What do you do if your tyre pressure warning light comes on?
Modern cars use an electronic TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) to detect if the tyre pressure of one or more of your car’s tyres goes below recommended levels. If the system detects a pressure abnormality it will trigger a warning light on your car dashboard or instrument panel. There may also be a beeping or warning sound.
From all of the car warning symbols, the tyre warning light is perhaps not the most serious, but it’s something that you should see to as soon as possible.
If your tyre pressure warning light comes on and stays on, here’s what to do:
1. Find the recommended tyre pressures of your car (you’ll find them in the manual or often inside the driver’s door)
2. Check your tyre pressures of all four wheels when your tyres are cold
3. Add air as necessary to the correct levels – at most larger service stations you should be able to find an air hose with a pressure gauge.
4. Press and hold down the tyre pressure warning light button until it goes out (and beeps on some models)
In most cases, that will resolve the issue.