The cold weather is here, which means your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light may have turned on. This light indicates that you may have a problem with your tires. Learn how to reset your TPMS light by reading on.
Changes in temperature can change your tire pressure. When temperatures drop during the colder months of the year, your tire pressure can drop too. When your tire pressure drops, you become more at risk for getting a flat. If your TPMS light turns on, you want to check the pressure of each of your tires individually. One or more of your tires may have low pressure. Fixing this problem is easy. All you need to do is add air to your tire. You can do so at a gas station or you can request a mechanic fill your tires with air.
Your TPMS light may be on for another reason though. This light also turns on when a small puncture or leak is detected. When checking your tires, look for any holes that may be causing a leak. If you do have a puncture, take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible to either repair the puncture or replace the tire.
Low tire pressure causes a variety of problems. Not only can you experience a flat, but low tire pressure also reduces fuel economy, leads to unpredictable handling, and decreases the lifespan of your tires. When the TPMS light comes on, you should have your tires inspected asap to avoid dangerous driving conditions.
If your TPMS light turned on because of low pressure and you filled your tires with air to the proper level, you have to reset the light. One way to do so is driving your car at 50 mph for 10 minutes. Another way to reset this light is pressing the TPMS reset button and holding it until the light blinks three times.
For help in maintaining the quality of your tires, get in touch with Car Care Connection. To schedule an appointment, call 941-924-6199. You can also visit our location at 6503 Gateway Avenue in Gulf Gate no appointment necessary.