Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
What is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?
TPMS is a default feature on all vehicles manufactured after 2007. Your TPMS monitors your tire pressure and alerts you when the pressure drops below your vehicle’s recommended level by 25% or more. If the TPMS light on your dashboard comes on, you should check your tires’ air pressure immediately.
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While the TPMS sensors are certainly helpful if you have a hidden leak in your tire, they can trigger false alarms when the air temperature changes or if they are improperly installed. Each time you get new tires, Virginia Tire & Auto’s expert technicians reinstall your TPMS sensors with new valves and seals to make sure that the only false alarms you experience are when the unpredictable Virginia climate springs into action.
How Do I Know When to Have My TPMS checked?
If your TPMS light is solid, you need to check your tire pressure as soon as possible. If the TPMS light is flashing, that means you have a communication issue between the vehicle and one or more of the sensors.
Either way, bring your vehicle to Virginia Tire & Auto for professional service. Our team will gladly check your tire pressure for free, and we’ll use a specialized TPMS scan tool to check the sensors.
TPMS Service at Virginia Tire & Auto
When you bring your car to Virginia Tire & Auto for TPMS service, our automotive experts go through the following steps:
- Testing your TPMS sensors to know which ones need replaced
- Checking your tires’ air pressure
- Removing and replacing any pressure sensors, if needed
- Resetting the sensors
- Replacing the TPMS Service Kit (includes the valve core, cap, nut and O-ring) before remounting the tires
The cost of this service depends on whether your vehicle needs a TPMS Service Kit, a TPMS reset and/or a sensor replacement. You will need to reset the TPMS and install a new Service Kit every time you replace your tires.
A TPMS reset comes with all new tires as part of our tires& package, and TPMS Service Kits are $9.95/tire. Sensor replacements can be pretty expensive, but you should only need to replace the sensors every 5–7 years or 70,000 miles.
Each tire and wheel combination requires a specific valve stem that allows air to enter or leave the tire. The valve stem is a critical piece of your tire that can mean the difference between a properly inflated tire and one that loses air, putting your vehicle at risk of accidents or costly repairs.
You can check your tires’ valve stems for cracks when you check your tire pressure. Need a new valve stem? Don’t stress–it’s just $3/tire to install new valve stems. The Tire Industry Association (TIA) recommends that valves be replaced whenever new tires are installed as well.
Whether you’re getting new tires, having your tires serviced or needing TPMS or valve stem repair, trust the automotive experts at your local Virginia Tire & Auto to get the job done right the first time.