It's never a good feeling to see an illuminated icon on your instrument panel that you've never seen before. Thankfully, the tire pressure light, while worthy of immediate attention, is usually easy to diagnose and often times won't break the bank to get it to turn off. Many times, this light is just to alert you that you need to put some air in your tires. However, it can also mean that your tire is flat or is going flat. At Lexus of Orlando, we want to make sure you know what to do next when you see that pesky light come on.
Pull Over Safely
The first thing you should do when the tire pressure light comes on in your Lexus is find a safe place to pull over on the side of the road or in a parking lot. If you are traveling on the highway at high speeds, be sure to firmly grip the wheel so that you can stay in control of your vehicle until you find a place to pull over. It's also not a bad idea to put on your hazard lights just in case the tire blows out.
Check the Pressure on Each Tire
If the tire pressure light is on, your tire is likely either low or flat. To check this yourself, you'll first want to locate your tire's recommended PSI on the side of the tire. You can also find this information in your Lexus' owner's manual or on the tire placard located either in the glove box, door frame or side of the door itself. Once you know the correct PSI, use a manual or digital tire pressure gauge to check the air pressure of each of your tires. If one is low, but does not appear to be flat, you can stop by a gas station to add more air. You don't even have to pay for air at many gas stations.
Visit the Service Center at Lexus of Orlando
If you notice a problem with the tire when checking the pressure, or if you're not comfortable checking the pressure yourself, it's time to visit a the Lexus of Orlando Service Center. Make sure your Lexus is still safe to drive, and safely make your way to our dealership. Here, a certified Lexus technician will inspect all of your tires for foreign objects, punctures or tears. It may turn out that you need a new tire, but many times they will be able to just patch it. Already have a tire problem? Schedule a service appointment today!
Resetting the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
If you're intentionally keeping your tires slightly low, and want the tire pressure light to go off, you'll need to reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. To do this, you'll first need to start your Lexus. Then, put your palm face up below the dash exactly halfway between the brake pedal and the gas pedal. Move your arm forward about ten inches until you feel a button. Press the button for five seconds. When you see the warning light flash, you've successfully reset your TPMS.