The Necessary Evil
Join Date: Aug 2006
(Sorry, some of this is paraphrased…the Owners manual does get wordy)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
This system uses wireless technology with wheel rim electronic sensors, mounted to each wheel as part of the valve stem, transmit tire pressure readings to the Receiver Module. The wheel sensors monitor tire pressure and status for four active road tires.
The TPMS consists of the following components:
Wheel Sensors (attached to each wheel through the valve stem hole)
Wheel Sensor Trigger Modules (mounted in three of the four wheel wells)
Various Tire Pressure Monitoring System Messages, which display in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)
Yellow Tire Pressure Monitoring Telltale Light.
The TPMS has been optimized for the original equipment tires and wheels. TPMS pressures and warnings have been established for the tire size equipped on your vehicle. Undesirable system operation or sensor damage may result when using replacement equipment that is not the same size, type, and/or style. Aftermarket wheels can cause sensor damage. Do not use tire sealant from a can, or balance beads if your vehicle is equipped with a TPMS, as damage to the sensors may result.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Low Pressure Warning
The Tire Pressure Monitoring Telltale Light is located in the instrument cluster. The light will illuminate and an audible chime will sound when one or more of the tires on your vehicle are significantly under inflated. The audible chime will sound once every ignition cycle for each condition that it detects.
When the appropriate conditions exist, the EVIC displays the following message:
(sorry, I can’t type the image but it says PSI, LOW TIRE, and has the read out for each tire)
Should this occur, you should stop as soon as possible, check the inflation of each tire on your vehicle, and inflate each tire to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacture. Once the proper tire pressure is set, the TPMS warning will reset automatically after driving the vehicle for at least 2 minutes at or above 15 mph.
After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure, always reinstall the valve stem cap. This will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the valve stem, which could damage the sensor.
The TPMS monitors the four active road tires on the vehicle, and can inform the driver of a low tire pressure condition, including low temperature effects.
(check pressure monthly)
The TPMS does not monitor the temporary spare
Should not be used as a tire pressure gauge.
Under inflation can cause the tire(s) to over heat.
Not intended to replace normal tire maintenance.
Check TPM System Message
The TPMS Telltale Light will flash on and off for 60 seconds and an audible chime will sound when a system fault is detected. The flash cycle will repeat every ten minutes, with out the chime until the fault condition no longer exists.
The EVIC will display the CHECK TPM SYSTEM message for 3 seconds. In addition, a graphic will be displayed indicating which of the TPM Sensor(s) is not being received.
If the ignition is cycled, this sequence will repeat, unless corrected.
Tire Rotation Recommendations.
No information concerning sensors.
Neither did I find anything in the EVIC “Personal Settings “ that would turn this off for off the road tires like they say were used out on the Oregon beach videos. Maybe Check TPM System Message covers that.
Last edited by Gramps; 08-14-2006 at 04:49 PM.