What Does TPMS Mean?

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If you are looking at your dash and wondering what that TPMS warning light means, we are here to help. TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and it uses tire pressure sensors to track the air pressure of your tire. If it senses one or more of your vehicle's tires is not at the recommended pressure, then the light will go on - some TPMS lights flash - so you know to add air to your Toyota Camry and Toyota Highlander.

While this may not be your first thought when it comes to safety, the TPMS makes it easy to prevent tire failure and have predictable vehicle handling when driving around Chicago.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The reason for a tire pressure monitoring system is to track the pressure inside your tires and alert you if the levels drop too low. When the TPMS is illuminated, it can mean your tires underinflated, which can cause:

  • Excessive tire wear
  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout

Taking proper care of your tires is essential, and the right tire inflation makes sure your tires don't wear out before their prime, and it also protects you from a potential accident. A tire pressure monitoring system is an excellent way to keep track of your tire pressure during your Evanston travels without having to remember to do manual checks yourself.

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Proper Tire Inflation

Both under- and over-inflation of tires can lead to unwanted issues for Lincolnwood-area drivers. Meanwhile, a properly inflated tire will:

  • Reduce tread movement thereby increasing the life of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance which increases vehicle efficiency
  • Increase water dispersion which decreases the likelihood of hydroplaning 

To learn what the proper tire pressure is for your vehicle, refer to your owner's manual. Making sure your tires are correctly inflated is a fast and easy task that can save you money and stress long term. 

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly With Chicago Northside Toyota

If you want a vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system, peruse our new Toyota inventory available in Chicago. For additional information about auto service in Chicago, maintaining your tires, or if you need help making sure yours are properly inflated, our service center has certified technicians standing by ready to help. Contact us today for more details!