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How to Clear Tire Pressure Light (TPMS) 2024

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Your tire pressure light just turned on, and now you’re left wondering what to do next. Ignoring it is not an option – low tire pressure can be dangerous and negatively affect your vehicle’s handling and fuel economy. So how do you proceed? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps to clear your tire pressure light and make sure your vehicle is both safe and efficient to drive.

1. Check your tire pressure

When your tire pressure warning light turns on, the first thing to do is to check your tire pressure including the spare tire present at the back. You can use a tire pressure gauge to check the level of air in each tire. The recommended pressure for your car’s tire is usually found in your car owner’s manual or on a label inside the driver’s door. If your tire pressure is low, fill them up with air inflator as soon as possible.

2. Drive for a few miles

After filling your tires with air, drive your car for a few miles until the tire pressure warning light turns off. This allows the car’s computer system to recognize the change in pressure. If the warning light persists, Drive at 50 mph (80Km/hr) or above for at least 10 minutes. This will help your sensor reset.

3. Reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

If the tire pressure warning light reappears after inflating the tires, it may be necessary to reset the TPMS. The TPMS is a system that alerts you when there is a change in tire pressure. The process of resetting the TPMS can vary depending on the car model. You can refer to your owner’s manual for the specific instructions. Typically, you’ll need to press the reset button located under the dashboard or in the glove box to reset the system.

How to Reset TPRMS?

Insert the car key into the ignition and turn it to the “on” position (Do Not start the engine). Press and hold the TPMS reset button until the tire pressure light flashes three times. Release the button, then start the car. The light should vanish within 20 minutes.

How to Clear Tire Pressure Light
Toyota cars usually have TPMS reset button under the dashboard

4. Disconnect Your Car Battery

If above steps failed, you could try disconnecting your car battery. Before doing so, make sure your vehicle isn’t running. Locate your car’s battery, usually located under the hood or in the trunk, and carefully disconnect the negative cable. Wait around 15-20 minutes and reconnect the cable. Your tire pressure light should disappear once you turn your vehicle back on.

5. Take your car to a professional

If the tire pressure warning light stays on even after you’ve checked your tire pressure, inflated the tires, and reset the TPMS, it’s time to take your car to a professional mechanic. They can diagnose the problem, determine the root cause of the issue, and fix it accordingly. The cause could be a damaged sensor, an electrical fault, a slow leak, or a faulty TPMS.

6. Preventive measures

To prevent tire pressure light from turning on, ensure that you regularly check your tire condition and air pressure. Ideally, check your tire pressure at least once a month or before a long road trip. Also, avoid overloading your car as it causes excess stress on your tires and could affect its pressure. Lastly, avoid driving over rough roads and potholes as it can cause damages to your tires.

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Why is my tire pressure light still on after filling tires?

If your tire pressure is correct, but the warning light persists, a possible leak or an issue with the faulty TPMS in one or more tires may be the cause. Double-check pressures and consider a professional inspection if the issue persists.

Where is TPMS reset button?

The TPMS reset button is typically near the driver’s side on the steering wheel button (toggle though the options) or under the dashboard. If not found, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for guidance.

Do all cars have a TPMS reset button?

No, not all vehicles feature a TPMS reset button. Some systems auto-reset after correcting tire pressure or faulty TPMS.

Bottom Line

Knowing how to clear the tire pressure light is crucial for every car owner. As mentioned earlier, low tire pressure can lead to decreased fuel efficiency, increased risk of accidents, and other issues.

Remember to check your tire pressure regularly and follow the necessary preventive measures to keep your tires in good condition. If the tire pressure warning light persists after you’ve tried the suggested fixes, seek help from a professional mechanic. Stay safe on the road!

Shashank Sharma
Shashank is a tech expert and writer with over 8 years of experience. His passion for helping people in all aspects of technology shines through his work. He is also the author of the book "iSolution," designed to assist iPhone users. Shashank has completed his master's in business administration, but his heart lies in technology & Gadgets.

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