TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

February 25th, 2016 by


Ford is committed to being a leader in the development of innovative technologies that help make vehicles smarter. That means we’re continuously improving features to surprise and delight customers. A great example of this is the new Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

The Original TPMS

The first version of TPMS, found on most 2013, 2014 and 2015 Ford vehicles, continually monitors tire pressure in all four tires. The system illuminates a single warning light in the instrument panel to alert the drive if any of the four tires have become significantly under-inflated, and potentially create a situation that could affect fuel economy, ride quality or indicate and failing condition.

Our Next Generation

The NEW, Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System brings tire pressure awareness to a new level providing an illuminated alert similar to the previous system and adding visual readings for each of the individual tires.

How it Works: Both the new individual TPMS and existing TPMS get their information from the wheels/tires to the instrument cluster in much the same way:

  • Each of the four wheels has a tire pressure sensor attached to each valve stem, excluding the spare tire.
  • The sensors use radio frequency  transmitters to send the tire pressure information to the vehicle’s onboard computer.

Low Pressure Detected

When the system detects low pressure in one or more of the tires, it alerts the driver in one of two ways:

  • A solid warning light in the instrument panel, indicating low pressure in one of the tires
  • A flashing warning light in the instrument panel, indicating that the spare is being used or the system needs to be inspected by the service department.

Check it Out!

TPMSWhether an “alert” appears on the instrument panel or the driver simply wants to take a look at their vehicle’s tire pressure readings, monitoring tire pressure levels has never been easier. Each vehicle’s Information Display screen looks slightly different; however navigation and functionality are relatively similar:

  • Use the steering wheel-mounted controls to navigate to the Information Display
  • From the Main Menu, select Display Mode/Gauge Mode
  • From Display Mode/Gauge Mode, select tire pressure
  • The screen will reveal a top-down view of the vehicle and the four tire pressure readings.

If you want to learn more, need assistance with your tires, or just need some air, give the Quick Lane a call at (843) 839-8137! The knowledgeable service advisors and technicians will be more than happy to get you rolling down the road quickly and efficiently!


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