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Extreme Cold and Tire Pressure

check tire pressure in extreme coldRemember to check your tire pressure. It’s easy, fast, and important! In the extreme cold temperatures in Minnesota that we’ve been experiencing, your tire pressure may drop. Some of you may notice your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) censors indicate low tire pressure.

It’s a good thing to manually check your tire pressure and keep it according to manufacturing specs in your manual. If you are unsure of your tire pressure, have questions about the integrity of your tires and/or question if they are holding pressure, stop by and let us take a look. Better safe than sorry! 

What is TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

TPMSIf you have a vehicle manufactured after 2007, then you may already be aware of TPMS. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) became mandatory on all light trucks (not hauling trucks or semi’s) and passenger vehicles. A law in 2000 called the TREAD Act made this mandate, and since then vehicles have been equipped with a system that essentially communicates with the driver when tire isn’t at the intended optimum pressure.

How TPMS Works

A sensor identifies under-inflated or over-inflated tires, loss of pressure, etc warning the driver to check tires and remedy the problem. Sensors often give advance warning that something isn’t right, and TPMS has been accredited to saving lives, as well as tires, wheels, vehicles, and other damage. Proper inflation of tires also saves on gas. Vehicle crashes are also avoided with proper inflation, as under-inflation is attributed to the cause of about a quarter million automobile crashes each year.

Sensors do need replacing eventually, so proper maintenance of the vehicle and vigilant watch of sensor light indicators help keep a vehicle in top condition. Because sensors and their mounting systems can be damaged with fixing, rotating, or replacing tires, extreme caution is advised. The tire technicians at the TireZoo specialize in tire care and have processes in place to assist you with your tires and avoid damage to TPMS systems. Our tire technicians are skilled in understanding and servicing TPMS sensors. We offer services that include retraining TPMS sensors after tire rotations, as well as replacing valve cores, caps, rubber grommets.

You may also want to read these two articles by the TireZoo, “Things That Can Wear on Your Tire’s Nerves” and “Over or Under Inflating Your Tires”

Here is more information on the TREAD Act.