In a recent study, 42% of drivers were unable to identify the TPMS symbol.
In this study, 4 out of 10 driver could not identify the TPMS warning light, even though 96% of drivers considered under-inflated tires an important safety concern and 89% believed that properly inflated tires and a warning system could save their lives.
This is your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) warning light and when illuminated it indicates the tire pressure monitoring system has found a tire with low air pressure, a sensor with a dead battery or a TPMS system malfunction.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is a safety device that measures, identifies and warns you when one or more of your tires are significantly under-inflated. The TPMS light on your dash will flash if there is a system malfunction, while a steady illuminated light indicates an air pressure problem.
If the TPMS light is illuminated the first order of business is to check your tire pressure. If driving, pull over safely at the first opportunity. Once you determine you are not having a blowout, check the pressure in each tire with a tire gauge. If the problem is low tire pressure, fill your tires to the recommended pressure noted on your placard. Once corrected most vehicles will reset the TPMS light automatically, some will require a manual reset and some may require professional attention (refer to the owner’s manual). If your TPMS light is still illuminated after correcting the air pressure or you notice any tire damage, see a professional technician immediately.
Some vehicles may feature a different TPMS display but regardless of the type of TPMS alert in your vehicle, if it’s illuminated, your vehicle is trying to tell you something. One or more of your tires is underinflated or the TPMS system itself is malfunctioning and it needs immediate attention from you or your service professional.
Ignore your TPMS light and you may experience one or more of the following:
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TPMS Sensors communicate wirelessly with the vehicle