How to Reset the TPMS on Vehicles

by Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017

Many Vehicles employ a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, that uses sensors to track the inflation of all four tires. When one of the tires is low on air pressure, the TPMS will display a warning light on the control panel. After the low pressure situation is resolved, the TPMS needs to be reset so it can accurately keep track of the tire pressure. Each Vehicles requires a different amount of pressure Vehicles the tires. The recommended pressure is printed on the side of each tire.

Under The Hood:

 How to Reset the TPMS on a 2009 Honda Civic

Park your 2009 Honda Civic on a level surface.

Inflate all four tires to the appropriate pressure. Use the tire pressure gauge to verify the pressure. The appropriate pressure for each tire is printed on the sidewall of the tire.

Drive the Civic at a speed greater than 20 mph for at least 10 minutes. This gives the computer sufficient time and data to read the sensors on each tire and determine if the pressure is sufficient. The TPMS light turns off after the reset procedure is complete.

Items you will need

  • Tire pressure gauge

 How to Reset the TPMS on a Pontiac

Park the vehicle and turn the engine off.

Turn the ignition switch to the "ON/RUN" position.

Press and hold the tire pressure warning reset switch until the TPMS light flashes on and off three times. The reset switch is located on the bottom of the steering column on most Pontiac vehicles.

Leave the ignition switch on for three to five minutes to give the computer a chance to reset and calibrate the system. Turn the ignition switch off.

 How to Reset the TPMS in a Nissan

Park the vehicle on a level surface where all four tires can be easily accessed.

Remove the caps from the valve stems of each tire.

Press the tire pressure gauge into the valve stems of each tire to measure the current tire pressure.

Press the nozzle of the compressed air into the nozzle of any tire that is low on air. Release the nozzle after a few seconds and measure the pressure with the gauge. Repeat the process until all the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure.

Replace the caps on the valve stems of all the tires.

Drive the vehicle at more than 16 mph for two to three minutes so that the sensors can obtain enough data to monitor the tires. The warning light will go off when the system detects that the pressure is adequate.

Items you will need

  • Compressed air

  • Tire pressure gauge

 How to Reset TPMs on the Nissan Titan

Drive your Nissan Titan to a service station that has a tire-inflation or air machine. Many convenient stores have these machines. If you have an air tank or an air compressor at home, you can simply perform the procedure in your driveway.

Turn your Titan's engine off and step out of the vehicle. Unscrew the valve stem cap on the driver's side front tire. Attach the end of the pressure gauge to the stem. View the reading on the gauge. The reading should be 35 PSI.

Attach the air hose from the compressor, tank or machine to the valve stem and add a bit of air. Check the tire pressure again. Repeat the process until the tire's pressure readout shows 35 PSI. If the readout was initially too high, touch the center of the valve stem with the back of pressure gauge to release air from the tire.

Repeat for each tire. Ensure that each tire is at 35 PSI. Verify that you've replaced all of the valve stem caps when you are finished.

Drive your Titan for about 15 minutes at a speed of at least 15 miles per hour. During the driving cycle, the TPMS resets. Your "Low Tire Pressure" light should go off.

Items you will need

  • Tire air gauge

  • Compressor or air tank (optional)

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