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Old 12-04-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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Hi,

I just got back my Honda Accord 2008 yesterday from dealership after fixing the back bumper which was damaged in an accident.

Today, I drove the car and the TPMS Light is ON. What does that mean? I am in Houston and it is snowing (little bit). Does, it have anything to do with the TPMS light?
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Yes, the cold air makes the PSI drop in your tires. Drive it a little bit and it should go off as the PSI increases.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Thanks! I get really scared about all the lights in the car. I immediately went to the gas station and check the tire pressure which seemed okay.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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Another dumb sensor, mandated by the genius government...
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:38 AM
 
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I like the TPMS in our Pilot and Ridgeline.

Marykate - you really should spend a few minutes with the owner's manual of your car. Don't be just another helpless female intimidated by an indicator on your dash.

TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitoring System. It warns you when your tire pressure is below the manufacturer's minimum for that car. It doesn't mean "emergency" but it means one or more of your tires are low. This happens when it gets cold - but even if it were warm your tires were probably close to being low.

Since you probably NEVER check your tire pressure on your own - TPMS is doing you a favor.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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Thanks! I get really scared about all the lights in the car. I immediately went to the gas station and check the tire pressure which seemed okay.
Don't forget to check the spare tire. It also has a sensor.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:04 AM
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I also suggest getting nitrogen gas in your tires, whenever you have the chance, since the gas leaks out much slower than normal air. I even went to Costco and they let me air up my spare with the nitrogen line.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I also suggest getting nitrogen gas in your tires, whenever you have the chance, since the gas leaks out much slower than normal air. I even went to Costco and they let me air up my spare with the nitrogen line.
Oh puhleeze.....the benefits of nitrogen in tires are very small.

Remember that normal air is 78% nitrogen already. Unless you evacuate your tire, then refill with pure nitrogen, you are unlikely to significantly increase the nitrogen content inside the tire.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:22 PM
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Oh puhleeze.....the benefits of nitrogen in tires are very small.

Remember that normal air is 78% nitrogen already. Unless you evacuate your tire, then refill with pure nitrogen, you are unlikely to significantly increase the nitrogen content inside the tire.
Well, there is no extra charge since that's all they use. I haven't had to add any air in my tires for months. Before that it was every few weeks.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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The best reason to fill our tires with nitrogen gas is that it's so stable. It stays at a stable psi when the temperatures change, especially when it gets warmer, so here in TX during summer and highwaydriving you'll have significant less of a chance for a blow out, your tires wear better and your fuel economy goes up slightly.

...There's a reason they use it in any serious race car.
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