It Doesn’t Look Flat | New Orleans Auto Care

The New Orleans auto care experts at Twin Tire will help you when your TPMS light comes on.

The Satchmo Summerfest kicks off today and you were making plans to go while driving home yesterday when you noticed that funny looking dashboard light was on. You know the one - it looks like a misshapen "U" with an exclamation point in the middle.

That's your TPMS light, for tire pressure monitoring system, and it's supposed to tell you when your tires don't have enough air in them. You understand that, but when you got home, you looked at your tires and they all looked okay the way they always do. That could be - a tire can "look" as if it's properly inflated while being under or over inflated. If the tire is not obviously flat, or about to go flat, the only way to tell is to use a gauge.

Using a gauge is the correct first response to a lighted TPMS warning icon, according to tire manufacturer Bridgestone.

"Do you know what to do when the low tire pressure TPMS symbol illuminates? The first thing to do is manually check your tire pressures with a gauge and add air until the pressures reach the vehicle manufacturer specification," Bridgestone says. "Keep in mind, your TPMS does not replace routine tire pressure maintenance. It’s a tool that can help alert you when pressure is low, but a tire may drop below proper inflation long before the TPMS warning light comes on."

When it does come on, or even before the TPMS light comes on, the place to go for New Orleans auto care and tire care is, of course, Twin Tire Auto Care. Twin Tire has been the trusted New Orleans auto care and auto repair service center of choice since 1973. Twin Tire has three convenient New Orleans auto repair and auto care locations to serve you: Harvey, Marrero and Hammond. Twin Tire also has a New Orleans auto care and auto repair service center in Harahan for heavy commercial vehicles.

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