Albuquerque motorists may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Albuquerque come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Bernalillo have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.
If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the auto manufacturer’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When Bernalillo car owners see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires.
There are many benefits to Albuquerque auto owners who drive with properly inflated tires around Albuquerque. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves MPG. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your MPG. Albuquerque drivers will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires’ll last longer.
Another important benefit of properly inflated tires is increased safety for Albuquerque auto owners. Under-inflated tires become hotter and that heat can actually lead to tire failure – possibly resulting in an accident. Your car and the tires themselves will just perform better and more safely around Albuquerque with properly inflated tires.
Local Albuquerque consumer groups, law-makers and manufacturers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can’t put a value on saving a life, Albuquerque motorists should keep in mind that TPMS systems aren’t free.
The systems themselves are added into the price of the car. The batteries in the sensors will have to be replaced from time to time. Parts will break and need to be replaced. In colder climates around New Mexico, ice and salt are frequent causes of failure.
In addition, there are other behind-the-scenes costs we want Albuquerque drivers to be aware of. Every time a tire is replaced, repaired, rotated or balanced, the tire technician has to deal with the TPMS system.
Albuquerque service centers such as Jim’s Automotive must purchase pricey equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Bernalillo service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.
Since there is no uniformity among automobile manufacturers, service professionals need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to Albuquerque service center managers like Jim Maddox at Jim’s Automotive.
That’s why the team at Jim’s Automotive is anxious for Bernalillo drivers to understand the essential financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services to auto owners, and then pass the low cost on to Bernalillo customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require pricey equipment.
Sensors will need to be removed and reinstalled. Even a tire rotation will require that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a car battery is disconnected, the TPMS system will need to be reprogrammed.
So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up in New Mexico, please keep in mind that it’s because of this important new safety equipment. The team at Jim’s Automotive just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we’re committed to doing it at a fair price.
It’s essential to remember that the TPMS warning only comes on when a tire is severely under-inflated. You’ll still want to check your tire pressure regularly. At every fill-up is best, but you should check pressure at least once a month. Here’s wishing you safe travels.
Contact Jim’s Automotive for more important information about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.