Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS)

Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS)

In compliance with EU safety regulations, all new vehicles built are fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This safety feature is fitted to the wheels of many modern cars and vans ensuring your tyres are properly inflated at all times. This reduces the risk of suffering a dangerous high speed blowout, as well as returning better performance and efficiency from your car

Keeping your tyres properly inflated is essential for your safety on the road:  a TPMS uses a sensor to detect sudden or gradual changes in tyre pressure, alerting the driver of potentially performance-affecting pressure changes.

 

What does a tyre pressure monitoring system do? 

The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an automatic monitoring system designed to monitor the pressure of tyres for light vehicles.

The system monitors tyre pressure and temperature at all times and alerts the driver if there are any problems in one or more tyres, allowing issues to be dealt with straight away to increase safety and other problems that can emerge due to under-inflation.

There are two different types of TPMS - indirect and direct, which differ in a few ways; Some car marques have offered TPMS for many years but they typically use the 'indirect' TPMS system. This uses the car’s ABS system to approximate tyre pressures. Conversely, a direct TMPS gathers data straight from the tyre valve, giving a far more accurate reading. Direct TPMS is far more common among cars made after 2014.

If your TPMS light is showing on the dashboard your car will automatically fail its MOT. This may be as simple to fix as ensuring that all the tyres are at their correct pressure, but it may also be as a result of a faulty sensor. Should you need a new sensor, GT Tyres can supply and fit replacement parts with sensors in stock.

We are fully TPMS capable and can offer the services of TPMS re-sets, Re-learning of sensors and also servicing your TPMS valves where appropriate.

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