It’s a festive time of year. The air is crisp, and all around there are little lights blinking on.
It’s not a holiday . . . it’s TPMS season!
Your car’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) notifies you if the air pressure in your tires decreases. When the temperature dips, as it does during this time of year, the air in your tires gets cold and contracts. So, when you get in your car on a crisp fall morning – or any time there’s been a drop in temperature – you may be greeted with this little yellow / amber icon on your dashboard.
That’s just your car telling you that your air pressure has decreased below a certain level. It’s not
typically an emergency (some cars will show a red icon or a different message when a tire is completely
flat – a much more serious issue) but it deserves your attention for a few reasons:
- Underinflated tires make less contact with the ground, reducing their grip for performance and safety. The same is true of overinflated tires.
- Underinflated tires generate extra heat, especially at speed, which can increase risk of tire failure.
- Underinflated (or overinflated) tires wear unevenly, so they won’t last as long before needing to be replaced.
Nomad offers a courtesy tire check program – for no charge, we will come check and adjust your car’s tires for proper inflation and tread wear. While we’re there, we’ll complete this full checklist:
- Check and Adjust Tire Pressure
- Check and Fill Wiper Fluid
- Check Tire Treadwear
- Check Brake Wear
- Inspect Wiper Blades
- Check Engine for Leaks
- Check Engine Fluid Levels
- Check Air Filter
- Decode Error Codes (if any)
After the service, you’ll get an email report about your car. We want you to be confident that your car is in good working order with no mechanical or safety issues. If it needs any work done, you can refer to this report to book an oil change at home with Nomad . . . or take your car to your trusted local shop. The important thing is knowing that your car is well-maintained and ready for the season ahead.