Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are available in most modern Lexus models. This safety feature monitors the health of your tires, and like all technical systems in your vehicle, it may require regular service after a while. Luckily, you can get just that at our certified Lexus service center in Jacksonville, FL.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Explained
Your car’s tire pressure monitoring system monitors the pressure in each of your tires and relays that information in real-time, usually via a gauge or another digital display. Two types of systems are available: direct TPMS and indirect TPMS.
A direct TPMS warns you when one or more of your tires reaches a dangerously low pressure level. Tire pressure is monitored via sensors that are attached to your vehicle’s wheels.
An indirect TPMS, by contrast, collects tire pressure information using the anti-lock brake system. This enables the system to detect irregularities by measuring each tire’s wheel speed and diameter. Change of speed or loss of diameter in one wheel indicates less pressure in relation to the other tires.
Checking Your Tires
Your car’s TPMS isn’t a substitute for checking your tires on a monthly basis using a conventional tire gauge. It’s important that you know your tires’ recommended psi; you can find this information in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s side of the door jam.
It’s a good idea to put air in your tires if pressure falls below five psi of the recommended level. You should also use this monthly DIY inspection to assess the treads for wear. This can be performed easily using the tried-and-true penny test.
Visit Lexus of Orange Park or make an appointment at our service center. We perform tire-related services on all Lexus models, from the Lexus ES to the Lexus RX. We look forward to working with you soon!