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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems


If you’ve bought a new car in the past 5-7 years, chances are you have a tire pressure monitoring system in your vehicle. Tire pressure systems help to warn you of possible hazards by telling you when your tires are low on air.  There are two types of tire pressure monitoring systems; direct and indirect.


Direct tire pressure monitoring systems have sensors inside each tire that transfer information to a central information system. The info system tracks pressure and temperature, and a low-pressure light goes off if your tires are low on air. Although the sensors are run by battery, they have a lifespan of over a decade so you won’t have to worry about changing them often.


Indirect tire pressure monitoring systems measure how quickly your tires rotate. Similar to the direct system, the indirect pressure monitoring system has a warning light if your tire pressure is too low. However, you must reset the indirect system after your tires have been inflated or it will think the new tires need more air.


Although most people don’t think about their tire pressure monitoring system much, it will help you to avoid accidents and problems with your tires and keep you safe behind the wheel.


Patrick Britton – Guest Blogger


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