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Pelican Technical Article:

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Tire pressure gauge

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

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

MINI R56 models utilize an electronic system to monitor the pressure in your tires. This is due to regulations by the US government and updated safety standards.

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 through your info display in your tachometer or through the iDrive menu.

When checking air pressure, make sure you use a plastic valve stem cap. A metal one can seize onto the TPM sensor and damage it. This applies to TPM sensor equipped vehicles.

In the sensor style TPM system, tire pressure is measured directly using an antenna mounted in each wheel. This antenna communicates with a centralized module via separate receiving antennas located near each wheel.

The easiest way to tell the systems apart is the style of valve stem you have.

If the tire pressure warning light illuminates (red arrow) in your iDrive or instrument cluster, pull over immediately and check tire pressure on all tires.
Figure 1

If the tire pressure warning light illuminates (red arrow) in your iDrive or instrument cluster, pull over immediately and check tire pressure on all tires. Do not use a visual check, as run-on flat tires may appear to have adequate pressure. 

Tire pressure information for your vehicle is located in the driver doorjamb on the tire info label (red arrow) shown in this photo.
Figure 2

Tire pressure information for your vehicle is located in the driver doorjamb on the tire info label (red arrow) shown in this photo. There is also a label mentioning higher speed requiring different tire pressures (green arrow) and a label noting to reset your TPM system when adjusting tire pressure (yellow arrow).

A TPM sensor can be identified by a solid aluminum stem (green arrow) that has a nut on the base.
Figure 3

A TPM sensor can be identified by a solid aluminum stem (green arrow) that has a nut on the base. Note the plastic cap (red arrow) with additional system notes.

Each wheel is monitored by an antenna (red arrow) located in the wheel well.
Figure 4

Each wheel is monitored by an antenna (red arrow) located in the wheel well. Shown here is the left rear wheel antenna, located in front of the rear wheel.

Resetting using info display: Read the entire procedure before beginning.
Figure 5

Resetting using info display: Read the entire procedure before beginning. Once read, it will be easier to follow the steps. Start your engine but keep the vehicle in Park. Press the BC button (green arrow) until SET / INFO is displayed in the tachometer (red arrow).

Resetting using info display: Then, press and hold the BC button until the display changes.
Figure 6

Resetting using info display: Then, press and hold the BC button until the display changes.

Resetting using info display: Toggle through the menu using the BC button until ACTIVE RESET is displayed.
Figure 7

Resetting using info display: Toggle through the menu using the BC button until ACTIVE RESET is displayed. Press and hold the BC button until the screen changes to RESET. Drive the vehicle. The reset procedure is active and completed while driving.

Resetting using iDrive: Toggle through the iDrive menu to Vehicle / Tires (red arrow) and select this option.
Figure 8

Resetting using iDrive: Toggle through the iDrive menu to Vehicle / Tires (red arrow) and select this option.

Resetting using iDrive: Select Reset on the next screen (red arrow).
Figure 9

Resetting using iDrive: Select Reset on the next screen (red arrow). Note: TPMS is active on my subject vehicle and does not require a reset, noted by green tires. An uncolored tire would represent an issue with an individual tire, or if all have no color a reset is in progress.

Resetting using iDrive: On the TPM menu, scroll to select YES reset TPM (red arrow).
Figure 10

Resetting using iDrive: On the TPM menu, scroll to select YES reset TPM (red arrow).

Resetting using iDrive: Once the button is pressed to select YES, drive your vehicle to reset the system.
Figure 11

Resetting using iDrive: Once the 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.

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Comments and Suggestions:
wswilburn Comments: I have a 2008 Cooper S that is showing 'inactive' for the TPMS. I've used an Autel tool to activate all four sensors and they read OK. I don't see any codes, but not sure my reader would see TPMS codes. I'm thinking about replacing the central antenna not the per wheel transmitter located in each wheel well. Others have reported failures of this part. I can't however find where it is located. Any clues?
July 16, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Best bet is to read fault codes. You could have a faulty sensor in a wheel. A MINI scan tool should show all the sensors as well as display faults.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
KH Comments: I installed new wheels and reset TPMS as described above. The system went to 'active' state, but about a day later, every time I start the car it shows the Tire warning icon on the tachometer when shutting off engine, and a warning triangle next to the trip meter at all times, but the TPMS light on the speedometer remains off. Anybody know what's wrong?
June 23, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Possible faulty sensor. You will need to check fault codes to see which sensor is reading low or offline. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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