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Under Pressure? TPMS Dashboard Light Lets You Know

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Under Pressure? TPMS Dashboard Light Lets You Know

Newer model vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to warn drivers that at least one of their tires is underinflated. The dashboard light looks like an exclamation point inside of a horseshoe and, if illuminated, should be addressed immediately, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

"When the TPMS light goes on, it should not be ignored. Driving on underinflated tires can lead to an accident or cause damage to your vehicle," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "As part of a proactive auto care plan, tire pressure should be checked monthly, including the spare, as tires can lose pressure due to a number of factors, including seasonal temperature changes."

All vehicles manufactured after September 2007 feature a tire pressure monitoring system. When the TPMS warning light comes on, it means pressure in at least one of the tires has fallen 25 percent under the recommended pressure. Low tire pressure can be due to a number of factors, including climate, road hazards and driving conditions. Once the tires are inflated to the correct pressure as outlined in the owner's manual, the warning light should go off. However, some vehicles may require a professional service technician to reset the light.

According to the council's free 80-page Car Care Guide, tires that are not properly inflated also add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle. This can lead to lower gas mileage and potential damage to the vehicle.

"In addition to safety concerns, underinflated tires can cost you more at the pump," said White. "Simply inflating tires to the proper level can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent or 10 cents per gallon."

Source: Car Care Council

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  • , 12/21/2020

    Thank you Jose for your patience and work you did on my trans. It is working better than ever before. GREAT JOB!

  • , 12/02/2020

    I live in the upper midwest and my daughter is a traveling nurse in Clearwater. She called today because she had a leaking tire and the dealer told her that her wheel was cracked and would only sell her a new wheel. The wheel was on back order and it would be at least a week to obtain one. She has an hour commute each way to work. The space saver spare was not going to be an option! A local salvage yard near me located a wheel at Budget Auto via a salvage yard search by zip code and gave me Budget Auto's number. I contacted Nino at Budget Auto and he was extremely helpful and arranged for shipping to my daughter's door. Crisis solved. Thank you Budget Auto!!

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    I DO NOT have enough good words to say about James and his staff at Budget. He has been going way out of his way to take care of me and my situation. LONG STORY - I went for an oil change at Walmart on my 2014 Subaru Forester and they drained out my transmission fluid and filled up my oil, without draining it. We went back to Walmart after leaving and having issues, and the manager told us there was "nothing wrong" with the OVER FILLED oil dip stick. We then decided to go to Budget. My husband did NOT make it there and they left right away to tow us to their shop. Upon their inspection they found the oil WAY over filled and hardly any transmission fluid. They had to flush all the fluids and refill everything. Needless to say we had to pay that bill and now am dealing with a claim with Walmart. I have talked to James and he is trying to contact the "CLAIM" dept. that I am TRYING to deal with. For SOME reason they don't seem to answer when I call. Being new to the area sure put us at ease about finding this good service garage. Wish we went there first !!! ***** FIVE STARS*****

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    Jim and jose and brad in the banana are so delightful. They all make doing business w/them fun and delightful regardless of whether or not i have candy with me for them

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    Very honest business! Took great care of my 2013 mustang (needed tranny) very fast service! Highly recommend anyone to this place! They have almost everything and if they don't, they can get it!

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    Highly recommend these guys, they are wonderful. Professional, knowledgable and always very helpful!

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