Vehicles from the popular brand Honda come with a tire pressure monitoring system, generally known as TPMS. This module observes the pressure condition inside tires and provides a warning by illuminating the dashboard light when necessary.
When the battery is low or the sensor is damaged, the pressure reading from the sensor can’t be passed to the electrical control unit (ECU). As a result, the light gets the wrong signals and can remain on.
Well, how can you solve the problem for your Honda? Don’t worry because this article is going to give you an in-depth idea about all these.
How do you know if your TPMS sensor is bad on my Honda?
According to the user manual of Honda, if there are any issues with the TPMS, the warning light will start flashing for one minute. And then it will remain on. This indicates that the sensor or the whole module is not working properly or not getting correct signals from the tires.
There are several reasons behind a TPMS sensor that is not working properly. It may cause due to replacing tires or wheels with a new ones. In that case, the TPMS won’t be connected properly with the new tires and will cause malfunction.
So, always check whether the TPMS is working properly or not each time you change or replace any tires.
How do you test TPMS on Honda?
In some models of Honda, there is a reset button to test or calibrate the TPMS. In these models, it’s very easy to reset the TPMS. Later in this article, I’ll explain that steps.
Now, let’s focus on how you can test TPMS on vehicles with the audio-visual driving interface or simply a car dashboard. In these vehicles, you have to select the correct menu and command to start the calibration process. Let’s see how.
- First, scroll down to the vehicle settings where you’ll find the TPMS calibration option.
- Select start calibration and wait till it is done.
- Start the car and see whether the light works normally or not.
This process is for those vehicles where there is no physical reset button. However, if there is a button, the process of calibrating TPMS becomes super easy. So, let’s see how to do this.
How do you clear the TPMS light on Honda?
Resetting or clearing the TPMS light on Honda is quite easy. All you have to do is to follow some steps and it’ll be all done. The steps are described below.
- Turn on the car key without starting the engine.
- Under the steering wheel, you can see the reset button for TPMS.
- Press the button and wait until the TPMS light blinks twice. It means the calibration has started.
- Then release the button and wait for another 20 minutes. Within this time the TPMS will refresh itself and the light should go off when you start driving next time.
Well, a short reminder is that, even after resetting the TPMS, if the light is still blinking, it’s better to check tire pressure with a gauge again before deciding to change the TPMS or battery.
What is the calibration method of Honda TPMS by driving?
You can also calibrate or reset the TPMS of Honda by driving the vehicle. In that case, you must maintain a certain speed.
After checking the tire pressure and starting the car engine, start driving the vehicle at a speed of 48-102 km for about 30 minutes.
Then you’ll see the light blinking two or three times and then goes off. That means the resetting is done.
Sometimes, only a reset or recharging of the battery can solve the problem. If not, replacing the whole TPMS may be necessary. And undoubtedly, this will cost both money and time.
Are TPMS on Honda easily get damaged?
Though the TPMS sensors are located inside the tire wheel, on the upper side of the rim, there is no such thing as it can get damaged easily.
Rather, a TPMS sensor can last for about 5 to 10 years. However, since the size, shape and build quality of the sensors can vary with different vehicle models, it’s hard to say that every TPMS sensor can last longer.
Generally, in most vehicles, there is no separate battery for TPMS. It gets charged from the main battery of the car. So, the risk of battery damage is not that high.
How can I tell which TPMS sensor is bad?
To check which TPMS sensor is bad, you have to check the car dashboard details. In modern vehicles, the processes are really smart and easy.
Inside the tire pressure menu, there should be details on each tire’s pressure. The tires can be referred to as FR (Front right), FL (Front left), RR (Rare Right), and RL (Rare left).
If you see any warning on the specific tire, this means you need to check the pressure sensor of that particular tire manually. To know the exact steps of doing this, I’ll recommend reading the owner’s manual.
frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Generally, TPMS sensors last for 5 to 10 years maintained properly.
Replacing the TPMS battery can cause something between $50 to $100 depending on the model of your vehicle.
The TPMS light gets on when the pressure inside the tire is 25% below the recommended value.
Due to a nearly dead battery, the TPMS light can show a warning by remaining on. This can even happen when your tire is completely fine. So, you must know why this is happening and how to solve it.
On Honda, after replacing tires the TPMS may not be connected properly with the new tire sensors. In that case, the sensor will fail to send necessary signals to the ECU and thus a malfunction will occurs. As a warning message, the TPMS light will remain on.
Resetting or calibrating the TPMS can solve the issue. Anyway, it is highly recommended to check the tire pressure every time the TPMS shows any type of warning. Otherwise, you may face severe tire damage in the future.
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