Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) became mandatory in 2007 and warn a driver when one of their tires is significantly underinflated. The most common method is via a wireless transmitter that's installed to the vehicle's wheel. An in-vehicle receiver warns the driver if the pressure in any tire falls below a predetermined level.
If you're purchasing new wheels, many times it can make sense to add new sensors to your order. Or if you are looking for replacements, we can assist with that as well
When purchasing a new tire pressure monitoring system, consider the following information:
- Sensors are battery powered with an average expected life of 7-10 years.
- For easy replacement, replace sensors when swapping out your old tires for a new set. The sensors will be exposed during the process.
- If you're re-using sensors from another set of wheels, you can usually move your existing sensors. This will require you to get a rebuild to replace some key components. These are inexpensive and also available at Tire Rack.
- In addition to the dash warning light, some vehicles will disable the ability to turn off traction control if the sensors malfunction or are absent. The ability to turn off traction control can be important in certain low traction situations. For example, being stuck in a snow bank.
- Driving on an underinflated tire can ruin a tire's sidewall and/or lead to tire failure.
Tire Rack carries a full line of Original Equipment and replacement sensors.You can locate sensors when you shop for wheels by vehicle.