Importance of TPMS
Maintaining the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure is essential for optimal handling performance, and of course your safety. Inadequate tyre pressure will also trigger a host of other problems such as uneven tread wear, increased rolling resistance, reduced fuel efficiency and an overall drop in steering response.
Modern vehicles come with an advanced Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that works with TPMS sensors. Whenever the tyre pressure falls 25% below the recommended level, the TPMS sensor triggers a warning on the dashboard.
Types of TPMS used in vehicles
Currently, there are two kinds of TPMS systems available:
Direct TPMS: In this case, dedicated sensors are mounted on the car wheels. These sensors monitor the tyre pressure directly in real-time. Whenever the pressure drops below 25%, the sensor triggers the warning light.
Indirect TPMS: This TPMS depends on the wheel speed sensor of your vehicle’s Anti-lock Braking System. A tyre with low pressure will move at a different speed than the other tyres. The indirect TPMS uses this data to indirectly assess the tyre pressure.
When should you consider replacing your car’s TPMS sensor Burton on Trent?
Experts suggest that you should get your vehicle’s TPMS checked at least once every five years or after you’ve driven 100,000 miles.
Sometimes, the TPMS warning light will turn on even after you have inflated the tyres to the optimum level. On the other hand, it might fail to warn you in case of a tyre pressure drop. This indicates something is definitely wrong with the TPMS system and its sensors and they need to be replaced as quickly as possible.
The TPMS sensors often need changing before time due to a failing battery. In that case, you need to get the sensors replaced. TPMS sensors cannot be repaired.
Causes of TPMS failure
TPMS malfunction can also occur due to the following reasons:
- Accidents, collision and other physical damages to the valves and the sensor of the TPMS system.
- Corrosion of the TPMS valve.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures, dirt and mud can also affect the smooth functioning of the TPMS components.
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