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For those who may not speak car jargon, TPMS stands for “Tire Pressure Monitoring System”. And if you own a newer vehicle, it is likely that you have this device on your tires. So what does this device do? TPMS is an electronic system with a device located inside of your tires so that it can measure the air pressure within the tires. This device will let you know if your tires are over or under-inflated by turning on the TPMS warning light located on your dashboard. When the light is blinking, it means there is an issue with the TPMS device itself and it should be inspected; if the light is solid, then you should have your tire pressure checked out to ensure it within the proper pressure range (as indicated on the tire sidewall). According to the US TREAD Act, all vehicle models produced in 2008 and going forward should be supplied with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, including a sensor mounted on each tire valve stem so that the tire pressure of each tire may be monitored and able to make the driver aware when under or over-inflation is detected. Be aware, if your TPMS light turns on after you have installed a spare tire, you don’t have to worry. All this means is that the system is not able to find a TPMS device within the spare tire, and this is nothing to be concerned about. Keeping your tires properly inflated can increase your gas mileage, and your car’s ability to brake. By alerting you to this need, this system plays a critical role in vehicle safety.

At Doug’s Automotive, it is our goal to ensure safety on the road as well. Along with our fair pricing, honest diagnostics, and exceptional service, we will work tire-lessly to ensure your tire pressure monitoring system is working properly.

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