Is using an aftermarket tpms gauge enough to ensure that your tires maintain their recommended tire pressure? Well, that depends on whether you use it or not. If you use it, the answer is yes. If you don’t use it, the answer is no.
I know from experience that not using your tire gauge is not only stupid, but dangerous. I used to travel a lot in my job as a territory manager and although I had my car serviced on a regular basis, a tire leak can be something that the best car service providers may not be able to detect.
There are two types of tpms.
- The first, and most popular, is the direct TPMS. Direct TPMS uses pressure sensors located in each wheel. Each sensor measures the real-time pressure in its respective tire, warning you when the air pressure in that tire drops at least 25% below the recommended cold tire inflation pressure.
- The second is an indirect TPMS. This system does not use physical sensors but instead measures the air pressure and bases its warnings upon monitoring the velocity of the tires.
A direct TPMS includes five service parts:
A valve core, valve nut, valve cap, seal, and seal washer. These parts are fragile and can be easily damaged over time or when you replace your tires. It is important to keep the sensor operating and extend its life by replacing and/or servicing damaged parts.
The result of that was that I had a blowout zipping down the Interstate at 75 miles per hour on a Friday afternoon. I had been on the road all that week and was headed home. Luckily, I got the car stopped and other than needing a new tire, was none the worse for the experience with the exception of being scared out of my wits.
Pretty serious stuff
Now, imagine what would happen if you are driving a vehicle, pulling a camper or boat and you have a blowout. Pretty serious stuff. There are many different types of tire pressure sensors available on the market today for you to choose from that let you manually check each tire, but what would have happened differently if you had some type of device that let you know while you were traveling on the road that the right rear wheel on your camper was losing pressure and was dangerously low on air? You would have pulled over and added air to your tire, wouldn’t you. Well, there is such a device.
It’s the aftermarket tpms Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
It has a compact, programmable wireless monitor you can mount to your dash that co-ordinates with sensors attached to the valves on your tires to let you monitor your tire pressure. Did you know that by the time you can visually tell that your tire is low, that it has already lost 40% of its pressure?
Maintaining the recommended tire pressure in your tires will keep your tire tread even, reduce wear and tear and you’ll get better gas mileage. As an added plus, you, your family and your property will be safe on the road. Vacation time is on the way and many of us will be traveling on the road instead of doing a lot of flying or taking cruises this year for obvious reasons. Please, no matter which method you use, check your tire pressure so invest in aftermarket tpms.