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Automotive Column 13 Low Tire Sensors

Automotive Column 13 Low Tire Sensors

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Pssst. Remember that sound the tire gauge used to make when we would check our tires on a regular basis? Well we still do here at Under The Hood but some people have stopped since the advent of tire pressure monitors. It's very important to continue to check the pressures even with the system.



Daily Car Repair and Advice Tips Question 13 Tire Pressure Monitors

Dear Motor Medics,
 I have a 2003 Chevy suburban with 200,000 miles on it but it runs and looks great! No really…I’m serious. I want to know is about the tire pressure monitors and if I can reset them at home. The owner’s manual says I can. I service the vehicle regularly and they charge me for resetting the monitor every time I have the tires rotated but the rotation is free with the oil change.

Love the show! Myron in Kansas City Missouri

Dear Myron,
 Tire pressure monitors on this vehicle can be reset at home without special tools but not all vehicles are this way so you will have to spend the money in some cases. To reset the monitors on this vehicle is relatively simple. When the tires have changed positions i.e rotating, a relearn must be done. Start by applying the parking brake, next turn the key to the on position then turn the headlamp switch from off to park lamp three times within five seconds of key on and the horn will beep twice. Now you have to decrease the tire pressure starting with the driver’s side front tire until the horn beeps. Move to the passenger side front tire then the passenger rear tire and last the drivers rear tire. When you are done with the last tire turn the key off and inflate the tires to the correct pressure. It gets easier once you have done it once.

Take care, the Motor Medics

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