I posted last week or so about my 2010 Honda Civic EX coupe having been
vandalized--they ripped off the tires and wheels, taking everything down
to the rotors.
I finally got it back from the body shop yesterday. But the TPMS light
keeps coming on. The body shop mechanic thought he fixed it. But now
that I drove the car a few hours, it has come on again.
Any ideas? Could a sensor be faulty?
-- Steven L.
Forgive me for questioning what may be obvious
1) did you or the technician calibrate/reset the TPMS system once
2) in MANUALLY checking the tire pressure, is there a marked difference
in the pressure compared with when it was reset and now(when the light
if the answer to #1 is Yes and #2 is no, I think you have your answer.
Sensor is likely faulty or improperly installed. What else changed
since it was working? Nothing. Tires, wheels and sensor gone. Tire,
wheels and defective sensor returned.<g>
You made a mistake in failing to bring the vehicle to a Honda dealership
for both body and hardware repairs.
I'm assuming this is the "TPMS" light that's on, and not the "Low
Tire-Pressure Warning" light. If so, the new tire-pressure sensors still
need to be "learned" and recognized by the car's TPMS computer. This can
ONLY be done at the dealer, and only with the TPMS Sensor Tool in
conjunction with the usual HDS diag tool.
If the TPMS computer cannot recognize all four of the car's tire-pressure
sensors, it will assume there are missing sensors, and will illuminate the
TPMS light. The TPMS sensors only activate once the vehicle reaches 25mph,
so you won't get a TPMS light until the car has been driven for a bit.
The TPMS "learn" service should be covered under your insurance, just like
the body repair.
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