How to Calibrate the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?

TPMS Settings Honda Insight

When it comes to routine vehicle maintenance, one area is often overlooked. That area is the air pressure of your tires. It's important to keep your tires properly inflated to the manufacturer's recommended level. The wrong air pressure can make your vehicle less efficient and cost you more at the gas pump. More importantly, this can become a safety issue as the wrong pressure may cause a blowout.

Fortunately, many modern cars now include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS for short. This system monitors the tires as you drive and provides a warning when the pressure drops below a safe level. We'll take a look at how to make sure your TPMS is calibrated and properly working.

It's first worth noting how often you should check your tire pressure. It should be checked about once per month. This is especially true during extreme cold or hot weather. The outside temperature has an effect on the air pressure within your tires. If it's low, or if you discover it is off after a warning from your vehicle, be sure to match the pressure with the numbers indicated on the tire itself. There should also be a number located on the door jam of the driver's side of your vehicle.

Tire Pressure Sensors

The TPMS should be calibrated every time you inflate or rotate your tires. If you change tires, it should be re-calibrated as well. To begin the calibration process, you need to press the TPMS button located near the steering column. Hold the button down until the indicator light blinks twice. At this point, you must drive for approximately a half hour to complete the process. Driving speeds should be between 30 to 60 miles-per-hour.

Depending on your vehicle model, you may be able to access the calibration function in a couple of extra ways. If you have a touchscreen display, go to "settings," then select "TPMS Calibration". If the vehicle has a multi-information display, you can access the calibration feature from the controls on your steering wheel. There should be buttons labeled "SEL" and "RESET" as well as up and down buttons. Use these to maneuver through the options until you get to "Vehicle Settings." From there, you should see "TPMS Calibration".

Once you select the calibration to begin, proceed to drive the vehicle as previously instructed. After the time, mileage and speeds have been met, the system will be calibrated. If will now be able to accurately give you a warning when the tire pressure drops below a safe level. By checking the tire pressure regularly and always remembering to calibrate the TPMS, you'll be a lot safer while out on the road.

For more information on the TPMS, call or visit our service center at Showcase Honda in Phoenix.

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