Fortunately for all vehicle owners and drivers, our vehicles come with computer technology in order to warn us whenever a specific part or system of the vehicle is experiencing serious issues. One of these warning lights is the "TPMS" or "Tire Pressure Monitoring System" light.
The tire pressure monitoring system is a wonderful tool that notifies you when the pressure in one or more of the tires is not consistent with the baseline, which is set to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.
This is a very useful tool for every vehicle owner, as it helps keep you and your vehicle passengers safe by giving off a warning at the first sign of trouble.
Unfortunately not every vehicle, especially the much older ones, come equipped with such a system. If this is the case for you, we recommend that before driving your vehicle, you do a regular scan of the tires to make sure they seem inflated evenly. Making this a habit can one day come in handy because if you catch a flat or deflating tire ahead of time, repairing it at the first sign of trouble could save you from having to pay for a new tire altogether.
However, for those vehicles that do come with the TPMS, we recommend that you do not ignore the light, and especially do not attempt to reset it until the tire has been repaired and inflated back to the manufacturer's recommendations. Resetting or turning off the TPMS warning light could result in you forgetting about the problem, which can cause you to keep driving around with a flat tire, which in turn will cause a much more expensive repair later on.
In any case, make sure your vehicle always has a spare tire along with a jack, lug wrench, and wheel wedges. Nobody ever expects their vehicle to get a flat tire, so it is always best to be prepared for the rare time when this does happen.
As with any other warning light, for best results take care of the problem ASAP. If you need TPMS repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!