Is your TPMS light on! Let’s get it figured out! (side note: TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
IS THE TPMS LIGHT BLINKING, OR SOLID?
Blinking Fault Light: this means there is a problem with one or more sensors in your TPMS system. The most common is a dead or dying sensor battery. Jump over to our Crash Course on TPMS Transmitters to find out about different types of transmitters, and how they’re replaced.
Solid Fault Light: This means one or more of your sensors has detected a tire pressure outside of the recommended factory specifications. Usually this is due to low pressure.
CHECK FOR PUNCTURES, CRACKS OR TEARS IN THE SIDE WALL:
As a quick sanity check, check the tires for punctures, cracks on the sidewalls, or tears. More recent TPMS systems will even indicate which tire is detecting the problem.
If you do see any kind of damage, it’s best not to drive the vehicle if at all possible. Some vehicles have run-flat tires which can be driven at slow speeds (up to 45mph) for a limited number of miles depending on the tire brand and model. Check out this link to Tire Puncture Repair Basics!
For puncture repairs, let the pros handle it – at a time and place of your convenience – with getTREAD! Set appointment online for Puncture Repair
Quick tip: If the damage is to the tire sidewall, for your safety, we cannot attempt a repair and a new tire is recommended to be installed. Click here to start shopping for a replacement tire specific for your vehicle.
HAS THE WEATHER GOTTEN COLDER RECENTLY?
There may be times when a cold front comes in overnight- you’ll get in your car for your morning commute and see the TPMS light on (solid on). When the ambient temperature drops rapidly, it causes the air in your tires to contract, and therefore drop in pressure. Your TPMS system will detect the pressure is below the recommended factory specification, and turn on the TPMS light. Assuming you’ve checked for any real punctures, cracks, tears, or other damage to the vehicle, the common fix for this TPMS light is to simply top up the air in your tires back to the factory spec (either with your own mini air inflator system, at a nearby gas station, or by a service professional, like us 🙂
You can find the factory recommended COLD tire pressures on the sticker/placard on your front driver’s side door jamb:
HOW MANY MONTHS HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOUR LAST INFLATION?
Tires can lose about 2psi per month, depending on ambient temperature and elevation. It’s for this reason you should periodically check your pressures and top up as necessary. Of course, getTREAD can do this for you as well, at a time and place of your choosing! Check out our other services to help you avoid interruptions to your day, and get on with life!