You see an error message that says "Tire Pressure Sensor Fault" as you're driving.
Is it a big deal, and how much will it cost to fix? If I inflate my tires correctly, will it go away?
It's going to be a lot of questions, but don't worry. This article aims to explain what the tire pressure sensor fault message is and how to fix it.
A tire pressure sensor inside each tire alerts drivers when a tire is under-inflated.
Tire pressure sensors can be divided into two types. There are two types of valves: one which consists solely of a sensor and one which consists exclusively of a valve stem. Another type of sensor is a band sensor: it is attached to the inside of the rim with a metal band.
In addition to the dash light, both sensors alert the driver when a tire's air pressure is low.
An auto's computer will illuminate a light on the dash when a tire pressure sensor detects low pressure.
There is usually a bright yellow symbol with an exclamation point (!) inside a U-shape. The drivers are advised to check their tires in this warning, as one may be flat or just low.
Depending on which tire is under-inflated, a vehicle can pull in one direction when driving on a low-inflated tire. Operating in this situation will result in poor control of the car, which is extremely dangerous.
In addition, driving on a low tire may cause uneven wear on the tires and, at worst, deterioration of the tire's structural integrity. This can eventually lead to a blowout after the tire is reflated. Therefore, it is necessary to replace a completely flat tire due to this damage.
The sensor must simply be defective if you have confirmed adequate tire pressure in all tires. The only concern the driver will have in this situation is the bright light glaring from the dashboard.
Since the sensor is no longer reading the actual pressure, the driver will have to become more attentive to the pressure in their tires. This should be fixed at the earliest convenience for safety reasons.
You may need to replace the tire pressure sensor if checking and adjusting the tire pressure doesn't resolve the problem. In some models, an OBD2 scanner can identify a failing sensor, while others rely on the dashboard computer.
A local tire or repair shop can always perform an automotive scan to quickly determine which sensor is defective. Having a scan tool on hand will allow you to diagnose the problem yourself. The battery life of these sensors ranges anywhere from 2 to 10 years.
Sensor replacement is no different. The vehicle owner decides where to have the repair done! However, the point remains that a reputable and trustworthy repair shop should always be chosen. Don't go there!
Whenever you have work done at a shop, inquire about the warranty on the labor and parts. Repairs can be costly, especially when you find out the part was defective, or the work was done incorrectly.
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