Why is TPMS important?

Federal regulations require all cars manufactured after 2007 be TPMS equipped. This component is crucial for car safety because it monitors tire pressure and alerts drivers when air pressure levels drop.

TPMS Explained

There are two types of systems: direct and indirect. Direct gauges tire pressure using a sensor in the tire assembly. Data is collected and transmitted to your vehicle’s computer system. Indirect TPMS measures tire diameter using the Antilock Braking System (ABS). The differences between diameters will indicate air pressure levels. Both direct and indirect systems will notify drivers, through a dashboard icon, when any tire is 25% under-inflated. When this icon illuminates, it’s time to have your TPMS checked.

Why Use TPMS Services?

During TPMS service appointments, technicians check sensors to diagnose and address the problem. Whenever the TPMS icon lights up, a service appointment should be scheduled as soon as possible to reduce the risk of costly damages. Safety is compromised because low pressure affects steering ability and control. Underinflated tires will also quickly wear out and have to be replaced. On top of long-term financial benefits, optimal air pressure levels can also increase fuel economy by as much as 3.3% and reduce braking distances. TPMS services will keep your car safely and smoothly running.

With 5 locations within San Diego County, Family Auto Service is pleased to offer various automotive services. Our team of auto technicians is highly experienced and are always happy to spend extra time answering any questions you might have about your vehicle.

The next time your car, truck, or SUV needs service, stop into a Family Auto Service & Tire Center.

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