What Does TPMS Mean?

Mercedes-Benz Tire Pressure Monitoring System TPMS in action

When researching car service or routine service, you may have stumbled across “TPMS.” What does TPMS mean? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This system uses sensors to monitor the air pressure inside your car’s tires. If the pressure inside one or more of the tires isn’t at the recommended levels, the system will notify you via an illuminated or flashing icon. Although it’s often overlooked, the TPMS is crucial to keeping your Mercedes-Benz C-Class or GLC in peak condition. Read on to learn more about your car’s TPMS and how it functions!

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Features of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Again, the purpose of the TPMS is to keep tabs on the tire pressure inside your car’s tires. If the system notifies you that the tire pressure isn’t ideal for one or more of your tires, it’s important to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem could lead to any of the following bigger issues:

  • Faster tire wear
  • Weaker traction
  • Reduced load carrying capability
  • Fiat tire or eventual blowout

Ensuring that your car’s tires are properly inflated not only protects you from a possible tire blowout or even an accident, but it also helps you get the most out of your tire investment. Not to mention, you can travel around San Diego in confidence without having to perform manual checks frequently.

How Do I Know if My Tires Are Properly Inflated?

Tires that are over- or under-inflated can lead to issues; it’s important for tire pressure to be properly balanced. When your tires are correctly inflated, you’ll enjoy the following safety and efficiency benefits:

  • Decreased tread movement for a much longer tire life
  • Reduced rolling resistance for better efficiency
  • Increased water dispersion, which helps prevent hydroplaning on slick roads

Read your owner’s manual to find out what the appropriate tire pressure is for your vehicle’s tires. While it’s helpful to rely on the TPMS system, it’s also important to know how to check your tires manually in case the system malfunctions.

Rely on Mercedes-Benz of Escondido for Expert Tire Maintenance

Do you have more questions about your car’s tire pressure monitoring system? Or, are you experiencing tire-related problems or need a tire replacement? Contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Escondido to learn more about our services. You can also schedule a service appointment near Escondido and San Marcos online!

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