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What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

It's normal for you to feel concerned when one or more of your dashboard warning light comes on. One symbol that you might catch on your dash is the TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system, light. It is often described as a horseshoe-like symbol with an exclamation mark inside it. When this light comes on, it means that one or more of your tires are too low in pressure.


What to Do First: Manually Check Your Tire Pressure

Manufacturers will list the recommended psi for your tires on a stick in the doorjamb of the driver's door. Otherwise, you can refer to your vehicle's owner's manual. Use a gauge to measure your tires' psi to determine which ones are impacted. If the numbers don't match up, adjust the air.


Next, you can take your vehicle to a tire-filling station at gas stations to refill your tires with air. Most importantly, don't lose the valve caps when doing so. Once the tires are all at normal pressure, the TPMS light should reset once you turn your vehicle on. Be advised to give it several minutes of driving.


But What If the TPMS Light Is Blinking?

A blinking TPMS light may not have anything to do with the tires themselves. Sometimes, a flashing TPMS light means there's a problem with the sensory system. Please bring your car to a trusted auto repair shop for inspection and diagnostics.


If you're not sure what to do when it comes to your TPMS light, feel free to swing by West Coast Tire & Service in Los Angeles, CA. Our team can take care of all your tire services and maintenance needs.