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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


  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Colour me confused. According to you the TPMS because the pressure "..was a couple pounds low", but that display suggests it is 5 pounds low. Where I was raised 5 is rather more than a couple. Is 34 PSI what it says on the door sticker? If so your other tyres are low, too.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    That's 15% low. By my standards, that is significant.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    I agree with the others; 5 lbs (or 15%) is low, and the TPMS did its job. But I'm wondering why the tires lost so much air in such a short time.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    What do you want it to do, Ed? Wait until it's 10 pounds low? What if you were losing air at the rate of 5 psi every half-hour? This way, it gives you around 30 minutes to find an air pump or a repair shop - do you want it to wait until you have like 5 minutes to do that before it tells you something's wrong?

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    5 psi seems more than reasonable.

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