TPMS stand for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The TPMS constantly monitors your car’s tire pressure and alerts you if it falls below a preset limit.
This is a common safety system on many cars made after 2002. In fact, it was mandated by the federal government as a standard safety feature for all cars, vans and light trucks made from 2008 on.
When do I need to have my car’s TPMS serviced?
- Whenever you have a flat tire or slow leak repair
- Whenever you replace tires
- Whenever you switch over to snow tires
- Whenever you change wheels, especially if you upgrade to a custom tire or rim size
Can anyone perform TPMS service?
In order to properly service your car’s TPMS, a service provider must invest in specialized equipment and training. At Bob Sumerel Tire & Service, we have that equipment and our technicians have been trained extensively on how to use it properly to keep you and your car safe and on the road. Standard tire valve service will not work on TPMS-equipped tires and should not be used.
What if my car has run-flat tires?
TPMS offers an extra benefit for cars with run flat tires. These tires are built so well that a pressure drop could easily go unnoticed. A properly running TPMS can help prevent tire damage or a serious accident.
What if my car doesn’t have a TPMS?
At Bob Sumerel Tire & Service we can install a portable direct sensor in your vehicle. The system’s individual sensor in each tire will monitor tire pressure, temperature and other important data and will alert you via a dashboard transmitter when a problem arises. Just call your local Bob Sumerel Tire & Service location to schedule an appointment.
What if I still have questions about TPMS?
First, call your local Bob Sumerel Tire & Service location. We will be happy to answer your TPMS questions and help you keep your car safe and on the road. If you want more information online, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided the following additional information from their Safercar.gov web site.