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What Does TPMS Mean?

There’s no doubt that cars can be complicated. So when someone asks our service experts, “What does TPMS mean?” we’re ready to help. Keep reading to find how it helps your drives through Los Angeles

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and it uses tire pressure sensors to track the air pressure on the tires on your vehicle. If your TPMS detects that one or more of your tires are quite a ways off of your recommended tire pressure, you’ll receive a warning on your dashboard.

What Does TPMS Mean For Your Safety?

Your tires might not be your first thought when it comes to your safety, but they’re actually some of the most important safety features on your new Kia. Proper tire inflation will keep your tires from wearing out prematurely and help ensure superior handling. A TPMS is an easy way to keep track of your tire pressure during your trips around town.

The purpose of a tire pressure monitoring system is to track the pressure inside your tires and alert you if the levels drop below the recommended amount. If your tire pressure light comes on, it means your tires are either under-inflated or overinflated. Unless you’ve recently filled up your tires, it’s likely that your tires are under-inflated.

Under-inflated tires can cause serious issues while driving through Anaheim or Carson, including:

  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout
  • Excessive tire wear
  • Poor traction

Proper Tire Inflation

Both over and under-inflation of tires cause several issues. However, properly inflated tires will help to:

  • Increase the life of your tires
  • Reduce rolling resistance which will increase vehicle efficiency
  • Increase water dispersion which decreases the likelihood of hydroplaning and reduces the likelihood of an accident

To find out what the proper tire pressure is for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual or call the service department at Kia Cerritos. Remember to always check your tire pressure whenever you rotate your tires.

Bring Your Vehicle in for Service at Kia Cerritos

Are you ready for new tires or a tire rotation? Schedule service at Kia Cerritos! Contact us if you have any questions about your tires, or if you’re still asking “what does TPMS mean?” Our experts are ready to answer any questions you may have, including ones about how to improve your credit score.

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