How the Nissan Tire Pressure Monitoring System Works


If you drive a newer Nissan, chances are good it has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The TPMS automatically monitors the air pressure levels in the car's tires, and it sends an alert if the pressure levels fall below or rise above the recommended range for your car. The TPMS system is a valuable safety aid, and it can also be used as a tool to improve the vehicle's performance and handling capabilities.

How to Locate Your TPMS

You will first need to locate your Nissan's Tire Pressure Monitoring System before learning how to use it. If your car has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, you will see a "low tire pressure" light that comes on in the car's instrument display cluster. The button will illuminate if you start the car's engine with a key or use the push-button ignition system.

Two Kinds of TPMS

Nissan equips its vehicles with two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: "direct" and "indirect." A direct system uses sensors on every wheel to monitor each wheel's individual tire pressure level. The indirect TPMS operates in conjunction with the Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) system that comes with your car. The indirect TPMS can detect if pressure levels in the tires are too low based on variations in the wheels' speed.

Importance of Proper Tire Pressure

It is essential to have the right volume of pressure in your Nissan's tires for safety and performance reasons. Suppose you are driving around with one or more tires that are underinflated. In that case, the tires may ultimately wear unevenly, decreasing the car's fuel efficiency and negatively impacting its handling capabilities. You also risk encountering issues with the tire themselves, such as a flat or punctured tire. Improperly inflated tires can also be a safety hazard, as they can reduce the car's grip on slick road surfaces and when cornering or braking.

What If The TPMS Light Comes On?

If the warning light for the car's TPMS system illuminates, you will want to check the pressure levels in the vehicle's tires as soon as possible. If you are driving when the light comes on, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Bear in mind that the TPMS light may illuminate in certain situations, such as if you start driving around on a cold morning. If the light comes on frequently, even though you continue to refill the tires, bring your car in for an inspection at our Nissan dealership.

For more information on how Nissan's Tire Pressure Monitoring System works, contact our dealership today.