TPMS stands for “Tire Pressure Monitoring System” and it turns on whenever your car tires are irregularly inflated.
However, a lot of drivers complain that TPMS warning light keeps blinking even after they have filled your tires to the proper tire pressure. The TPMS light could either indicate that your TPMS is not properly recalibrated or that your tire pressure is too low.
In this article, you will learn how to reset the TPMS light in several vehicles on the market.
Direct and Indirect TPMS
Before we move on to resetting the TPMS, it is important to understand the type of monitoring system your car has. There are 2 main types of TPMS: Direct and Indirect.
The direct TPMS has sensors located on the tire’s pressure valve or on the rim. These sensors collect information and send it to the car’s on-board computer. However, the direct TPMS is most likely to malfunction due to bad weather conditions. It is usually found in cars in the United States.
The indirect TPMS has sensors placed on the car’s ABS brakes and/or the speed sensors on each wheel. These sensors measure the speed of the wheel rotation and idetify changes as underinflated tires rotate much faster compared to a regularly filled tires. This system is found in cars in Europe.
Different Techniques to Reset TPMS
Resetting the TPMS differs from car to car but there are some general techniques which are easy to execute and help in successfully recalibrating the monitoring system.
Make Sure You Have the Correct Pressure
Before you try to reset your TPMS light, you should always make sure that you have the right tire pressure in your vehicle. Use a tire pressure gauge to check the tire pressure. Inflate each tire to its ideal PSI then deflate the tires to zero. Then inflate again and drive for a couple of minutes at 15 mph to manually calibrate the sensors. If you want to learn more about how to find the correct tire pressure, you can check out this guide: Tire pressure
Use the Car’s TPMS Reset Button
Most of the cars with direct TPMS have a reset button located under the steering wheel through which you can conveniently re-calibrate the sensors. Put the key in the ignition and turn on the battery but don’t start the car. Push the reset button for about 3 seconds or until the system’s light starts blinking. Start the vehicle and drive for 20 to 25 minutes, then turn off the ignition.
Drive at 50 mph
This might be the easiest method as it requires you to just drive your car at 50 mph for about 10 miles and the sensors will automatically calibrate themselves. Some vehicles require a higher speed and you can also use cruise control to keep the speed constant.
Remove and Re-Connect the Car Battery
Every car has an onboard computer which may face certain glitches from time to time. The best way to fix these glitches is to reset the computer and this can be done by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery.
Open your car’s hood and look for the battery’s positive terminal. Remove the positive terminal to disconnect the battery then press the vehicle’s horn to drain out any remaining power. Reconnect the positive terminal and the TPMS warning light should go away.
Use a TPMS Reset Tool for Your Vehicle
There are a lot of different TPMS reset tools on the market. In some cases, you will have to reprogram the sensors if they have lost their information and you need a TPMS reset tool for this task. With a TPMS reset tool, you can often reset the TPMS light with an easy click of a button of your car. If you are interested in buying a tool like this, I can recommend the Autel TS401 MaxiTPMS Activation Tool Link to Amazon. You can also reset the TPMS light if you have a good OBD2 scanner. Always make sure the tools are compatible with your vehicle before making a purchase.
If the above-mentioned techniques do not work, it means that the sensors may have been damaged and will have to be replaced. The sensors can get damaged due to various reasons; for example, tire replacement, brake repairing, oil change, filter change or even during normal tire service.
You can also try out these specific methods depending on your car make and model.
TPMS Reset Honda Vehicles Introduced After 2016
If you own a 2016 or later Honda car with a touchscreen display, then follow these steps to easily re-calibrate the TPMS.
- Go to the home screen
- Select settings
- Click TPMS calibration
- Select “Calibrate”
For models without a touch display, use buttons on the steering wheel to select ‘TPMS Calibration’ and chose the ‘Calibrate’ option.
TPMS Reset Honda Vehicles
For old Honda models without touch display, use steering wheel buttons and calibrate through these steps:
- Select Menu
- Select ‘Customize Setting’
- Choose TPMS Calibration
- Click Initialize
For models without any display screen, a TPMS reset button can be found on the left of the steering wheel. Press the button for a couple of seconds then release to re-calibrate the system.
TPMS Reset Chevrolet Models
Resetting TPMS on Chevrolet models can be performed at home as well but it requires a J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Tester which can be bought from eBay.
- Put the key in the ignition and turn to the “ON” position but don’t start the vehicle.
- Using the driver instrument cluster, click the “Vehicle Information” button and navigate to “Relearn Tire Position”.
- Click “Set/Reset” and a message saying “Tire Learning Active” will pop up.
- If you own an old model without an instrument cluster, press the odometer reset button until “Tire Learning Active” message is displayed.
- Connect the J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Tester to the left front tire and press the active button. Wait for 10 seconds until a horn chirp sound is heard. Repeat the process for remaining tires.
- Once all tires are done, turn the key to the “OFF” position.
- Re-inflate the tires according to the recommended PSI.
TPMS Reset Volkswagen Models
Resetting TPMS on Volkswagen differs from model to model. For old models, the reset button can be found inside the glove box or near the gear shift. Once the button is found, press it for a couple of seconds until a beep is heard then release.
For newer models, the TPMS can be re-calibrated easily through the infotainment system.
TPMS Reset Mini Models
The TPMS on Mini models can be re-calibrated easily through the button as well. For old models (2002 to 2006), the reset button can be found in the front cabin on the emergency brake handle.
Turn on the ignition but don’t start the car and press the reset button until the yellow indicator on the dashboard starts blinking. The TPS will be automatically calibrated on your next drive.
On the newer models (2007 and onwards), start the car and navigate to “Set/Info” on the instrument cluster. Scroll down until the tire monitor symbol is displayed then click on reset and the TPMS system will re-calibrate.
TPMS Reset Toyota Models
Toyota cars do normally have a reset button under the steering wheel. The reset button can be hard to find and you can find in the lowest area in front of your pedals. Just press the reset button for 5 seconds while the ignition is on and the TPMS should be reset.
- Turn the ignition ON
- Press the reset button for 5 seconds
- Turn off the ignition
- Start your car and check if the light is gone
Once the TPMS system resets and the warning light goes away, there are a few maintenance tips you can follow to avoid the problem in future.
If you replace the valve-system core, choose a stainless steel core instead of a brass core.
Never leave the tire without a cap screwed to the valve stem.
Do not use aerosol flat fixer as it damages the sensor capability to measure changes.
Take your car to an authorized dealership to have your vehicle and tires inspected.
Can I Remove the TPMS Function instead?
It is possible but firstly, remember that getting rid of the TPMS is not the right solution as according to the law proposed by “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”, all cars newer than 2008 are supposed to be equipped with a TPMS. This law was introduced to minimize the number of road accidents due to overinflated or underinflated tires.
Always check your tire pressure before trying to reset your TPMS system
There are two different kinds of TPMS systems; direct and indirect.
If your tire pressure is correct and you have tried to reset your TPMS, it may be a stored trouble code which can be found with an OBD2 scanner.
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