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Carl Frodge
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I just corrected the air pressure in my tires, and the TMPS light is still coming on. I don't know why this is the case.

Have any of you had similar issues, and if so, how did you resolve them?
 
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1) You haven't driven far enough for the TPMS to register and reset the light.
2) The TPMS system is broken on one or more of your tires.
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3) You didn't use a cover sheet on your TPMS report.





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JoshBot wrote:
2) The TPMS system is broken on one or more of your tires.



Most likely this.

And - good news! It's expensive and not covered by warranty (which is why most people simply put a piece of black tape on the glass to cover the light).
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4) The light is actually doing its job and you have a nail in your tire.

When you say you adjusted the pressure, does that mean you put air in the tires, or did you take it to Les Schwab or some such tire place and have them look at it?

My light comes on every 3-6 months and there is always a nail in my tire. Dern kids!
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Lemur wrote:
JoshBot wrote:
2) The TPMS system is broken on one or more of your tires.



Most likely this.

And - good news! It's expensive and not covered by warranty (which is why most people simply put a piece of black tape on the glass to cover the light).

Yep, I had to get a sensor in one of my tires replaces because it went bad.
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tickmanfan wrote:
Lemur wrote:
JoshBot wrote:
2) The TPMS system is broken on one or more of your tires.



Most likely this.

And - good news! It's expensive and not covered by warranty (which is why most people simply put a piece of black tape on the glass to cover the light).

Yep, I had to get a sensor in one of my tires replaces because it went bad.

Hmm, well that's unfortunate.

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4) The light is actually doing its job and you have a nail in your tire.

When you say you adjusted the pressure, does that mean you put air in the tires, or did you take it to Les Schwab or some such tire place and have them look at it?

I mean I put the correct amount of air in my tires given their size.

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My light comes on every 3-6 months and there is always a nail in my tire. Dern kids!

It's possible there's a nail in one of them, I'll check it out. I need new tires anyway, I just didn't want to have to replace them so soon. Is it actually kids doing this? I've only ever seen nails precariously found in tires by auto mechanics who I assumed were trying to make an extra buck.

I looked and didn't see a nail, but if there is one in there, the volume is disrupted, which would definitely cause some problems. If it doesn't turn off soon, I'll get it checked out.
 
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I was going to say maybe because it's really cold, like under 20F. But you're in Florida, so that's not it.
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wifwendell wrote:
I was going to say maybe because it's really cold, like under 20F. But you're in Florida, so that's not it.

Yeah, that's definitely not it.
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The one on my car needs to be manually reset sometimes. I don't think that manual reset is common on these systems but be sure to check your owners manual.
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On my car a bad technician from a cheap auto shop broke the sensor. I have since replaced all four tires, but the light has never gone off.
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Lemur wrote:
JoshBot wrote:
2) The TPMS system is broken on one or more of your tires.



Most likely this.

And - good news! It's expensive and not covered by warranty (which is why most people simply put a piece of black tape on the glass to cover the light).


Mine does this all the time, and I agree this is the more likely scenario. If I cycle through the options, it will say it has no air in it....but it does...and then it goes off for a day and registers it right....and then it is on again. I know its more fuss to fix on a car with almost 100,000 miles on it, so I just ignore it.
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Happened to me recently. I'd fill the tires but the pressure wouldn't stay up for long. Took the truck in - the bead around two tires was leaking.

Fix cost me $26.25
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Carl,
I work at a tire shop and deal with this every day. See the geekmail I sent.
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My car is at 70,000 and the tire pressure light blinks at startup - something needs replacing. One of the sensors was in a tire that was leaking so I had it removed. It just means I have to drive like it's the 20th century, and check my pressure with a gauge.
 
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I have heard (and experienced) numerous stories about how asinine those sensors are. They really never work properly, and are always giving false "low pressure" readings: basically crying wolf so that you ignore it, even the tire really does need a shot of air.

Best "fix" I've heard of is to drive a nail through the dash and into the indicator light so that it never bothers you again. Of course this means you'll have to be more aware of how your vehicle is handling, and pull over and visually inspect the tire if something a bit odd seems to be happening...



 
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My car doesn't have that indicator. I like to think that it means that my tires never need to be inflated.
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Check the air pressure in your spare tire.
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I've had that same indicator on my dashboard for several months. It happens from time to time, usually following our first cold spell. I put air in the tires just to be sure, but the indicator didn't stop. The next time I take it into the shop, I'll ask them about it and I'm sure they'll find it's a faulty signal like before and turn it off.
 
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Gambiteer wrote:

3) You didn't use a cover sheet on your TPMS report.





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It wants you to upgrade to VIMS.

If anybody gets that very obscure reference I will be so impressed that I'll tip them 20gg.
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Vehicle Information Management System?
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These TPMS lights are the weakest link. I once had it come on and stay on after filling my gas tank (and yep, I checked the air pressure and all was good). The guy at the auto place said that's not unusual.

Visual inspection plus using the air pressure gauge I keep in the glove compartment is the only way to be sure...
 
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Lemur wrote:
Vehicle Information Management System?
Good guess, but no. Hint: the T in the TPMS that I am referring to is not for tyre (by any spelling).
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Shadowen wrote:
Check the air pressure in your spare tire.


I think I heard the car talk guys cover this once.
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