In the United States, passenger vehicles model year 2007 and newer are required to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for safety. The purpose of the TPMS is to monitor tire air pressure levels and provide an alert when one or more tires are underinflated.
There are two types of TPMS:
M.I.C. Tire Pros services both kinds using the sophisticated Bartec 400 Pro scanner. We repair or replace sensors to solve TPMS problems and will reset the warning light in the event of an incorrect trigger.
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Direct TPMS: Most vehicles have a dTPMS. In this system, each tire has a sensor located on the inside or outside of the tire. The sensors report tire inflation status to the vehicle's on-board computer. Most dTPMS sensors require a battery and run on a limited lifespan. To conserve battery life, most dTPMS manufacturers design the system to record data only when the vehicle is in operation.
Indirect TPMS: An iTPMS monitors each tire's rotational speed to determine whether or not a tire is at proper inflation levels. To understand how this works, you need to know what happens when tires are at different inflation levels. Underinflated tires have an overall diameter that is less than a properly inflated tire. As a result, the underinflated tire must rotate faster to cover the same distance as the other tires. If the iTPMS senses a tire rotating at a different speed, it alerts the driver of an inflation problem. An iTPMS may also sense overinflated tires since they rotate at a slower speed compared to properly inflated tires.
Your TPMS system, like anything else, has a limited life. Certain things can wear your sensors out faster, like how much you drive the vehicle, or weather conditions. Corroded valve stems can cause them to wear out prematurely. This can pose a bigger problem because your tires could just suddenly go flat. When a TPMS sensor fails, it should alert you by flashing. this is unfortunately not always the case. Not everyone knows (or cares) when their TPMS light comes on, or what that light means.
Generally speaking, you should replace the TPMS sensors when you get new tires on your vehicle for the first time, after 5-7 years or 60,000-80,000 miles.The sensor may still work for a little but, but the batteries are not designed to last a lifetime, and will need to be changed.
There are several reasons to pay attention to your TPMS or install one on an older vehicle:
If you need TPMS assistance, contact M.I.C. Tire Pros today. We help drivers across Long Island City, NY, Queens, NY, Manhattan, NY, and surrounding areas keep track of tire psi levels. We install new TPMS sensors if you need a replacement, and our tire services include diagnostic and troubleshooting if you suspect a problem with your dTPMS or iTPMS. Give us a call today at (718) 626-5200, or contact us for more information.
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