Tire Pressure Sensors In Three Minutes
TPMS stands for tire pressure monitoring system which is a safety device that warns automobile drivers that their tires are under-inflated. These sensors are mounted to the wheels and are located inside the tire. When your vehicle’s tire pressure drops 25%, the tire pressure warning light will come on.
This system was first implemented in Europe, in 1986, in Porsches. The US introduced it in 1997, in the C5 Corvette. Because of the Firestone tire blow-out cases and recalls, that caused many accidents and 119 deaths in the late 1990s and early 2000s, automakers were mandated to equip their vehicles with TPMS systems and by 2008 all passenger cars were required to have this system to reduce accidents and improve fuel economy and decrease air pollution.
Just a 20% loss of tire pressure will affect steering, and it is estimated that about 20% of car crashes are caused partially due to under-inflated tires. Under-inflated tires can also blow-out much easier.
On average, your tires lose a pound of pressure per month and a pound of pressure for every ten degree change in temperature. This means that from summer to winter, your tires can deflate up to 12 psi (pounds per square inch). You shouldn’t wait for the TPMS light to come on to get your tires inflated to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure. It is a good idea to get your tires checked every two months. Finishline Auto Repair provides free tire pressure checks to help you drive safely and save money. Just stop by anytime and have your tire pressures checked regularly. We are here to serve you.[/mp_span] [/mp_row]