What is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System?
Continuing with the running theme of market-wide features, this week’s How’s This Work is going to focus on the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Before diving into what TPMS is and how it works, we thought we’d start with a bit of a disclaimer. Even if your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which it probably does since just about every vehicle available comes with a TPMS system installed these days, you still need to check your tire pressure manually periodically. With that said, let’s dive into an explanation of what TPMS is and how it works.
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How does TPMS work?
Like we said, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System if pretty widespread these days. It’d probably be more difficult to find a vehicle without TPMS installed than with it. But every system is different depending on your manufacturer. In general, TPMS is an electronic system that was designed to tell you if there is a drastic change in your tires’ air pressure. Some systems will tell you which side the tires on, some maybe even the exact tire, but others will just tell you something is wrong.
The Honda Tire Pressure Management System with Tire Fill Assist, however, takes things to a whole new level. Using the multi-informational display screen in your instrument panel, Honda’s TPMS system tells you the exact pressure of each tire. As they go up or down, you’ll be able to tell, and it will notify you when things get too high or too low. But if that wasn’t cool enough, there is even more. As you fill your tires, the car will actually assist you.
As soon as you start filling the tire with air, your lights will start blinking and the car will beep every 5 seconds. When you hit the right mark, the lights and noise will start to go more rapidly. If you go over, they’ll go off every 3 seconds instead of 5. Now you never have to worry about being too high or low again. To find out which Honda vehicles are available with this advance type of TPMS, be sure to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.