Omaha Tire Pressure Monitoring
Omaha Tire Pressure FAQs
My tire pressure warning light came on recently. What does that mean?
Westgate High-Tech Auto Care Answer:
It means that one or more of your tires has low air pressure. The dashboard warning light, which looks
like a cross-section of a tire with some lines in it, comes on when the tire pressure is 20% below
what the car maker recommends. So if your recommendation is for 35 psi (pounds per square inch), the
light will come on when your pressure falls to 28 psi.
Itís vital to note that 20% below recommended pressure is significantly under-inflated. This means
that you will be experiencing degraded handling and that your tire will be running hotter than it
should. This can not only be a safety hazard, but your tires will wear prematurely and could even
suffer a heat related failure.
Omaha auto owners should not use their Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) warning light as their
trigger for checking their tire pressure. They should still check their tire pressure at least once a
Some Omaha car owners mistake the tire pressure printed on the side of the tire as the recommended
pressure for the vehicle. This is not the case. The information on the tire is the range the tire can
handle. The correct pressure for your vehicle is on a plate or sticker on the driverís side door or
door jamb. This is the pressure your tires should have to match the engineered handling capacity of
your vehicle. Please note that the pressure may be different for your front and rear tires.
You TPMS does not have a regularly scheduled maintenance interval. However, be aware that the
batteries in the sensors mounted in each wheel will eventually die, illuminating the warning light and
necessitating replacing the sensor. Sensors can also be damaged by road salt and other contaminants.
Some TPMS systems indicate tire pressures for individual wheels which will tell Omaha auto owners
which tire is low Ė as long as the system has been reset after rotating the tires. Other systems will
simply give a warning and it is up to you to check all your tires (including the spare). For more
information, speak with your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care tech.
The government mandated TPMS systems to reduce tire-related accidents, property damage, injuries and
deaths. The automotive professionals at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha recommend that you have
your tire pressure checked at least once a month to maintain your safety and increase tire life.
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Westgate High-Tech Auto Care
12300 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68144