Help! My TPMS Sensor Turned On!
Your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is the system in your car that alerts you when the air pressure drops inside the tire. Our auto repair shop talks what it is, how it works, and when to stop by our shop.
As the weather cools down, it is common for your tire pressure to decrease as the temperature does. Normally, this isn’t the end of the world and simply requires filling your tires with some air at a local gas station.
However, it also turns on to alert you of unsafe driving conditions. If the light is illuminated, your tires may be underinflated, leading to tire wear and possible failure such as a blowout. Understanding the importance of proper tire inflation is crucial for staying safe on the road.
If you see an alert about your tire pressure (or other maintenance lights in your car), don’t ignore them. Stop by the shop! We’re conveniently located on S Dale Mabry right here in South Tampa!
What Does a TPMS Warning Light Mean?
An illuminated TPMS symbol can help you avoid a dangerous situation by alerting you of low tire pressure. As soon as it turns on, you should investigate your tires to make sure there is no substantial damage.
Ideally, you should keep a tire pressure gauge in your trunk that you can use in these incidents. The correct pressure for your tires can be found in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s door jamb.
Be aware that having TPMS doesn’t replace routine tire maintenance. This tool will alert you when the pressure is low, but the pressure may drop below the ideal level long before this indicator lights up on your dashboard.
Check your tire pressure monthly (remember the spare!) and have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles.
My TPMS Light Turns On and Off
When tire pressure(s) are close to the threshold to trigger the light, fluctuating temperatures may cause the light to turn on and off. You are most likely to see it turn on early in the morning and turn off in the heat of the day. Use a gauge to make sure the pressure isn’t too low and add any air if necessary.
If you need help, come by and see our friendly team at Ice Cold Air – conveniently located on S Dale Mabry. Our tire services should set you straight. Our licensed technicians will check inflation pressure and rotate your tires.
Getting from Point A to Point B with proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage. Now, that’s a recent to pull out that tire gauge!
TPMS Light Flashes and Stays On
If the TPMS light flashes for around 60-90 seconds every time you start your vehicle before remaining illuminated, then it is not functioning properly. You should take it to an automotive service center, like Ice Cold Air on S Dale Mabry, to have it inspected as soon as possible.
Until it is repaired, your TPMS will not indicate low tire pressure.
Ice Cold Air is Here for Your Tires!
Remember it’s recommended you check your tire pressure each month (remember the spare!) and have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles. If you are having issues with your TPMS or your tires, stop by Ice Cold Air!
We’re more than just ice-cold air; you can trust us with anything your car needs to get you from Point A to Point B. Call us today to get you back to smooth-cruising; (813) 879-0600! We’ll book you an appointment as soon as possible. Or swing by the shop! You can find us at Ice Cold Air 410 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.