What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Sensors

There are a lot of features that come on new vehicles sold at Galaxy Toyota in Eatontown, but one of the most helpful and innovative features is the TPMS system. What does TPMS mean? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System and informs Long Branch drivers what the air pressure levels in each of their vehicle’s tires are, allowing them to adequately care for their Toyota sedan, truck, or SUV. Learn more about the TPMS system with Galaxy Toyota below, or learn how to reset your service light if it’s illuminated after your maintenance visit. 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The tire pressure monitoring system on your vehicle is used to monitor the air pressure inside your tires and alert you if the pressure levels drop too low. The TPMS dashboard warning light can appear as a flat tire with an exclamation point in the middle of it, or it might just be the illuminated letters “TPMS.” If your TPMS light comes on, it means your tires are under inflated, which can cause the following:

  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout
  • Poor fuel economy

In the short term, proper tire inflation will protect you from a potential accident, in the long term it will prevent your tires from wearing out prematurely and help with your fuel economy ratings. The TPMS is an easy way to keep track of your tire pressure without having to do a manual check with a tire pressure gauge. 

Proper Tire Inflation

Having your tires at the appropriate tire pressure will ensure your vehicle performs as intended on Toms River roads. A properly inflated tire will: 

  • Reduce tread movement thereby increasing the life of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance which will increase vehicle efficiency
  • Increase water dispersion which decreases the likelihood of hydroplaning 

The tire pressure for your Toyota will depend on the tires you have installed and the type of vehicle you drive. Consult your owners manual for your vehicle’s ideal tire pressure. When it’s time to refill your tires, you have several options available to you:

  • Many gas stations have tire filling areas separate from the pump station.
  • You can take your vehicle to your favorite service center for full tire service.
  • If you need a little more air in your tires quickly, you can even use a bike pump!

Get Vehicle Service at Galaxy Toyota

Now that you know more about the TPMS system on your vehicle, you can learn more from Galaxy Toyota with our DIY service tips. If your vehicle is in need of a tire rotation or if it’s time for your regular vehicle maintenance, schedule service with our team! We look forward to keeping your vehicle running smoothly mile after mile in Freehold! 

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