If you drive a new or late-model Nissan, then chances are your vehicle boasts a TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This electronic system monitors the air pressure in your car's tires and alerts you when the pressure falls outside the recommended range. The TPMS on Nissan vehicles is designed to promote your on-road safety as well as help you maximize your car's fuel efficiency and handling performance.
If you're unsure if your Nissan is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, look for a "low tire pressure" warning light that illuminates in the instrument cluster when you have the key or push-button start system in the "on" position (engine not started).
There are two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, direct and indirect. Direct TPMS utilizes sensors at all four wheels to monitor individual tire pressure, while Indirect TPMS works through the Anti-lock Braking System's (ABS) wheel speed sensors to detect low pressure based on different wheel speeds.
If you're cruising around on one or more underinflated tires, it will have a negative effect on your car's ride, handling, efficiency and overall safety. Low tire pressure results in decreased fuel efficiency and changes in the car's handling characteristics; it can also put you at greater risk of other on-road issues like a tire puncture or flat.
When checking the pressure and inflating your tires following a low pressure warning form the TPMS, be sure to inflate to an appropriate level that's within the tire manufacturer's recommendation, listed on the tire's sidewall.
When your Nissan's TPMS comes on, it's important to check the tire pressure as soon as you can reasonably do so. You won't want to be driving around on one or more tires that are underinflated for too long, especially if one is dangerously low on air pressure. Keep in mind that the TPMS may occasionally come on following a drastic drop in air temperature, such as when you start your car on a chilly morning. It's smart to carry a tire pressure gauge in your car or have one handy around your garage so that you can quickly check the air pressure at each wheel when needed.
If you routinely refill one or more tires only to find that the TPMS comes on again days or weeks later, then it may be time for a proper tire inspection at your local Nissan service center. Or, if the low tire pressure warning comes on but there's nothing wrong when you check the tire pressure, you may have a worn or faulty TPMS sensor. Professional service technicians can replace the sensor or inspect your car's tires to determine if the TPMS is a factor in any tire-related issues.
Drivers around Vero Beach, Florida, and south of town can rely on nearby Sutherlin Nissan of Fort Pierce for tire service, including inspections and maintenance of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Our dealership in Fort Pierce, FL, is home to a team of trained and certified technicians that services all makes of vehicles. Don't wait to bring your car, SUV or pickup here for assistance with its TPMS or any other auto maintenance or repair needs.