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Tire Pressure Monitoring System

image of man checking TPMSAll new cars and light trucks sold in Bedford, PA since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or 'TPMS'. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash.

So, my tires are a little under-inflated, what's the big deal?

Well, under-inflated tires can be a real safety concern for in PA. Government regulations requiring TPMS systems aim to reduce accidents in PA and save lives: A very worthy goal.

  • Under inflated tires don't handle properly and that can lead to an accident.

  • Under-inflated tires can overheat and cause the tire to come apart, which can also lead to an accident.

  • There are also positive environmental effects to having properly inflated tires because under-inflated tires are fuel wasters. They lose 1 percent of their fuel economy for every 3 pounds of pressure below ideal. So proper tire inflation can save you a tank of gas a year, And it makes your tires last longer so you won't have to replace them as often.

Some Information about TPMS Systems

There are two kinds of TPMS systems.

  • Direct systems have a battery powered sensor in each wheel that measures tire pressure. The sensor sends a signal to a receiver that illuminates the warning light if pressure is low on a tire.

  • Indirect systems use a computer program to detect under-inflation by measuring wheel rotation speeds and other data.

TPMS parts need to be replaced as they wear out, and obviously, the batteries in the sensors will run out someday. Road salt and grime can damage sensors too. The system needs to be reset anytime you rotate or change your tires.

Because the TPMS system is so important to your safety, you should make the repairs when needed. And remember, TPMS is no substitute for regularly checking your tire pressure– at least once a month.

Did you know that all of the service professionals at Townhill Auto service in Bedford are ASE Master certified mechanics? These dealer trained technicians really know their cars. Certified in all makes and models these professionals can easily diagnose and repair anything; from the smallest leak to a major repair. Back that with being a Napa Certified Service Center you can have peace in mind that every repair uses the highest quality parts with industry-leading warranties. Contact us for more details about your TPMS.

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