car repair shop

West Coast Auto & Towing

9199 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422

805.466.8228

Contact Information

auto repair shop

West Coast Auto & Towing

9199 El Camino Real

Atascadero, CA 93422

Email Us

Feel free to call or email us to schedule your next appointment.


Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sunday
Closed

24/7 Automotive Towing.

SMOG Inspections 805-466-7664
24/7 Roadservice 805-466-1070
AAA Members Call 1-800-400-4222

Tire Pressure

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Most people ignore their tires, yet tires are undoubtedly a critical safety component on a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steering, stability and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs when operating at high speeds.

  • Nearly 250,000 accidents occur in the United States per year due to low tire pressure.
  • About 75 % of roadside flats are preceded by a slow leak or under inflation.
  • According to a recent survey, America could reduce its fuel consumption by 10 % and save a collective $2 billion a year by keeping tires properly inflated.
  • NHTSA estimates that tire pressure monitoring systems could prevent as many as 79 deaths and 10,365 injuries each year in the United States.

Why Newer Vehicles Are Equipped with TPMS

In 2000, Congress passed the Tread Act in direct response to nation-wide tire recalls. The Tread Act spelled out a number of provisions related to tire safety, the most significant of which is the requirement that all new vehicles less than 10,000 GVW come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). This system warns the driver when one or more tires are significantly under inflated.

What is the Effect of Under Inflation?

20% under inflation
Reduces tire life by 20% (Michelin). Reduces fuel economy by 10% (Goodyear).

25% under inflation
Reduces tire’s load carrying capacity by 20%.

40% under inflation
Reduces braking distance by 10%. (Michelin).
Under inflated tires is the leading cause of tire failure
Under inflation is involved in 20% of flat tire / blowout cases that result in a crash

An estimated 23,000 accidents and 535 fatal accidents annually involve blowouts or flat tires. Maintaining proper tire air pressure is not only a major safety concern, but can also affect the handling and performance of your vehicle.

Why Is It More Expensive and Time Consuming to Have Tires Serviced Rather Than Rotated?

Technicians use special diagnostic tools to test and recalibrate sensors any time a tire is moved from one location on the vehicle to another. A sensor must be tested to make sure it is functioning correctly and also must be reprogrammed whenever tires are moved from one position to another during rotation. OEMs recommend a sensor service kit be installed every time a tire is serviced. These kits include replacement parts to properly service the sensor. Sensors are powered by a battery that usually has a life of 6 to 8 years. The sensor has to be replaced when the battery fails because the batteries are not replaceable.

Why Sensors Fail

  • The battery goes dead
  • Electronics fail
  • Damaged
  • Tire stop leak (the use of tire stop leak products will clog the sensor making it unable to detect the pressure)

TPMS Can Save Lives

Most people ignore their tires, yet tires are undoubted¬ly a critical safety component on a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steer¬ing, stability and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs when operating at high speeds.

  • Nearly 250,000 accidents occur in the United States per year due to low tire pressure.
  • About 75 % of roadside flats are preceded by a slow leak or under inflation.
  • According to a recent survey, America could reduce its fuel consumption by 10 % and save a collective $2 billion a year by keeping tires properly inflated.
  • NHTSA estimates that tire pressure monitoring sys¬tems could prevent as many as 79 deaths and 10,365 injuries each year in the United States.

Contact Information

auto repair shop

West Coast Auto & Towing

9199 El Camino Real

Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone: 805.466.8228

Email Us

Feel free to call or email us to schedule your next appointment.


Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sunday
Closed

24/7 Automotive Towing.

SMOG Inspections 805-466-7664
24/7 Roadservice 805-466-1070
AAA Members Call 1-800-400-4222

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