Understanding Your Tyres And Tyre Pressure
Many people do not realize it, but your tyres are one of the most important components of
their vehicle. You have a 2-ton weight setting on top of four rubber tyres and if they are
damaged or not properly filled, you are putting yourself at a huge risk every time you get
behind the wheel. Damaged or half-flat tyres can greatly impact the way your vehicle
handles. Are you one of those people that keep pumping air into an old tyre? This is not a
good idea because one day you could go to work with a full tyre, when you get off work
your tyre could be almost flat and you might miss it, because you are in a hurry to get
home. This is where a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) comes in handy.
What Is TPMS
A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is pretty much what its name suggests. It is an
electronic system that monitors the air pressure in your tyres. This system will report real-
time pressure data to the vehicle’s driver either by a gauge, a picture display, or by a low-
pressure light. This type of system comes installed on some newer model vehicles.
However, this device can be installed as an aftermarket add-on, as well.
Two Different Types
It is important to note that there are two different types of TPMS systems. There is a direct
version of the system and an indirect version of the system. The direct version gathers
accurate information from the valve of the tire. It does this by using four dedicated sensors.
The indirect system on the other hand uses the anti-brake system to make an educated
guess at tire pressure. It is also important for you to know that you have to drive for quite a
distance, before this system will generate an alert to let you know the pressure is low.
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