TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) and what it means for you this winter
With the seasons changing and winter right around the corner comes cold weather, lower temperatures, and tire pressure warning lights! Don’t be overly concerned though, it’s completely normal for this time of year. It’s also something you can easily attempt to fix yourself without assistance from or a trip to the Acura store!
Temperature and altitude have a direct effect on tire pressure, here’s how:
- Tires that are inflated and checked in a warm weather environment can become under-inflated in cold weather.
- Tires that are inflated and checked in a cold weather environment can become over-inflated in warm weather.
What does this mean for you? Well if it’s been awhile since your last service visit, chances are your tires were last checked in warmer weather. With the lower temperatures arriving the pressure inside your tires will start to drop, usually causing the TPMS light to be displayed in the vehicles multi-informational display.
Why should you be concerned about lower tire pressure?
- Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to over heat and can lead to potential tire failure.
- Under-inflated tires can reduce the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency.
- Under-inflated tires can also reduce the vehicle’s overall ability to handle accelerating, turning, or stopping.
- Prolonged driving can also lead to incorrect tire wear and tread life. This will also lead to excessive road noise. Especially if your vehicle is equipped with all wheel drive or all wheel steering.
Now if you’re like me and can’t just drop everything and pay a visit to the Acura store every time a light on the dash comes on, especially when it’s something that you can take care of at home or at a local fueling station. If you ever find yourself in a situation where your TPMS light illuminates and you cannot get to an Acura store right away here is a simple walk-through of how to solve the problem.
What to do if the TPMS light illuminates:
- Visually inspect the tires for damage. You are looking for any big gouges, scrapes, debris, or dry-looking rubber.
- If the tires pass visual inspection use a tire pressure gauge (or check the vehicles multi-informational display) to check which tire(s) has lower pressure.
- Inflate the tires to recommended pressure. Usually this information is listed on here tire itself, driver’s door jamb, or owner’s manual.
- Continue on your drive. If hone light doesn’t disappear after 10-15 minutes of driving (35mph+) you may have an issue with one or more of the sensors in the tires. A simple call to the Acura service department and a quick diagnosis of the 4 sensors usually corrects the problem.
We at Acura Columbus strive to have 100% customer satisfaction with our vehicles and our service. We hope this information helps you during your winter driving months and if you don’t have a tire pressure gauge of your own feel free to ask your service writer for a complementary tire pressure gauge during your next visit.
Also feel free to let us know how we’re doing, how we can improve, or if you have a topic you think needs covered in an article. We love hearing from our customers!