How to Reset the Tire Pressure Light

February 5th, 2019 by

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There may be times when the tire pressure light stays on, even though you have properly inflated the tires. But don’t worry, it’s relatively easy to reset the tire pressure light! Remember that the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an important safety feature on your Dodge or Ram, so you need to take care to ensure that it is operating correctly. Experiencing a flat tire or a blow-out on the roads in and around Watsonville is no fun. If it seems that the light is coming on randomly, it’s a good idea to have it checked out by the expert auto techs in the service center at Santa Cruz Dodge Ram.

Resetting Your Tire Pressure Light

The tire pressure light should turn off automatically once you have put the correct amount of air into your tires, but if it remains on, here are a few things you can do:

  • With the ignition off, turn the key to the “On” position, without starting the car. Press the TPMS reset button, hold it down until the tire pressure light blinks three times, and then release it. Start the car, and let the engine run for 20 minutes to reset the sensor.
  • Get on the highway and drive for 10 minutes at 50 mph or higher. This will usually work to reset the sensor the next time you turn on the car.

These next two methods are a bit more involved:

  • Inflate all tires to 3 PSI over the recommended amount, then deflate them completely. If the spare tire has a sensor, make sure to deflate it as well. Once the air has been removed from all tires, reinflate them to the recommended tire pressure.
  • With the vehicle off, disconnect the positive battery cable with a wrench. Turn the car on, and honk the horn for about three seconds to discharge any power still stored in the vehicle. Then reconnect the battery.

What Does It Mean When the Tire Pressure Light is Flashing?

If your tire pressure light is flashing, it could indicate that either the sensor battery needs to be replaced or that the sensor itself is malfunctioning. You should schedule a service appointment at Santa Cruz Dodge Ram near Scotts Valley as soon as possible so that we can fix the problem and get you safely back on the road.

Visit Santa Cruz Dodge Ram Today

Dealing with a TPMS light that isn’t working right can be vexing, and the best and easiest solution is to visit the professionals at Santa Cruz Dodge Ram. Our state-of-the-art service center is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, and our experienced technicians can take care of the problem quickly. Make sure to check out our current service coupons to find some of the best auto care deals in the Capitola area. If you have any questions about your dashboard warning lights or any other maintenance or repair issues, please feel free to contact us. For even more, check out our guide to tire tread depth and then take a look at our guide to used car leasing.

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