Driving with incorrect tyre pressure can be dangerous, impact your fuel efficiency and cause premature wear to your tyres so it’s important to make sure your air pressure is always as correct. Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) feature sensors which are fitted to the wheels which are designed to detect any changes in air pressure and alert the driver through a dashboard monitor. Safe T Tyre is a leading Australian-owned supplier of tyre pressure monitoring systems and we are often asked if pressure sensors ever need to be replaced. So, read on to find out more.
Yes, Tyre Pressure Sensors May Need to Be Replaced from Time to Time
Due to the fact that they are located within the wheels they are quite exposed to external elements that can easily damage them. Tyre pressure sensors will experience wear and tear like most other car components, and sometimes they must be replaced. This will ensure your TPMS is accurate and importantly, help to maintain the safety of your vehicle.
What Happens If You Don’t Replace TPMS Sensors When Required?
If you neglect to replace worn out tyre pressure sensors, they will not work as they should and they will not be able to properly monitor the inflation of your tyres. This could mean that your sensors may incorrectly alert you to a pressure change, or not alert you at all which could mean that you continue to drive unaware that the pressure in your tyres is incorrect. An unreliable TPMS can severely impact your on-road safety.
What Can Happen If My Tyres Are Not Properly Inflated?
The air pressure in your tyres supports the entire weight of your vehicle so it’s vitally important that it’s correct.
One of the leading causes of tyre failure, low pressure means that too much of the tyre touches the road. This increases friction and can greatly reduce the lifespan of your tyres. It can also:
- Increase rolling resistance
- Increase fuel consumption
- Create uneven tread wear
- Affect braking performance
Tyres that are over inflated, will mean the centre of the tyres wears out much faster than the outer edges. It can also:
- Affect breaking
- Compromise handling
- Give you a bumpier ride
Always refer to your owner’s manual for the required tyre pressure level for your car and ensure it is correct.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Tyre Pressure Sensor?
In many cases, a simple battery replacement is what most tyre pressure monitoring sensors require. This is generally very affordable, depending on the make and model of your car. It is also relatively simple and affordable to replace a completely worn out or damaged sensor, your local auto technician will be able to help you. In some instances, the entire TPMS may need to be replaced, this could end up costing much more, depending on the make and model of your car and the type of tyre pressure monitoring system you have. If you are experiencing any issues, have your TPMS checked by a professional. This will ensure any worn out sensors can be replaced before damaging the entire system.
Need a Replacement TPMS?
If you are looking for a new tyre pressure monitoring system for your vehicle, Safe T Tyre is here to help. Check out our range online or get in touch with us for more information. Our effective and affordable TPMS devices will alert you to any changes in tyre pressure so that your tyres are always properly inflated. Shop the best TPMS online now.