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The TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is an electronic piece, which alerts the driver when the tire pressure is exceedingly low as it could lead to risky driving conditions. A frequent reason for the failure of a TPMS is unprofessional handling during a tire change or servicing. One may face the following problems regarding the TPMS.

1. A TPMS sensor is not working anymore due to the expiry of its battery.

2. The functioning of a TPMS sensor is irregular because of a faulty battery.

3. Since the antenna might be flawed the TPMS module is not accepting signals from one or more sensors.

4. The relearning technique is not followed properly after services like tire rotation.

5. The owner of the machine has no idea about the operations of a TPMS.

While diagnosing the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, one should look for a flawed TPMS valve and he should also observe the age and mileage of the motor vehicle since the TPMS sensors create their signals and utilize their battery life depending upon the usage of the vehicle. If the sensors operate in the way they are supposed to then he has to examine the other causes behind the problem.

A TPMS tool is necessary to make contact with a TPMS system through the OBDII diagnostic connector, which is placed beneath the instrument panel. After inserting the tool he should scan and subsequently write down the faulty codes so that there is no risk of forgetting them once the memory of the module is removed. There have been instances when the TPMS module has been working perfectly well but not receiving the correct data from the keyless entrance.

If that is the case he needs to consult the OE service information to have an understanding about the operation of a TPMS. A TPMS might crash or display false codes due to electromagnetic interference (EMI).

One needs to have a grasp of the workings of a TPMS because research says that even if the vehicle’s tires are low your TPMS will never let you realize that. The TPMS warning will only be reached to the owner when the pressure is 25 percent lower than the correct value which is sufficient to diminish fuel economy and make  the tires adequately hotter.

Inspection of the TPMS can be done by:

A. Revolving the ignition key to its starting position and spotting the warning alert. If the light of the TMPS shows the decreasing pressure of the tire at any wheel, then one must inspect the pressure of the wheel with a reliable tire pressure-measuring instrument. If it is found to be inaccurate then one must regulate the pressure with the help of either compressed air or compressed nitrogen.

B. If the light points towards a faulty system then the ideal approach should be to attach a suitable examining tool to the system and gather information about any diagnostic trouble codes(DTCs).

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The Summer months may play havoc with tire pressures, but its Winter periods that play havoc with your TPMS. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is a part of pretty much every new car to roll off the production line, and the system is there to help you monitor tire pressures.

After all, a properly inflated tire carries many benefits which include better fuel consumption and less chance of you having a blowout and then forking out to pay for a new set of tires.

How Winter Affects your TPMS

You have probably been in this position already, you get into your car on a chilly and cold December morning to head to work or the grocery store and you presented with the TPMS warning light which is telling you that your tires are under-inflated.

The monitoring system is usually attached to each car tire and during colder weather it can leave your tires under-inflated, but sometimes this can be a glitch in the system because your car has been sitting outside all night in those temperatures.

Sometimes it takes just a few minutes of driving for your tires to warm up and for that annoying warning light to disappear, but sometimes it could be a genuine problem with under-inflated tires, and according to a recent report more than 80% of us drive around with at least one under-inflated tire, so you can see the benefits from using the Tire Pressure Monitoring System correctly.

Check your Tire Pressure Regularly

In order to keep on top of tire pressure you should check your tires at least once a month throughout the year, not just during the colder months. Keeping your tires inflated will also lead to a better driving experience for you and guide you away from sluggish control that would normally be apparent with tires that are under-inflated.

To check how much your tire should be inflated to you can check your manufacturer’s handbook or look online for the PSI. Once you know the tire pressure you can then top it up to the safe level to prevent any blowouts.

Unsure what the TPMS light looks like? You should see a yellow symbol appear in front of you with an exclamation mark through the middle, this is the warning light you will need to look out for.

The final thing we wanted to point out when it comes to under-inflated tires during the winter is that they can actually wear your tires out as well. It’s not just a case of high fuel bills, less control of your car, and increased chances of having a roadside blowout…under-inflated tires are the cause to many quickly worn out tires across the country, so keeping your tires topped up will help your safety as well as other car drivers around you.

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If you thought that the Winter season would be the time of the year that you are more likely to have a tire blowout on you then think again, because Summer happens to be one of the biggest times of the year for these incidents. It’s not the cold that becomes your tire’s worst enemy, it’s the heat.

What you have to take into account are a couple of aspects, from the type of tires you have on your vehicle, to under-inflation problems, to how you tend to drive, right through to the actual conditions of the road that you are driving on (remember the road surface gets pretty hot during the summer months!).

We are going to look into more detail on how you can prevent a blowout from occurring this Summer and why heat has such an impact to tires.

Why Does Heat Affect Tires?

Each tire has a design rating and a threshold when it comes to how much overheating it can take before it eventually blows out. With increased cornering, excessive speeds, increased friction and constant braking you are going to be putting your tires under a lot of pressure, especially during heat waves.

Not all tires will have that same rating factor either, cheaper tires will be built differently to the more expensive tires out there, and if you go an take a look at your car tires now you will see 3 grading types.

  • A
  • B
  • C

The classification A is the coolest running of all three types, whilst the C classification means that it will be prone to run hotter and be more susceptible to blow outs than A.

How Can I Prevent a Summer Blowout?

Aside from going down to the local garage to get yourself a set of 4 brand new A class tires, you should always make sure that your tires are inflated to the correct recommendations. An under-inflated tire is more prone to a blowout regardless of the weather conditions so having under-inflated tires during the summer months will only increase the chances of a blowout happening to you.

Be more aware of how you are driving, stick to the speed limits, don’t take corners excessively, and even look into having your tires filled up with Nitrogen Inflation will help in those blazing hot road conditions.By inflating your tires you will benefit from better fuel consumption as well so in the long-run you are going to save money. 

It’s also the tire tread you need to keep an eye out for, if your tires are two-32ths then that is now classed as a won out tire and you are going to be opening yourself up for a blowout. If your tires are looking worn then you should replace them before the hot weather touches down.

Note: For each 10 degree temperature increase we experience, you can take it that you will gain at least a pound of air in each of your tires.

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are meant to check the pressure in your tyre to make sure they are safe to drive. Most of the time, they’re used for avoiding tyre bursts and accidents that involve low pressure wheels.

This system becomes even more important when the seasons change from summer to winter. Winter comes with its own set of problems that could prove detrimental for tyres. In some Scandinavian countries like Norway, Finland Sweden, the rules simply do not allow for the use of a summer wheel during winter. Your license could be taken away and you will be asked to head home.

This shows the importance of a well set tpms sensor and using it effectively. Both your summer and winter wheels need a TPMS, which has been mandatory by Federal law on all passenger vehicles since 2008.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain your tpms sensor in winters.

  • Recalibrate the system you are using. The TPMS system may only remember four sets of wheels so you may have to take it to the manufacturer to adjust the wheels when you switch over from summer to winter ones.
  • Check the tpms and put it through a few tests to see if it functions properly. Getting it right could save lives as the pressure is more fully understood.
  • Always check your tyre pressure in the morning when the wheels are cold.
  • If the tpms sensor is getting too cold, try to check if it is working okay.
  • The adequate amount of pressure in the tyres depends on the vehicle you are driving. So the manufacturer may have mentioned this in the owner’s manual. check for this in the glove box or one of the vehicle door edges.
  • Always check the inflation pressure regularly. Make sure you get one every month and one after every long road trip.
  • If you’ve just driven the car, checking the pressure may not be best. Wait till they’ve cooled and then you can go about checking the tyres properly.
  • If you can check the spare, do that as well. Better safe than sorry in most cases.
  • Go one step further and check the tyres with your own eyes. If there is any sign of a nail or pointy object lodged into the tyre that could be leaking out the air and reducing pressure, get it sorted out right away.
  • With seasonal changes, the tyre pressure required changes too. In the summer months, when it warmer, the pressure required goes up by 1-2 pounds for every 10 degree change in temperature. This is the same for tyres in winter, but the pressure decreases by 1-2 by every 10 degree change.

Remember, failing tpms can lead to failed tyres. Many accidents occur due to the tpms failing and the pressure being mismanaged. Too much or too little pressure could be harmful. So, check the tyre pressure with the tpms and check the tpms itself regularly every winter to be safe on the roads.

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It's always a good idea to get a sense of the level of pressure one's tires have. People can sometimes feel their tires to at least estimate how strong they are, but those types of rudimentary pressure tests are not going to be adequate given the task at hand. Acura TL tire pressure sensors can actually give people the accurate pressure readings that they so severely need. When people have Acura TL TPMS sensors, they will be able to gauge the safety of their tires that much more accurately.

 

When tires are even slightly on the low side in terms of the level of pressure that they have, drivers will often waste a lot of fuel. Essentially, cars will have to use that much more energy in order to move around, which is going to translate to high fuel costs. Purchasing Acura TL tire pressure sensors can actually help drivers save a lot of money very quickly, since they will be that much more likely to maintain the pressure in their tires.

 

Driving on tires that are chronically too low is also not going to be good for them. New tires are expensive, and most drivers are going to want to make sure that they keep their tires inflated properly or they're going to accumulate too much wear and tear. Many people may believe that their tires are properly inflated if they are simply using their hands to monitor the pressure of the tires in a basic sense. They may be surprised at just how much the level of pressure in one's tires can fluctuate over the course of driving them. Even driving over one too many potholes one day can severely change the pressure levels in a tire. Purchasing Acura TL tire pressure sensors will help drivers confirm that they are taking care of their tires and their cars correctly.

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Many people don't even think of monitoring the tire pressure in their cars. They may just gradually get used to the fact that their cars are not as easy to maneuver as they once were, which can quickly become something of a new normal for them. Tires lose all of their pressure very gradually. People will not notice it if their tires only lose a little pressure. However, from there, they can also lose a little pressure. This pattern can continue until the tires are completely out of pressure, resulting in a flat tire.

 

This process also tends to accelerate somewhat, so tires can seemingly become flat very rapidly. People don't usually experience similar problems with their brakes, because cars are equipped with brake lights. Even many of the oldest cars are going to have brake lights, which will easily alert people to any of the problems that they are experiencing with their brakes. Brakes are some important when it comes to safety that it is essential to have an alert system like this, or drivers would often find themselves in risky situations.

 

The F-150 tire pressure sensors system operates according to similar principles, which is why the system is so important for drivers. This system is equipped with a warning light, which can make all the difference for drivers that are too distracted to be constantly checking on the pressure in their tires. They can simply receive helpful alerts for whenever they're experiencing clear problems with their tire pressure.

 

The F-150 TPMS system can help drivers prevent potential problems with their cars, which will truly make a big difference in their lives in the long run. Many drivers end up waiting for a problem to actually occur before they truly get around to fixing it. Thanks to tools like the F-150 tire pressure sensors system, they can prevent problems.

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Chevrolet Silverado TPMS

3/5/2015 8:41 AM

A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an electronic system which helps to monitor the tire pressure on various vehicles. The Chevrolet Silverado TPMS is no different. The system functions by reporting the real-time tire pressure information to the driver. When the tire pressure of the vehicle becomes too low, a warning is displayed to the driver that the tire needs attention.

 

This system is particularly useful for those who live in areas with road hazards. The Chevrolet Silverado TPMS is designed to allow the driver maximum mobility with minimum stress. In the event that your truck experiences tire damage, the TPMS will alert you that your tires are losing pressure. This will allow you to travel to your local tire professionals and have the tires looked at. This helps to prevent damage from driving on underinflated tires. The system also helps drivers avoid unnecessary headaches caused by being stranded due to a flat tire.

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Your tires are essential to the function of your vehicle. Without them, it simply won’t be mobile, so you need to make sure that they are properly maintained. There are three areas of tire care that you need to be vigilant about, and these are the tire pressure, the tire tread depth, and the tire balance.

  1. Tire Pressure – Proper air pressure is necessary for a longer life for your tires, lower fuel consumption, and increased road safety. Over-inflated tires give you a rough ride and premature wearing, while under-inflated tires give you decreased fuel economy, premature wearing on the tread edges, imprecise handling, and even overheating. For easier frequent checks, have a tire pressure monitoring sensor installed. Besides this, make time to bring your car to a service center for manual tire pressure checks at least once a month.

Keep in mind that under-inflated tires are instrumental for more than 600 deaths and 33,000 injuries each year, so make sure that your tire pressure is always correct before you go for a drive.

 

  1. Tire Tread Depth – Your tires need to hold fast to the road, especially in slippery conditions, so make sure that they have sufficient tread depth for better traction. You can check for sufficient tread depth by slipping a quarter upside down into a tire groove. If any space above Washington’s head is visible, it means you need to get new tires.

If wearing, on the other hand, seems to be uneven, it means that you need to get the suspension or wheel alignment looked at.

To slow down the wear on your tires, make sure that they’re always properly inflated, that the wheels are aligned, and that the suspension is good.

 

  1. Tire Balance – Proper balance and regular rotation are important in prolonging the life of your tires as well as in providing a safer driving experience. If you feel strange vibrations through the steering or chassis, if the tires seem to be wearing unevenly, or if your car pulls to one side, there’s probably need for suspension repair or wheel alignment.

Remember that the tires are the only point of contact between the road and your car. For this reason, you should take the recommended appropriate measures to preserve their quality. Well-maintained tires ensure great performance, increasing road safety, fuel economy, and smooth mobility, so invest in proper tire care measures such as installing a tire pressure monitoring sensor and going for regular tire inspections.

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You need tires to get your vehicle moving forward (or backward), so it’s important to make sure that yours are properly maintained. An important part of taking care of your tires is making sure that they’re not under-inflated; yet, many drivers tend to forgo the habit of regularly checking tire pressure. This is foolhardy. Proper tire air pressure does not only preserve the quality of your tires, but it minimizes fuel consumption as well, thus saving you money and lessening your carbon footprint. More importantly, however, it also increases road safety.

Since proper tire air pressure can save lives, it’s not something to trifle with. You need to do your due diligence and ensure that your tires are always well-maintained. The following are some tips you can follow on taking care of your tires:

  1. Make manual checks a monthly habit. Manually checking your tire pressure should be done regularly. You also need to do it anytime you’re going for a long drive. Having a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) installed in your car does not spare you the need to do manual checks, so make sure that you get it done at least once a month.
  2. Check for the presence of TPMS in your car by looking for its symbol on the dashboard. It should light up when you turn your key to the on position. If you still can’t determine if your car has one, refer to the owner’s manual.
  3. Check tire pressure before you drive, while the tires are still cold. This gives you the most accurate reading.
  4. Install TPMS sensors when you switch to winter tires or buy new wheels. Without the sensors, your TPMS becomes futile.
  5. Watch out for low tire pressure warning during the winter months. The large temperature drops can cause this, so you need to go to a tire service center to have it properly checked out when this happens.
  6. Install new TPMS sensors when batteries die. The batteries last only five to seven years and cannot be replaced. If you’re driving a five-year-old (or older) model, you probably already need to see a TPMS specialist to get a new sensor installed.
  7. Know what to do when the TPMS symbol lights up on your dashboard. This means that at least one of your tires is 25 percent below the recommended air pressure. Pull over to check the state of your tires. If they’re still okay to drive on, bring it carefully to the nearest service center.

Tire pressure maintenance is an important part of owning a car, so make sure that you follow these tips for longer-lasting tires, lower driving costs, and safer car travels.

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When people think about the safety condition of their car, most will automatically think of how their brakes are performing. But another as crucial, but often neglected,factor is the tire pressure, which is the amount of air inside the tires. Incorrect pressure can affect the brakes, the stability of the car and its cornering ability. It compromises your fuel economy, your riding comfort, the lifespan of your tires and, most especially, your safety on the road.

Under-inflation can cause skidding and may lead to slips when roads are wet,as well as an overall loss of control. Too low tire pressure puts the tire surface too closein contact with the road for comfort. This creates an unnecessarily high level of friction that causes wear, overheating and even tread separation. Meanwhile, over-pressure causes tires to bounce instead of running steadily and firmly on the ground. Your car loses grip and your stopping distance suffers.

A lot of accidents have been traced to incorrect tire pressure. The impact of tire pressure on driver and passenger safety is so pronounced that ithas promoted authorities topass laws that ensure vehicles are running on tires withthe recommended inflation pressure. Today, new cars and trucks classified for light duty use are required to have tire pressure monitor systems installed. Note that even the most minimal pressure loss can already have a negative effect – under-inflation by a mere 8 psi can already increase your fuel consumption by 4% more, cause wallowing,and make your vehicle difficult to control.

While pressure monitoring systems can alert you about the state of your tire pressure, the best way to ensure safety is to practice preventive maintenance measures that will help you avoid problems before they lead to premature damage, costly repairs, accidents and other consequences. Listed below are tire maintenance tips that every motorist should routinely follow.

-        Perform pressure checks on your own and on a regular basis, when the tires are cool and have “rested” after some time.

-        You won’t be able to accurately detect tire pressure problems by merely looking at your tires, but it’s still good practice to make physical inspections on the tire surfaces. Look out for bulges, cuts, misalignment and other irregularities.

-        Make it a regular habit to check you tire pressure before going on a long road trip.

-        Ask your trusted mechanic to include a tire pressure check whenever you go in for service or maintenance.

-        Check with your tire manufacturer on the recommended lifespan of each tire to see if it’s time for a replacement.

-        Don’t forget your spare – have it checked for correct pressure and inspect it from time to time to ensure it’s in tip-top shape when you need it.

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