What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS symbol on a dashboard


Modern cars are equipped with more and more safety features each year, often referred to by acronyms like “TPMS.” What does TPMS mean? It’s the acronym for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and it’s one of many systems that’s become a standard feature on vehicles in recent years. If you’re driving on Peoria streets and your Tire Pressure Monitoring System gives you an alert, it means that the system has detected a problem with the amount of air pressure in one of your tires. The service department at Mike Murphy Ford can help you understand more about what TPMS means and what to do when you get the signal.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The TPMS alert is a dashboard light that often looks like a tire with an exclamation point in the center, but sometimes it might just be the letters TPMS. While it might be easy to ignore your Tire Pressure Monitoring System when you’re driving in East Peoria, thinking you’ll deal with it later, that’s not a good idea. If you’re driving on underinflated tires—the primary reason you’ll get a TPMS alert—and you don’t take care of the situation quickly, you can end up with:

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

In the short term, keeping your tires properly inflated can prevent an accident on Pekin streets. Down the line, improper inflation can cause your tires to wear out faster and even drop your fuel economy. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System means you can keep tabs on your tires without having to manually check the tire pressure as often.

Proper Tire Inflation

There isn’t one number that’s the proper tire inflation; it varies by vehicle. Check your owner’s manual to find out the right tire inflation for your make and model. Beyond having your TPMS to let you know when you check your tires, it’s easy to check your tire pressure with an inexpensive, small tire gauge. Over-inflation can also cause problems on the road. When your tires are properly inflated, you’ll:

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

You have several options when it comes to filling up your tires:

  • Your neighborhood gas station likely has a tire refill station.
  • You can take your vehicle to your favorite service center for full tire service.
  • If you just need a little bit more air, you can use a bike tire pump.

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly With Mike Murphy Ford

No matter what your tires need, the service center at Mike Murphy Ford can help! From tire replacement to showing you how to measure your tire pressure, we can help when you schedule an appointment with us.

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