How to Reset Tire Pressure Light

TPMS Light on Dash

Your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) keeps you safe on the Turlock roads, and it can relay important information to you simply by turning the TPMS light on. However, sometimes your light gets stuck – so what should you do? While we recommend a trip to the service center for greater peace of mind, there are some things you can try in the meantime. Learn how to reset your tire pressure light with tips and tricks from Western Motors Merced, and schedule your service today!

Resetting the TPMS

Normally, you’ll notice your TPMS light on when your tires are underinflated. Adding air to the recommended levels will cause the light to turn off automatically, but sometimes it needs a little extra coaxing. Here are a few things to try:

  • Take a drive around Modesto for 10 minutes while keeping your speeds at or above 50 mph. This can cause your sensor to reset the next time you drive.
  • When your vehicle is parked, turn the key to the “On” position without starting the car. Locate the TPMS button under the steering wheel. Hold the TPMS reset button and wait for the light to blink three times, then release the button. Start the car and wait 20 minutes. The sensor should refresh.
  • Overinflate all tires slightly at just 3 PSI above the recommended pressure, then deflate each tire completely – including the spare. Inflate all tires to the proper pressure and check your light again.
  • When parked, disconnect the positive battery cable using a wrench. Turn the car on and honk the horn for three seconds. This discharges any remaining battery power. Reconnect the battery and check your light.

Flashing Tire Pressure Light Mean

A TPMS light on indicates that your tire pressure does not meet the manufacturer guidelines, so what does a flashing tire pressure light mean? A flashing tire pressure light usually means a component of your TPMS needs to be replaced. This could mean one of the sensors is broken or a sensor battery needs to be replaced. Either way, the team at Western Motors Merced can easily diagnose and repair your vehicle. We’ll get your car back up to code, so you can get back to the Atwater roads in no time.

Schedule Your Service at Western Motors Merced

You know how to reset your tire pressure light like a pro, but what other questions do you have for our service department? Feel free to contact us at any time for more information or schedule your service online at your convenience.


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