What Does TPMS Mean on a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram?

TPMS Light on Dash

 

What does TPMS mean when you see it highlighted as a key feature on a new or pre-owned Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram? TPMS is an acronym for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. A TPMS is a very useful feature for Overland Park drivers! It uses tire pressure sensors to monitor the air pressure of all four tires; if the TPMS senses low pressure in one or multiple tires, it alerts the driver via a dashboard warning message. Learn more about how a TPMS can make car ownership easier in the guide below. 

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Make Car Ownership Simpler

These days, most new vehicles come standard-equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. Without a TPMS, Gardner drivers have to manually check the air pressure of each individual tire on a routine basis. With a TPMS, you only have to take action when you see the warning light on your dashboard! Depending on the vehicle, the TPMS warning light may be an icon of a flat tire with an exclamation mark in the middle, or just the letters “TPMS”. 

When the TPMS light pops up, it means at least one of your tires is underinflated. It’s best to stop at a gas station tire fill station as soon as possible to correct the issue, as underinflation can lead to other problems:

  • Uneven treadwear 
  • Less road grip 
  • Flat tire or blown out tire 
  • Decreased payload capabilities 
  • Decreased fuel efficiency

It’s not always convenient to stop for a tire fill-up, but it can help keep you safe on Springhill roads and prevent long-term tire damage or uneven treadwear. 

Why Does Tire Pressure Matter? 

Every vehicle has a recommended tire pressure that drivers should abide by. Changes in outside temperatures can lead to over- and under-inflation, which will trigger the tire pressure monitoring system. Maintaining proper tire pressure is important because it helps to:

  • Prevent rapid or uneven treadwear, leading to longer tire life 
  • Decrease rolling resistance and maintain fuel efficiency
  • Foster good water dispersion, lowering the chances of dangerous hydroplaning

Unsure what the recommended tire pressure is for your vehicle? Your owner’s manual will have the information you need. When your TPMS alerts you to low air pressure, there are several options available to fill the affected tire(s):

  • Most gas stations have a dedicated area for tire fill-ups
  • Your preferred auto service provider 
  • In a pinch, you can add a small amount of air with a bike pump 
  • There are also portable tire inflators available to purchase 

Visit Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram for Tire Service

Whether you’re looking for a new vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system or you need general tire service like a tire rotation and fill-up, Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram can help. Visit us to see our extensive inventory in Olathe or schedule a visit with our service department to get started!

 

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