What is TPMS and does your car have it?
TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is an electronic system designed to monitor air pressure inside the tire on your vehicle. TMPS reports real time tire pressure to the driver either using a gauge, picture display or warning lights. This information is transmitted from a battery operated sensor inside of the tire using radio frequencies. This system was mandated by the Federal Government and the Department of Transportation under bill FMVSS no. 138. This bill requires the installation of a TPMS on all new passenger cars, trucks and buses produced after 2007.
Benefits of TPMS:
Fuel Savings - Properly aired tires will maximize fuel economy and save you money at the gas pump.
Extended Tire Life - Under inflated tires are the #1 cause of tire failure.
Safety On The Road - Properly inflated tires add greater stability, handling and braking on the road.
Less Accidents - It is estimated that 40,000 accidents and 650 deaths per year are caused by tire failures from under inflated tires.
What to do:
Regularly check your tire pressure and make sure all tires are in good working condition with plenty of tread left. If you notice any TPMS warning lights or low pressure gauges, stop at your mechanic for service.
Mounting Tires with TPMS $20 per tire
EZ-Sensor Replacement $70 per sensor
Vehicle TPMS Sensor Relearn $20 per vehicle