Not only Subaru but also most other modern vehicles like cars, trucks, and SUVs come with tire pressure lights to provide pressure data of tires. To indicate different situations, the TPMS light can blink, stop giving warnings or even remain ON continuously.
Subaru tire pressure light blinking means the sensor is not getting enough data or the pressure inside the tire is not accurate. Generally, it blinks in a regular manner like a flash for 1 second and then goes off for 3 seconds. This is a programmed function to provide a warning that you should check the pressure as well as the sensor.
Here in this article, I’ll explain when and why you’ll see the subaru tire pressure light flashing/blinking and what to do in this situation. So, keep reading to the last.
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What does the blinking tire pressure light subaru mean?
A tire pressure light is provided to notify about the pressure condition of tires. There must be a recommended pressure quantity for each vehicle’s tire to get optimum performance from them.
However, if the sensor gets inaccurate data or the system is faulty, it’ll start blinking to give you a warning. This can indicate any of the following situations.
The tire is under or over-inflated. So, you must check the tire pressure with a pressure gauge without delay. If you see any imperfections, go to the nearest shop and refill the tires. Then check the light whether it’s still blinking or not.
Sometimes you may notice that the pressure is okay but still, the Subaru tire pressure light is blinking.
What’s the mystery here? Well, that’s because the TPMS is not working properly. Maybe the sensor is faulty or not capable of providing accurate data. That’s why it warns by blinking in a regular manner.
If the tires have any leakage and the air is blowing out, the pressure also decreases continuously. In that case, you may also see blinking TPMS lights in Subaru vehicles.
However, after starting the car, the TPMS can blink for one or two seconds and then turn off for three seconds. That is an indication that the sensor is getting ready. But it should stop after a while. If not, then check the pressure and or reset TPMS.
Can I drive with the tire pressure light blinking?
Though the light may blink for some time just after starting the engine, it’s not recommended to drive when the Subaru tire pressure light is blinking continuously.
The continuous blinking indicates that the tire pressure is not okay or the whole TPMS is faulty. In that case, the transmitted data from the sensor gets interrupted and that’s why the TPMS gives a warning by blinking the light. Another thing that may cause it is inaccurate pressure inside tires.
No matter which is the case, driving with a flashing TPMS light means neglecting the situation. And undoubtedly it can lead to blowouts or even accidents.
How do I reset the subaru forester tire pressure light?
Depending on different vehicles, there are several different methods to reset TPMS sensors. The issue of the flashing or blinking light of the tire sensor can be solved by resetting it too.
So, it’s important to know the methods, and here below is all you need to know about this.
#1- Deflate all tires:
When you deflate the tires completely, the sensors get deactivated automatically. So, the next time you inflate them and start driving, the TPMS will reset itself and the blinking of Subaru’s tire pressure light will also stop.
#2- Turning the dashboard ON:
Another popular method is to turn the Subaru vehicle’s dashboard without turning the engine ON. Then you’ll see the TPMS will start blinking. Then wait about 20 minutes and the TPMS will reset itself within this time.
#3- Driving at a minimum speed:
Each time you start the car and drive it for 30 minutes or more at a minimum speed of 50 mph, the TPMS resets the sensor. So, if the Subaru tire pressure light is blinking after starting the engine, don’t worry. Drive for some time and it should go off.
Well, I should mention that these are all different methods and you must know which one is appropriate for your particular vehicle. Read the user guide to be sure about this.
Why is TPMS used in tires?
TPMS stands for “Tire pressure monitoring system”. This is a modern technology that is used in almost all modern cars, trucks, and SUVs to indicate the pressure condition of tires.
Under or over-inflated tires can lead to severe accidents or damage to tires. For example, under-inflated tires can cause less stability, and control and reduce the braking capability. On the other hand, over-inflated tires increase the wear rate of tires, which eventually results in blowouts.
So, to avoid these circumstances, TPMS is used inside tires. The sensor incorporated in it sends continuous data about the tire pressure to the car dashboard. That’s why, y
You can easily track the pressure of each tire and if any anomaly is seen, you can take immediate action to overcome it.
frequently asked questions (FAQs)
The Subaru TPMS reset button is located under the steering wheel. Anyways, if you don’t see the button there, check the owner’s manual to be sure about the location of this button.
Generally, TPMS batteries last for 5 to 10 years. Proper maintenance and regular driving affect the lifespan of the TPMS battery.
Though it depends on the type and model of vehicles that you own, on average replacing a TPMS battery can cost between $50 to $120. This cost can vary with the region you are living in and other conditions of the service provider.
Subaru tire pressure light can blink sometimes to indicate errors in tire pressure or the TPMS itself. In these situations, you must check the tire and take the necessary actions to overcome this issue.
There are several ways to reset the TPMS module if it’s giving wrong signs or warnings. Id resetting doesn’t solve the problem, maybe the TPMS is damaged and needs to be replaced.
In that case, consult with a professional mechanic and ask for the cost before taking any services.
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