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FAQ: Why Is My Tire Light On?



Maybe you are driving to work, or running errands when you notice a horseshoe-shaped light on the dashboard. Then perhaps you check the owner’s manual of your vehicle and discover this is the tire pressure monitoring system. Why Is My Tire Light On? you ask yourself. There are a number of issues that may cause the tire light to come on, so bring your vehicle to our team here at Magic Toyota and we can perform a thorough inspection.

Understanding Why Your Tire Light Is On


Asking yourself Why Is My Tire Light On? The tire pressure monitoring system is a modern convenience that constantly monitors the pressure of your tires, and the tire light may indicate either high or low pressure. If you are driving when the light comes on, find a safe place to park and perform a tire inspection. You can use a pressure gauge to check the pressure of each tire, and you can perform a visual check. Sometimes one tire will be noticeably lower than the others. Temperature changes may be the culprit.

If, for example, the temperature outside is around sixty degrees when you go to sleep, and thirty degrees when you wake up the next day, this extreme change will cause your tire pressure to drop, thereby triggering the tire pressure monitoring system. The most important thing to remember is that your tires, and tire pressure, are a crucial part of your safety on the road. A low tire may lead to a blowout and an accident, or you may get stuck changing a tire on the side of the road, which can be both dangerous and unpleasant.

Steps to Prevent Your Tire Light from Coming On


The tire pressure monitoring system is not meant to replace regular tire inspection, and there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your tires are in good condition. When you stop at a fueling station, take a minute to check the pressure of your tires with a tire gauge. If any of the tires need air, you can fix the problem. Why Is My Tire Light On? Older tires may be the source of the problem, so make sure to check the tread and sidewalls of your tires. If you are unsure, bring us your vehicle and we can do the rest.

Here at Magic Toyota, we are ready to service your vehicle, so give us a call today at 866-858-1515, or come visit our automotive center at 21300 Highway 99, Edmonds, WA 98026. Why Is My Tire Light On?  Contact us today and get some answers.

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