Tire Pressure Light
Types of TPMS Service
Direct Monitoring Systems
Direct tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) warn Fairfax drivers when the air pressure in any of their tires drops at least 25% below the recommended cold tire inflation pressure. Direct systems have a TPMS sensor in each wheel, generate pretty accurate warnings and cause the tire pressure light in the dashboard to come on if any one tire falls below a predetermined level due to rapid air loss.
Manassas Indirect Monitoring Systems
Indirect tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) warn Toyota vehicle owners when a single tire has lost at least 25% of its tire pressure compared to other tires on the car. It's a little less accurate than the direct system for Virginia drivers, but its still useful. The reason its not as accurate is because it doesn't specify which car tire pressure is low, and doesn't warn the driver if all four tires are losing pressure at around the same rate (like during the fall and winter months when operating temperatures get colder). Additionally, indirect systems sometimes generate false warnings.
Why is Low Tire Pressure Bad?
Driving your Toyota vehicle on tires with low pressure can create unsafe conditions in a hurry, particularly in bad weather. If your Toyota automobile tire pressure is too low and you continue to drive around Virginia, you could severely damage your Toyota vehicles tires, and you may eventually blow a tire. Driving with low tire pressure also impacts your gas mileage, car handling, and will reduce the life of your car's tires.
Driving With Low Tire Pressure
Studies have shown that people operating their cars without the recommended tire pressure is common. It's been estimated that about one out of every four Toyota vehicles is driving without the proper tire pressure. That means that roughly one out of every four drivers is negatively impacting their vehicle's fuel economy and handling, and costing themselves money by reducing their tires' durability and tread life.
If you are unsure of which TMPS service your Toyota vehicle has, stop by Ourisman Fairfax Toyota in Fairfax, VA to have your car tire pressure checked.
Since tire pressure systems aren't always 100% accurate, make sure you check your Toyota tires to help ensure they have the proper tire pressure, or have the Ourisman Fairfax Toyota techs check against a tire pressure chart, at regular intervals.
Tire Pressure Monitoring
If the Toyota car, SUV, truck or van you're driving starts to have low tire pressure, you'll be warned, thanks to the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in your Toyota vehicle. The TPMS is often referred to as your tire pressure light. It comes on to warn the driver when a tire is significantly underinflated and not close to the recommended tire pressure. The main purpose of these systems is to warn drivers if their tires are losing pressure, leaving the tires underinflated and dangerous. If you have any questions contact the Ourisman Fairfax Toyota service team at 703-359-2955 or stop by to see us in Fairfax from nearby areas like Leesburg, Arlington and Oakton, VA.