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2013 Dodge Dart: Touchy Tire Monitor

July 23, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

When I saw the TPMS light come on in our 2013 Dodge Dart I was a bit concerned. According to the owner's manual, or "user's guide" as Dodge calls it in the Dart, the warning light will only come on when there's a significant drop in pressure in one of the tires.

Switching over to the tire pressure screen, I noticed that the driver's side front tire was a couple pounds low. At first I thought it was a mistake, but sure enough at some point the readout started flashing to let me know that it was in fact the cause of the warning light.

Now I'm glad to know anytime my tires are a pound or two low. It seems trivial, but every pound makes a difference. In this case, however, I would think the warning light was a little premature. The average driver might think that a couple pounds low is dangerous and pull off the road unnecessarily. In my case, I just added a few pounds when I got home. I'd be curious what Dodge considers a "significant" drop in pressure.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,621 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Dodge Dart in VA is:

$166 per month*
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