Tire Pressure: TPMS Dashboard Light, What does it mean?

Most newer model Chevrolet vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to warn drivers that at least one of their tires is underinflated. The dashboard light looks like an exclamation point inside of a horseshoe and, if illuminated, should be addressed immediately. When the TPMS light goes on, you should not ignore it. Driving on underinflated tires can lead to an accident or cause damage to your vehicle. Tire pressure should be checked monthly, including the spare, if you have one. Tires can lose pressure due to a number of factors, including seasonal temperature changes.

When the TPMS warning light comes on, it means pressure in at least one of the tires has fallen 25 percent under the recommended pressure. Low tire pressure can be due to a number of factors, including climate, road hazards and driving conditions. Once the tires are inflated to the correct pressure as outlined in the owner’s manual, the warning light should go off. Tires that are not properly inflated also add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle. This can lead to lower gas mileage and potential damage to the vehicle. In addition to safety concerns, under-inflated tires can cost you more at the pump. Simply inflating tires to the proper level can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent or 10 cents per gallon.

Cecil Clark Chevrolet Certified Service Department also offers an option to our customers call Nitrogen Tire Inflation. Nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber like oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over the long term. Tires filled with nitrogen rather than air also exhibit less pressure change with temperature swings. To find out more about our Nitrogen Tire Inflation service stop by or give our Service Team a call (352) 787-6888.

Tire Pressure: TPMS Dashboard Light, What does it mean?
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