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Old 08-08-2012, 08:39 PM
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tire pressure monitor light

Other day, at approx couple of hours past mid day, while i was driving on a normal road at 60Km/hr, I got the tire pressure warning light. I could not feel any tire pressure loss (through steering), stopped the vehicle, and had a walk around. I could not find anything obvious; i strolled to the next available fuel station (which was only few meters away), waited for 15 mins, checked the tire pressure and re-set the monitor. When I was filling the air, again there was no obvious signs. I have since been driving without the light coming up nor loss of tire air pressure.

Has this happened to some one else; is it really a false alarm or am i missing something here?

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:48 PM
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Hi I have the same problem but the light on my car still on I heard that the sensor needs to get change any suggestions

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Old 08-10-2012, 05:09 PM
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Looks like its only two of us that has this issue Jenny !
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:19 PM
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same thing has happened to me since i got a flat....i got a flat and the sensor came on....i got it changed and the place reset the light, ever since the light keeps coming back, i'll reset it before i leave my house than after driving on the highway it will come back on and i cant seem to figure out why my pressures are all good. i have a 2004 x3 and my friend told me i don have tire monitors but than why when i got a flat it told me? and now it keeps coming on...i cant figure it out
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:43 PM
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.....my friend told me i don have tire monitors but than why when i got a flat it told me? ...
Because you and Smashbeem have the earlier (2004 - partial 2006) Flat Tire Monitor system.

It utilizes the ABS sensors to detect a rotational speed discrepancy in one wheel.
That is an indicator that tire must be partially deflated (at least 10 psi down).

Don't know which system Jenny has as she doesn't let on what model year her X3 is.
If it's the later direct TPMS system with a sensor in each tire valve then false alarms are more common with that because of the greater sensitivity.

Haven't heard of false alarms with the FTM, but hopefully it is not a sign that an ABS sensor is on the blink.

The reset procedure for FTM has to be done as per the Owner's Manual, and I wouldn't rely on a tire shop tech. to do it correctly.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:23 PM
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Hi I'm sorry I drive a x3 2.5 also when I'm on the freeway and I stop my wheel drive shakes
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:33 PM
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Somewhat similar issue. '09 model, Sport Activity Pkg, 235/50 R18 tires

Both times: Hot day (90F), car was parked outside in a parking lot for an hour or so. At startup, tire icon showed up and would not go off. Eventually it just turned off by itself. Restarting does not help--once it is on, it stays on for 20+ minutes, until after the next stop (car is driven, parked somewhere still hot, and then started again after some period, e.g. 30 minutes).

Times are all approximate as it's only happened twice. There were other equally hot days when it did NOT happen.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:18 AM
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Once I did the re-set, it did disappear..hopefully, its a one off. I havent driven it for the last week or sort, will be back home in couple of days; will find out if the tire was really bleeding!!!
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:18 AM
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this has happened to me about twice before. just did a quick check on all tires, reset, and it doesnt come on again.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:54 PM
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Thank You I will try that next
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:01 AM
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I still have my problem, I hope it's not the abs sensor like you said...I check all tires reset the light an fate driving on the parkway for a few miles or anywhere really it comes back on!! I guess I'll take it to my friends shop and have him check the abs system
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