Most modern cars nowadays have a tire pressure monitoring system(TPMS) as one of the safety features that would light on when your tire pressure isn’t suitable so you can make adjustments.
While it informs you of something wrong with your tire pressure, sometimes it would light on even if you’ve inflated the tire to the correct PSI or for no reason. At this point, you may have to reset the TPMS so the light turns off.
Can a scan tool reset TPMS?
There are different obd2 scan tools for mercedes and others brand to the ability to read and work on TPMS. However, only scan tools that support TPMS that allow you to reset the system.
You can also find a dedicated tpms reset tool including TPMS relearn tool, TPMS programming tool, or TPMS reset tool. These TPMS tools may include different functions including reading sensors, resetting, or reprogramming TPMS.
You can simply choose a TPMS tool that’s compatible with your vehicle and suits your needs.
How to reset TPMS warning light at home
A technician or mechanic in an auto shop can help you with TPMS issues but you can actually reset the warning light at home with a TPMS tool. From there, you only need to complete some steps.
- Get a TPMS tool that supports your car make and model
- Perform sensor reading with TPMS tool before making any adjustment with the tire pressure
- Depending on the reading results, you can make relevant adjustments to the tire system whether it’s inflating air pressure to the suggested PSI, replacing the TPMS sensors, adjusting the rotation of the tire, and so forth.
- Once the adjustments and relevant services have been set, you can go back to your TPMS tool and launch relearning or reprogramming service to reset the whole system that would turn off the warning light on.
TPMS reset (Specific Brand)
Where is my TPMS reset button? TPMS reset button is located differently for car models including in left-below the steering wheel, steering wheel console, or on the infotainment touch screen.
If you hardly locate the button, you can simply refer to the user’s manual book or ask the manufacturer.
1. TPMS reset Volkswagen models
How to reset the VW TPMS system? TPMS reset procedure might be slightly different for every VW car model. You’d need to recalibrate TPMS after inflating your tires. These steps are required for performing RPMS recalibration/resetting in VW cars
- Ensure the proper pressure in all tires
- Find the TPMS set button that usually appears with the universal TPMS icon and sometimes along with a “set” word on it.
- Press and hold the TPMS set button until the system dings which means the calibration is finished.
- If your VW car has an infotainment system, you can check the tire pressure status in the Status menu. You can initialize the “set” from there.
- TPMS recalibration is done and the warning light would be off as you start the engine
2. TPMS reset Honda
TPMS reset procedures in Honda cars depend on the models.
For Honda cars with touch screen consoles and/or steering wheel buttons, you can go to the Menu and find the TPMS calibration. Initialize the process and exit the menu after it’s done.
For Honda cars without a touchscreen, you can find and perform TPMS calibration at the driver information.
For Honda cars with TPMS Button, you can find the button to the left of and slightly below the steering wheel. The button comes with the same symbol as the TPMS indicator light. You can press and hold the button until the TPMS indicator light two times.
The TPMS calibration process for Honda cars record driving at 30mph or above for 30 minutes and requires unmoving to start the procedure. ·
TPMS recalibration is required for Honda cars every time you rotate, change, or inflate tires.
3. TPMS reset Mini models
For Mini car owners, you can follow this TPMS resetting procedure
- Ensure and inflate the tire to the standard PSI for the Mini model
- Turn the ignition on(position 2) but don’t start the engine
- Find the reset button until the indicator lights up for several seconds or until the display changes and you can scroll through the options and find the tire setup.
- Initialize the tire monitoring system by pressing and holding the reset button until it changes again
- After initialization, the system would recalibrate TPMS as you start the engine and drive for several minutes.
- Drive your car at 20MPH for at least 20 minutes while the system monitors and records the adjustment or changes you’ve made to your tire.
4. TPMS reset Toyota models
If you have a Toyota car, then these are steps to reset TPMS and bring the light off:
- Inflate all tires to the proper PSI or repair or replace the broken tires. If the warning light is still on, continue with the resetting procedure. For Toyota cards, TPMS light can be triggered as you switch tire size, rotate tires, or change the PSI.
- After ensuring the correct pressure, you can turn the engine on and find the TPMS reset button slightly below and to the right of the steering wheel.
- Press and hold the reset button until the warning light in the information panel blinks three times in a slow manner and then you can release it.
- Keep the engine running for a while but don’t drive the car as it’s recording the current pressure of tires
- You can turn the engine off and that’s the end of the TPMS resetting procedure for Toyota cars.
If the TPMS warning light is still on even after the resetting procedure, Toyota strongly urges you to get help from an authorized dealership.
5. TPMS reset Chevrolet models
TPMS reset is slightly different for Chevrolet models but the common procedure includes these steps
- Ensure and inflate your car to the right PSI
- Turn on your car and drive it for at least 5-10 minutes
- Turn off your car after the short driving.
- Locate the TPMS reset button and turn on the ignition but not the engine yet
- Locate the TPMS reset through “SET/CLR” beneath the steering wheel on the wiper control
- Select the tire option and press “SET/CLR” again to confirm initialization
- As the horn sounds two times, the system is resetting/relearning changes in your tire and starting re-calibration.
How do you manually reset TPMS
Can you reset TPMS without a tool? Yes, you can reset TPMS without a scan or diagnostic tool. Most modern cars have a TPMS reset button that usually appears with the same icon as TPMS.
Some cars with touch screen infotainment systems may also feature on-screen TPMS reset that can be initialized from there. The procedure may slightly be different for car models.
A diagnostic tool allows you to automatically reset TPMS but there might be conditions when you can’t have one. At this point, it’s actually possible to manually reset TPMS with the following steps:
- While driving, bring your car at the minimum speed that’s suggested by the manufacturer(20-50mph). It would reset the TPMS sensors in the next ignition.
- Check the pressure of your tire, inflate your tire into the correct PSI that’s typically the reason why the TPMS light is engaged. If the warning light is still on after adjustment, then you can continue with the resetting procedure.
- Turn off your car for a while and then start the ignition but not the engine.
- Find the hyundai tpms reset button on your dashboard, on the speedometer cover, steering wheel, or at the console interface of your car. (you can check in the user’s manual book or contact the manufacturer)
- At the ignition position, press the TPMS button until the warning light blinks three times consecutively and release.
- After resetting, drive your car for at least 20 minutes that would reset the TPMS sensors again but not minimum speed this time.
How much does it cost to reset TPMS?
It costs you nothing to reset TPMS on your own as you only need to press and hold the button or let the resetting procedure. However, you still have to pay inflating tire or service fees when you use dealership or auto shop services.
The cost may vary depending on the services you need including tire inflation, replacement, repair, or rotation.
Do you need to reset tpms after new tires?
Most modern cars require you to reset TPMS after replacing old tires with new ones or simply rotating them.
Even if the tire has been inflated to the proper or suggested PSI, the TPMS warning light would be still on and need resetting or re-calibration.
Why Does TPMS Light On?
When TPMS lights on, it means that the system is recognizing irregularities or problems in your tire system.
The light is to warn you about potential or actual tire problems so you can respond to them immediately, especially when the tire pressure isn’t at the correct PSI.
However, TPMS can also be triggered as you change, rotate, or inflate the tires.
Is it Dangerous Driving with Low Tire Pressure Light?
TPMS light would typically be on as there are changes in the tire pressure condition and it works as a warning for you. It’s definitely dangerous to drive your car with tire pressure below the proper PSI.
Once you’ve noticed the TPMS light is on, check your tires and inflate them to the proper PSI before resetting the system.
What Does TPMS Fail?
The most common cause of TPMS failing problems is malfunctioning sensors in the system. The sensors may require replacement because of the damages or the end of their lifespan.
However, it can also be caused by the dead batteries that power the sensors where the whole sensor replacement isn’t necessary. When the TPMS light can’t be reset, it could be a sign of TPMS failures.
When the TPMS lights on, you’d need to perform re-calibration so the system can relearn the changes. These include when the tires are rotated, inflated, changed, or damaged.
After calibration, the TPMS light would go off as the system recognized the changes. A scan tool isn’t necessary as you can manually reset TPMS referring to the resetting procedure that varies for car models.
However, it’s very important to ensure and inflate tires to the correct pressure or settle all related issues before resetting the TPMS light.
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