What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

Have you ever seen the TPMS light go on and wondered what it meant? You're in luck because today we'll tell you what it is and what it means for your car.

What is TPMS?

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, so if you see TPMS light up on your dashboard, it means it's time to check your tire pressure. It lights up if there is a problem with your tires, so it is something that should not be ignored.

What happens if it turns on?

The TPMS light turning on usually shows a warning that you should investigate. Perhaps you haven't checked your tire pressure in a while and it finally got low. That's fine because you can just put air in it and call it a day. Here are the benefits of maintaining the tire pressure before it becomes a problem:

  • You'll save money on new tires by finding the problem early
  • Better handling of your car
  • Regular tire rotation

But here are a few problems that can show issues with your tires when the light turns on:

Tires can be at risk of blowing out

This can be especially dangerous when you're driving. That's why it's important not to ignore the light.


Over-inflated tires can cause tire pressure issues because they can cause tires to "pop" or blow out, literally. So it's important to make sure there's the right amount of pressure in the tires.

You may pay more for gas

With gas prices, the way they are today, ignoring the TPMS light will cause lower fuel efficiency. So if you've been noticing that, you'll want to ensure your TPMS system is working and your tires are working properly.

Your vehicle won't be able to tow as much

If you have a vehicle that has towing capabilities and you've noticed that it's not towing efficiency, look at your tire pressure. The TPMS light will go on if there's an issue with the tire pressure while trying to tow something.

If you need TPMS repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Auto Excel today!

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