Do you have a late model vehicle that has tire pressure monitors? If your vehicle was made for the US market then you do! There are a few things you need to know before changing your wheels out for sure!
- Tire pressure monitoring systems can affect your traction control if not properly installed. Some vehicles actually disable your ability to shut off your vehicle stability control. That means that if it is winter and you are stuck and need to develop some tire spin, you may not be able too!
- Winter time is when your tires are at the greatest risk of tire pressure loss. Air is not only slowly leaking, it is compressing with temperature change! That is the time when you need your TPMS system most.
- Batteries are expected to be around 10 years life expectancy.
- Many times you can purchase a TPMS rebuild kit if you are trying to re-use your sensors on a new wheel. This would allow your service technician to service any rubber parts or lock nuts that are not designed to be re-used. Usually these kits range from 3-7 dollars each, so a good precautionary measure for sure!
- TPMS is a cost, but it is also a comfort! You can have the confidence that there is not a glaringly low tire on your vehicle when you are driving your family around.