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Why RAM's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Is Useful for Calgary Drivers

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(Posted on May 6, 2021 at 07:17PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CRAM%2C2500%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/2020_ram_1500_wheel_pressure.jpg"alt="White 2021 RAM 1500 parked on a boardwalk under a bridge"/></a>Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), which are standard on RAM trucks, warn drivers when their vehicles' wheels are not properly inflated. This proves essential when traveling down the Alberta backroads - because this issue could lead to longer braking times, poor fuel economy, and lagging power. Overall performance could become severely compromised. 

The TPMS alert is typically a yellow indicator on your dashboard that looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation mark in the middle. Its distinctive design is meant to be quickly recognizable, affording drivers improved reaction times. 

There are two types of TPMS: direct and indirect.

Direct TPMS

Direct TPMS uses a sensor on the wheel to monitor tire pressure. It relays the information to a central control module, and it usually sends an alert if the reading is below 75% of the manufacturer’s recommended level.

Indirect TPMS

Indirect TPMS uses wheel speed sensors in the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). When a tire is under-inflated, it tends to rotate faster than the others. If the central module detects this, it triggers the alert and allows drivers to plan their best respond strategies. 

To learn more about this critical safety system and to check the availability of RAM trucks, contact our Calgary dealership today.


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