How to Reset Tire Pressure Light

Tire Pressure Check

Your tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, is critical to the safety of your vehicle, and it’s important to make sure it’s activated. If you still see a flashing tire pressure light after you’ve inflated your tires, there may not be an issue with your tires, and you may just have to reset it. If you notice the TPMS light on, then learn how to do a reset with the Leman's Chevrolet City Llc service center. We’ll show you step by step how to reset your tire pressure light, so you can drive confidently through Normal.

What Does a Flashing Tire Pressure Light Mean?

Tire pressure sensors often use a battery, and a flashing tire pressure light can often be a sign that the battery needs to be replaced. This could also be because of an issue with your vehicle’s sensor. If you notice that your TPMS light is on and flashing, you’ll want to schedule a service appointment at our service center so that we can properly diagnose the problem and get you safely back on the Decatur roads.

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What Is the Recommended Tire Pressure?

Knowing your tire’s recommended air pressure amount will help when learning how to reset the tire pressure light. Tire pressure is measured in pounds per square inch, or “PSI” — a measure of how much force there is in a certain area. But, what is the recommended tire pressure? The recommended tire pressure for most vehicles is between 30-35 PSI. Still, the ideal pressure for your particular vehicle will vary based on what tires you use and the class of vehicle you drive. Often, vehicles with larger wheels and lower-profile tires must have a higher recommended tire pressure to compensate.

Traditionally, when off-roading, you have to let the air out of your tires, so the recommended tire pressure also varies based on the driving activities being performed. Learn more about recommended air pressure and how it can turn your TPMS light on with the team at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc. In the meantime, if you have car troubles mounting up and need a new ride, you can find a wide range in our new vehicle inventory.

Why Your Tire Pressure Light Is On: How Your Tire Sensor Works

There are different reasons why you might see a flashing tire pressure light when driving around Springfield. Your vehicle’s tire sensor that sets off the tire pressure light might be different from your other vehicles. There are two main systems used today: Direct TPMS and Indirect TPMS.

  • Direct TPMS is what it sounds like: a direct measure of your tires’ pressures using a tire sensor. When it senses your tire(s) have lost 25% or more of their air pressure, it sends a signal to the car’s computer and activates the TPMS light on your dash.
  • Indirect TPMS is a bit different. Rather than measure the pressure with a tire sensor, it measures something impacted by your tire pressure. Your car’s antilock braking system (ABS) can sense how fast your tires are spinning. If the pressure in a tire is low, it rolls at a different speed and alerts your vehicle computer.

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How to Reset Your Tire Pressure Light: Step by Step

Most times that your TPMS light goes on, you’ll very likely want to take it to a local service center like ours, where trained technicians have the advanced equipment needed to diagnose and repair all aspects of your Chevrolet vehicle, including tire issues. But, if you’re looking to learn how to reset your TPMS light yourself, here are some different things you can do:

  • First, try to fill up your tires with air and see if the TPMS light goes off. If not, drive around for 5-10 minutes at a minimum of 50 MPH.
  • Turn your car off, and then turn the key to the “On” position without starting the car. Hold down the TPMS reset button until you see the tire pressure light blink three times. Then, release the button. Consult your owner’s manual if you have trouble finding the reset button. Start up the car, and wait about 20 minutes. This should give the sensor plenty of time to refresh.
  • Turn your car off, and disconnect the positive battery cable using a wrench. Turn on your car, and honk the horn for about three seconds. This will get rid of any power that may still be stored inside your car. Afterward, reconnect the battery.
  • Inflate all of your tires to 3 PSI over the recommended amount. Then, deflate all of the tires. Don’t forget to include the spare tire. Afterward, reinflate all of the tires to the recommended pressure amount.

If none of the above works, then schedule service at Leman's Chevrolet City Llc.

Visit Leman's Chevrolet City Llc Today

If you’re having issues figuring out why your TPMS light is on or want to learn more about this system, contact Leman's Chevrolet City Llc. We’re a Chevy dealer you trust for advice on service, tire rotations, how to program your Chevy key fob, and anything else you need, so don’t hesitate to ask us anything that’s on your mind.

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