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What Is TPMS And What Can It Do For You?

What Is TPMS And What Can It Do For You?

Posted by Kyle Fiveash, Vice President on Aug 21st 2017

You will see on many of our items that we either include TPMS sensors or we offer TPMS sensors for an additional cost. So just what is TPMS? TPMS stands for the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and whether you know it or not, your vehicle is most likely equipped with this feature. Due to the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act most all vehicles since 2007 include a tire pressure monitoring system of some kind. The purpose of the TPMS is to warn you of one or more of your tires being severely under-inflated. Driving under-inflated tires produces the risk of unsafe driving conditions. Serious car accidents have occurred due to poor tire inflation. Proper tire maintenance and inflation can prevent serious accidents or having to change a tire on the side of the road.

Before the invention of the TPMS, drivers had to exit their vehicle, have an air pressure gauge handy, and manually check their tire pressure. Now drivers get a warning in their vehicle when their tire pressure is low. The symbol above should not be ignored if it illuminates on your vehicle’s dashboard. The TPMS warning indicator can be a constant light or it can be a flashing light that goes on and off.

What should you do if the TPMS warning light is constantly illuminated while driving? If the light is constantly illuminated then that means that the tire pressure is low. The driver should get the vehicle to the nearest service station to manually check and adjust air pressure to the tires as needed. Once the air pressure is adequate, then the light should go off and you can safely proceed to drive.

A flashing TPMS alert light for 60-90 seconds after the vehicle starts indicates that the tire pressure monitoring systems or the TPMS sensors are not functioning properly. If this occurs you should take the vehicle to an auto service center for inspection. The tire pressure monitoring system is out of order and will not properly warn you of low tire pressure.

EZDealin either has TPMS sensors included with every order or available for additional purchase with every order. When included in a wheel and tire package the sensors will be installed inside the package. Once the package is delivered to the customer and the wheels and tires are installed, the customer can then look inside their owner’s manual for TPMS programming procedure. The simplest way to reprogram sensors is to take your vehicle to any reputable tire shop or dealership. Their electronic programming tools can have you back on the road in minutes. When a customer orders just wheels from EZDealin the sensors will be shipped in one of the four wheel boxes. The customer will take the sensors with the wheels to get tires installed and the tire shop will take care of installation and programming of sensors.

The consumer should be cautious of tire shops that state they cannot program the sensors that were purchased from EZDealin. Company policy states that all employees must verify that all new sensors work before installing or shipping to a customer. When tire shops cannot program sensors from us then either one of two things is happening; 1) The shop is not capable of modern technology and programming procedures or 2) the shop is trying to scam the customer to pay twice the cost for their sensors. Be cautious and contact EZDealin if a tire shop suggests you purchase sensors from them.