Tire Doctors: How to fix my tire pressure light?
A TPMS (a Tire Pressure Monitoring system) is an electronic system in your vehicle that monitors your tire pressure and alerts you when it falls dangerously low. A sensor mounted in the wheel (as shown in the picture above) measures the air pressure and transmits a signal when it is below a certain level. The signal triggers a light to appear on the dashboard so that driver is made aware.

Direct TPMS sensors

Direct TPMS work by attaching a pressure sensor/transmitter to the vehicle’s wheels. An in-vehicle receiver warns the driver if the pressure in any tire falls below a predetermined level. Direct systems are typically more accurate and reliable and most are able to indicate which tire is under-inflated.

Indirect TPMS sensors

Indirect TPMS use the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system’s wheel speed sensors to compare the rotational speed of one tire versus the others. If a tire is low on pressure, it will roll at a different number of revolutions per mile than the other three and alert the vehicle’s on-board computer. Indirect systems are unable to generate accurate readings in cases where all four tires are losing pressure at the same rate, such as the effects of time and temperature and for that reason are uncommon.

Better safe then sorry

Customer like to justify not buying, replacing or repairing TPMS sensors because of the price…so lets say you saved $150-$300, by not buying/replacing/repairing TPMS sensors. Let’s say your driving down the road and suddenly your wheel starts shaking and you hear clunking. Turns out you were running on a flat tire and the clucking was rim banging against the road. The bill from this type of incident adds up quick! You aren’t hurt as it was just a light swerve off the road but the weight of the vehicle bent your rim and and your tire is all chewed up…yikes! If you have a black steel wheel, you might have a bill of about $100 to get a new one, but a factory alloy wheel from the dealership could cost you up to $1200! A brand new tire with installation will run you about $150-300. Not to mention you can’t drive away from the incidence…there’s another $200 to the two truck. Then you’ll have to rent a vehicle for a least a day, while yours is in the shop…there’s another $75-$100. So, saved $150-300 but you’re out anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

Can I just ignore the light on my dashboard?

You can ignore it, but we advise against it, just read the example above! Invest in your safety and the safety of others around you. Tire Doctors sell, install, and reset direct TPMS sensor…100% mobile.

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