You love your Honda vehicle! Legendary reliability, comfort, and technology are all part of the show, but lately, your tire pressure light has come on. Your Honda vehicle's tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is a sophisticated piece of equipment that's there to alert you to an issue before a bigger problem arises. Most of us know that, but many of us also want to know how to perform a Honda TPMS reset when needed. To do that, let's get an overview of the system operation so you can better understand what might be causing the light in the first place. And yes, this system is similar whether you drive the Honda Accord or any other late-model Honda. Don't worry. We'll reference some steps for earlier models, too!
User-friendliness is one of the core values behind the Honda brand. You can rest assured that when it comes to a fault with your TPMS, Honda has made sure that you can handle most situations through the vehicle's onboard equipment. So let's get to know the system a little better, shall we?
You’re at cruising altitude in your Honda Pilot, and that funny-looking yellow icon has illuminated. So what happened? Each tire is fitted with a genuine Honda TPMS sensor. One in each tire (including your spare in some models) makes for a total of five sensors. If air pressure has fallen out of a specified range, the sensor sends a signal to the vehicle's diagnostic computer. Then, the diagnostic computer sends the notification to you via the TPMS light. Honda has ensured that all drivers will be able to see this alert through the careful placement of an indicator on the dash.
Now what? Your sensor picked up a fault, the diagnostic computer knows about it, and so do you. The next step is a quick visual inspection of your tires to ensure there's no damage or punctures. Low tire pressure is most commonly resolved by filling up the tire (or tires) to the specified pressure, and the fault will clear itself (usually within the first drive cycle).
Yes! You did it!
But wait. The TPMS light just came back on. What does that mean? Have the TPMS Honda goblins got the better of you? We think not. It might just be time for a closer look.
As we mentioned, the TPMS system in your Honda vehicle will be similar to others, so this section applies to more models than just the Honda Civic. If your diagnostic computer has seen a TPMS alert more than once, it may have stored what's called a "historic fault." In those instances, the diagnostic computer is saying, "Ok, so you filled up with air, great. But you did that last month, too. Take a closer look, please, and make sure nothing else is going on. Then, please erase my memory so I can focus on other things." In other words, erasing your diagnostic computer's memory is called recalibration. Here's how to do it:
This method involves using the buttons available on your steering wheel so that you can scroll through your menu on the driver’s information center or instrument pack.
If your model is equipped with a dedicated TPMS reset button, you’ll find it to the LEFT of the steering wheel. Press and hold, allowing the warning light to blink twice. Then, call it a job well done! TPMS Honda Ridgeline knowledge: CHECK. TPMS Honda Accord knowledge: CHECK. TPMS Honda CR-V knowledge: CHECK! Mr. & Mrs. Honda Know-It-All: DOUBLE CHECK!
If you find that your TPMS light persists after trying out this recalibration sequence, the issue is more involved than just clearing faults and restoring tire pressure. You may have a damaged sensor or sensor wiring (and don't forget to check your spare)! We're always here to help if you need us. Our service department is ready for you any time.
Muller Honda is proud to offer easy-to-use Honda vehicles like the Honda CR-V - stylish, capable, and connected to today's modern reality. You'll love every mile you spend behind the wheel of your reliable Honda vehicle, no matter what era it's from. When you need some assistance, the service team at Muller Honda has seen and done it all. You'll have a great experience with our service team that will help erase any ill-begotten, historic TPMS faults from your memory.