Tire Pressure Warning Light Reset and Service In Loganville, Georgia
If you drive a late-model Chevrolet vehicle, it is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that helps you maintain accurate tire pressure on all four corners. If the air pressure drops below a certain psi in one or more of your vehicle's tires, the tire pressure monitoring system indicator light will appear on your dashboard. This warning light looks like U-shaped flat tire with an exclamation point inside.
If this warning light appears on your car or truck's dashboard, add air to your vehicle's tires at any gas station or stop into our local service department. We'll ensure all four tires are inflated to the proper air pressure for your application and check to ensure the indicator light is reset. Adding air to the low tire(s) should reset the sensor and turn off the warning light. If the light does not turn off, the professional auto mechanics at our dealership near Monroe, Georgia, are ready to assist you.
Maintaining proper tire pressure is an essential part of your automotive safety on the roads of Loganville, Georgia. After all, tires connect your new Chevrolet Silverado to the road. Under-inflated tires may lead to reduced fuel economy, poor acceleration, limited stopping power, and loss of handling. Their care should not be overlooked. Under-inflated tires are also more likely to result in a blowout than maintained tires. While the tire pressure monitoring system is there as a backup, we suggest you perform regular pressure checks yourself. It's easy to keep a tire pressure gauge in your car's glove compartment and check the tires while you're filling up.
There are two common types of tire pressure monitoring systems on today's new Chevy models: direct tire pressure monitoring systems and indirect tire pressure monitoring systems.
DIRECT TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS
Direct tire pressure monitoring systems place a sensor inside the tire to directly monitor the level of air in the tire. Inside the valve stem is a common location for this sensor on most cars.
Tire pressure monitoring systems will activate when there is a sudden loss of air pressure, often due to a puncture, and if there is a gradual loss of air pressure over time. While some tires are inflated with nitrogen, the majority of tires are still filled with oxygen. Oxygen is a gas that changes composition with temperature and tires are porous. These two factors cause air pressure to decrease over time.
When air pressure drops below the baseline, the sensors trigger the dashboard indicator to turn on.
INDIRECT TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS
Some automakers use indirect tire pressure monitoring systems that operate in conjunction with the wheel speed sensors in the ABS. Indirect tire monitoring uses these sensors to determine both the size of the tire and the number of revolutions per mile. A circle with a small diameter rotates faster than a circle with a large diameter to cover the same distance. Since under-inflated tires have a smaller diameter than properly inflated tires, this circumference change causes a change in the number of wheel revolutions and triggers the tire pressure monitoring system.
Direct tire pressure monitoring systems have the benefit of informing the driver which tire(s) is running low. Indirect tire pressure monitoring systems are more prone to giving false reads. To help you maintain the accurate tire pressure in your vehicle, the sales associates and professional auto mechanics here at Maxie Price Chevrolet are here to answer your questions and help you maintain your vehicle to factory standards.