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BMW Tire Pressure Monitoring

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

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Talent:

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Tools:

Tire pressure gauge

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

TPM sensor if needed

Hot Tip:

Follow steps for resetting closely.

Performance Gain:

Remedy tire pressure warning lights

Complementary Modification:

Adjust and correct tire pressure
Tire pressure warning light on? This tech article explains how the system works and how to reset it.
A rubber, flexible valve stem utilizes wheel speed.
Figure 1

A rubber, flexible valve stem utilizes wheel speed.

The tire pressure information is used to notify you of a low tire pressure condition.
Figure 2

A solid aluminum stem that has a nut on the base is a TPMS sensor system The tire pressure information is used to notify you of a low tire pressure condition. If a tire loses pressure, a warning lamp is illuminated in the instrument cluster and a warning chime sounds. This is a very helpful system. If you have a tire puncture and are losing air, you will be notified, therefore allowing you to immediately pull over and reduce the damage to the tire. Any time you have a warning message related to tire pressure, immediately pull over and check all four tire pressures. If you had a low tire and repaired the problem, you will have to reset the tire pressure monitoring system. This can be done easily using the turn signal stalk or through your iDrive menu, if equipped. When checking air pressure, always use a plastic valve stem cap. A metal one can seize onto the TPM sensor and damage it. This applies to TPMS sensor equipped vehicles.

Tire pressure information for your vehicle is located in the driver door jamb on the label shown in this photo.
Figure 3

Tire pressure information for your vehicle is located in the driver door jamb on the label shown in this photo. Resetting the TPMS system using the turn signal stalk Read the entire procedure before beginning. Once read, it will be easier to follow the steps. Start your engine but keep vehicle in Park.

Using the buttons on the turn signal level.
Figure 4

Using the buttons on the turn signal level. Use the rocker button (green arrow) to scroll through instrument cluster until you reach the TPMS RESET menu.

Once you get to the RESET screen, press the BC button on the end of the turn signal stalk once to select the RESET function.
Figure 5

Once you get to the RESET screen, press the BC button on the end of the turn signal stalk once to select the RESET function. (green arrow)

Then press and hold the BC button for about 5 seconds until a small check mark appears next to the RESET symbol.
Figure 6

Then press and hold the BC button for about 5 seconds until a small check mark appears next to the RESET symbol. Once the check mark appears, drive you vehicle to reset the system If the system will not reset, check the TPMS system for fault codes using a BMW scan too. Resetting the TPMS system using the iDrive menu Read the entire procedure before beginning. Once read, it will be easier to follow the steps. Start your engine but keep vehicle in Park.

Press iDrive menu (green arrow) button, then press iDrive controller down (yellow arrow) to select setting menu.
Figure 7

Press iDrive menu (green arrow) button, then press iDrive controller down (yellow arrow) to select setting menu.

Scroll to vehicle tires, then press down to select.
Figure 8

Scroll to vehicle tires, then press down to select. (green arrows) On tire menu, scroll to select reset, then choose YES by pressing iDrive button. Once button is pressed to select YES, drive your vehicle to reset the system If the system will not reset, check the TPMS system for fault codes using a BMW scan tool.

Comments and Suggestions:
Jeff Comments: I too swap out seasonal tires on separate rims for Winter and Summer driving. I would like to permanently remove low tire pressure warning light. I really don't need this, as I regularly check my tire pressure. Does anyone have a solution?
August 29, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No way to remove it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Igo160swiftly Comments: I replaced the central module and all 4 tires sensors. It worked for about 5 minutes. I plugged in the module and it said right rear was low. Started to drive to station to fix it, by the time i got there...Inactive. hasn't worked right since. I need a drink, Any ideas?
May 1, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a wiring issue or faulty module. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Do It To Yourselfer Comments: I have an 2007 E92 335i - if I have to replace a TPMS sensor do I need to do any reprogramming or will the vehicle "automatically" relearn the new sensor ? One of your responses above indicated the sensors needed to be "trained to the vehicle" and I'm looking for more info on exactly what that involves.

If re-programming is required as it seems from your previous response is it something that can be done by a typical/advanced do it yourselfer - or is it something that requires special tools / software that only a dealer / specialty tire shop would have ?

And just wanted to say THANK YOU for posting these tech tips - I've read through many of them and they are very useful !!!
April 14, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: To learn new sensors, you will need to reset via the iDrive of the stalk. Some models will struggle and require software update, depending on the wheel electronics. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ray Comments: HI every body
I thank you for the prompt response.
On october 17, 2016 I ask a question about TPMS for my bmw 320i xdrine 2016 with mag wheels. I bought 4 steel wheels for my winter tires. I am wondering if the tpms system will work.
I am so sorry but I forgot to tell you that this BMW has been bought in CANADA. And all the BMW sold in CANADA do not have TPMS. The tire inflation is monitored by the ABS system.
Again I am sorry about this omission.
Thank you in advance
October 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Then yes, if it is FTM not TPMS, the wheel speed sensors monitor wheel rotation, it will work the same with different wheels. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ray Comments: HI, everybody. I bought a bmw 320i xdrine 2016 with mag wheels. I bought 4 steel wheels for my winter tires. I am wondering if the tpms system will work.
Thank you in advance

Ray
October 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. You will need sensors on the new wheels and the sensors trained to the vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Aggro Comments: GUYS HELP PLEASE! I DO NOT HAVE A RESET OPTION IN MY 2007 325i E92! I AN TRYING TO RESET THE TYRE PRESSURE LIGHT BUT I COULDNT FIND THE RESET OPTION!
September 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's either in the driver info display or iDrive controls, as shown. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Abudo Comments: What of the tire pressure is good but still the warning light comes on
July 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have an issue with a sensor or the system. Check for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
KB Comments: MY TIRE PRESSURE LIGHT COMES ON EVERY OTHER DAY, I HAVE TO PUT AIR IN THE TIRE I JUST HAD PUT ON.LEFT REAR NOW ITS TRIGGERING THE LEFT FRONT TIRE TO LOOSE AIR. U HAVE ANY IDEAS.PUT AIR IN TIRES AND I REST THE AIR SYSTEM IN THE DASH
November 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you have to add air, that is why the light is on. I would have the tires checked for leaks. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
barry Comments: Can I buy a repair manual for 2009 E92 M3 coupe?
September 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Fred Comments: Can you tell me where the RDC antenna is located on the 2007 E90? 4 transmitters are on the fender liner.
January 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe there is one in each wheel well, behind the plastic liner. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nyamza Comments: My starter first gives click sounds and I have to reeat trying to crank the engine.what could be the problem. Bmw E90 2006. Starter problems
December 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a bad starter, battery or faulty connection. Start by performing a voltage drop test on the starting system. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nyamza Comments: I suspect my fuel tank has lots of water. How can I take out the fuel tank itself so as to thoroughly remove water in it. Thanks. E90 bmw 2006. Step by step of tank removal from the car
December 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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