The Kenworth T680 and Kenworth T880 are available with the fuel-saving SmarTire tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) by Bendix CVS as an option when specifying these models.
This factory-installed Bendix system uses wheel-mounted sensors in each tire to monitor tire pressure and temperature. Sensors are located on the steer and drive axle wheels. If tire pressure becomes too low, or tire temperature becomes too high, the system sends a signal to the driver via the dash display. Operating at recommended tire pressure is important for optimal tire life and fuel economy.
According to Bendix, a tire that is underinflated by as little as 10% can result in a 1.5% drop in fuel economy, which may increase fuel spending by up to $1,000 per year for a single truck. Underinflation by 20% results in a 30% reduction in tire life. A tire failure on the road due to improper tire inflation can also rack up large roadside assistance charges, depending on when and where they occur.
For more information, call or visit a local Kenworth dealer, or access www.bendix.com.