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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

I think that I have read somewhere in this forum a while ago how the TPMS is reset at the service department, but I can't find the information now. I am curious to know if the tech has a faster alternate technique to the time consuming multi-step procedure described in the manual. Every time I bring my car in for a tire rotation, I remind the service rep to reset the TPMS, but so far the shop has neglected to follow through. In fact, the last two visits I voiced my annoyance at the prior omission of this procedure and had been assured that it would actually be done, but still no luck. If the tech has to perform the same long reset procedure that we do at home, I can understand why there has been so much resistance to providing the service. If there is a much simpler way for the tech to reset the TPMS, then I see no reason other than contempt of the supervisor or customer to neglect to perform the requested service.

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

There is a much simpler way - even my local Big 10 tire shop has the ability to do in a few seconds & does so... His shop is only a couple blocks away, so I take the E there for tire rotations rather than drive 20 miles to my dealer...

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

Really!? Then why won't my dealer reset my TPMS!? I think it may be time to find another Buick dealer for service.

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

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Really!? Then why won't my dealer reset my TPMS!? I think it may be time to find another Buick dealer for service.
Seriously...

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

They have a tool to do it.
I belieave they can use their Tech scan tool...

On m 07 Impala I tried to manually reset after I rotated tires... no go... I mean 60 something tries (over 2 weeks or so)...
at which point I got annoyed and took it to the dealer. I was charged $18.... but finally corrected.
Do a search online for TPMS reset tool.... some are pricey...but many shops have to buy them.
If they rotate the tires--- then they should reset the TPMS....

For me- I was jus t tired of trying to reset--- and tired of the light coming up.

But dealer can do it


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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

My dealer agrees to reset the TPMS each time I request it, but they never actually do it. So strange, especially since it seems like a quick procedure. I would offer to pay a small fee, but if they wanted to charge me they would have informed me. I just think that they do not want to be bothered for some reason.

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

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My dealer agrees to reset the TPMS each time I request it, but they never actually do it. So strange, especially since it seems like a quick procedure. I would offer to pay a small fee, but if they wanted to charge me they would have informed me. I just think that they do not want to be bothered for some reason.
I'd block their shop door until they proved it'd been done... I mean this procedure is faster than talking about it!

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

Maybe I will give them one more chance, but will be armed with information that I am aware of the tool that they use to easily reset the TPMS. If they still do not perform the reset, I will assume that they do not want my business, and I will go to another dealer.

BTW, I finally found the thread regarding the TPMS reset tool at the dealership:

http://www.enclaveforum.net/index.ph...66315#msg66315

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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

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Most tire shops (including dealers have a tool that they scan the tire pressure sensors located inside the tire.

Read about TPMS at this site: http://www.bartecusa.com/tpms_replacement.htm

Or you can do it yourself in about 10 minutes:

1. Set the parking brake.
2. Turn the ignition switch to ON/RUN with the engine off.
3. Press the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter’s
LOCK and UNLOCK buttons at the same time for
approximately five seconds. The horn sounds twice
to signal the receiver is in relearn mode and TIRE
LEARNING ACTIVE message displays on the DIC
screen.
4. Start with the driver side front tire.
5. Remove the valve cap from the valve cap stem.
Activate the TPMS sensor by increasing or
decreasing the tire’s air pressure for five seconds,
or until a horn chirp sounds. The horn chirp,
which may take up to 30 seconds to sound,
confirms that the sensor identification code has
been matched to this tire and wheel position.
6. Proceed to the passenger side front tire, and repeat
the procedure in Step 5.
7. Proceed to the passenger side rear tire, and repeat
the procedure in Step 5.
8. Proceed to the driver side rear tire, and repeat the
procedure in Step 5. The horn sounds two times
to indicate the sensor identification code has been
matched to the driver side rear tire, and the
TPMS sensor matching process is no longer active.
The TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE message on the
DIC display screen goes off.
9. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK/OFF.
10. Set all four tires to the recommended air pressure
level as indicated on the Tire and Loading
Information label.
11. Put the valve caps back on the valve stems.

Simple, easy and you know its been done.
GoldE never disputed the fact there was a procedure for the owner to reset the System; indeed, he referenced it in his post. I believe his issue.....and that of many other users as well.....is the ultimate reality it's a comparative pain-in-the-a** for the owner to go through it, and most of us are frankly looking for something a little easier (or perhaps a bit more instinctive) to use.

OTOH, the procedure wouldn't bother me quite so much if it were more reliable. From my standpoint, there are just too many intangibles involved to ensure a reliable reset. The fact you have to bleed off pressure for as much as 30 seconds.....while all-the-while waiting/hoping for the horn beep that may never come.....is (IMHO) beyond-weird.

And, I'm not crazy about any procedure requiring me to re-inflate my tires afterward. Beyond the fact I've decided to nurse/maintain my Latitude Tours (for monetary reasons) more proactively than perhaps any other tires I've ever owned, the TPMS reset procedure is one of the main reasons I invested in a portable air compressor pretty much solely for tire inflation purposes.

Then again, I myself could invest in a TPMS programming tool like the following; of course, I've got better things to do with spare C notes these days.

http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=111


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Re: How does the dealer reset the TPMS?

Pretty much agree, but the procedure outlined in the manual is, imho, unacceptable even if 100% effective & repeatable... Smacks of the care necessary to mix a potent witch's brew...

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