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What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Light on Dash

 

If you’ve glanced down at your dashboard during your Omaha travels, you may ask yourself, “What does TPMS mean?” TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and it’s a critical safety feature! Your TPMS tracks the air pressure in all four of your tires to recognize when one or more of them is running low. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System is standard in most new models, adding confidence to your commute from Lincoln to Blair. Once your air gets too low, you’ll see a warning in your dashboard, alerting you to add more air. This goes a long way towards preventing tire failure and improving drive quality. Learn more about your TPMS with our service team below!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

What does TPMS mean when it shows up in your dashboard? It means that you need to add air to your tires. You may see the letters “TPMS,” or the symbol may look like a flat tire with an exclamation point in the center. If you spot this warning, it means that one or more of your tires is low on air, which can lead to: 

  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout
  • Poor fuel economy

Over the short-term, proper tire inflation can prevent accidents by mitigating tire failure. Over the lifespan of your tires, keeping them properly inflated will prevent them from becoming prematurely worn out and can improve fuel economy. While your TPMS is a great feature, you can also do manual checks from time to time to be sure your tires are properly inflated.

Proper Tire Inflation

Whether your tires are overinflated or underinflated, improper tire pressure is problematic. On the other hand, a properly inflated tire will:

  • Reduce tread movement which increases the life of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance which will improve efficiency
  • Decrease the likelihood of hydroplaning through improved water dispersion 

If you’re unsure how much air your tires need, consult your owner’s manual. Keeping your tires properly inflated is a simple task that can add many miles to the life of your tires. This will save you both time and money in the long run. 

You have a few options to explore when you need to fill your tires with air:

  • Most gas stations offer air pumps near the filling area.
  • You can schedule service with us for full tire care. 
  • If you’re in a jam, you can add some extra air to your tire with a bike pump! 

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