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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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    Electrical Services, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 02/05/2020

    Had a dead battery a few blocks from the shop, the guys came and jumped my dead battery off so I could make it to Maxi for a new one! Awesome customer service! :)

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    Electrical Services, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 01/13/2020

    Great place! Friendly and helpful staff. Stopped in from out of town when our local shop from home screwed us over with a bad battery, these guys took care of us and our car better than ever! Highly recommend!

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    Engine Maintenance, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 12/25/2019

    Had a maintenance light come on, the employee that helped me was friendly, checked on my car in the parking lot free of charge. It was easy and simple.

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    Engine Maintenance, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 11/12/2019

    I came here in a bit of a situation. My radiator hose broke apart as I was driving down the interstate. First, I took my car to Firestone and found they were charging ridiculous prices to fix this issue. I then brought my car here and Steven was extremely helpful and got my car in and out In a great amount of time and came in about $100 cheaper than Firestone. Would definitely recommend for anybody in a situation like I was!

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    Car & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 07/10/2019

    Best prices in the area and excellent, cheerful, FAST service. The battery and alternator in my 2007 Ford Focus died while I was traveling between Alabama and North Carolina. I sat at a coffee shop and did extensive research on the best price for a mechanic all up and down the highway between Ooltewah and Chattanooga. I must have called 15 places. Patrick at Maxi gave me the best price, by a long shot. Furthermore, he and his team squeezed me in at the end of the day on a Friday so that I could get on the road. I was blown away by the excellent pricing and superior service. If you're looking for a fairly-priced, high quality mechanic in this area, this is it.

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    Car & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 02/05/2020

    Had a dead battery a few blocks from the shop, the guys came and jumped my dead battery off so I could make it to Maxi for a new one! Awesome customer service! :)

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