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Old 11-25-2013, 09:33 AM
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2011 328i Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Hello All,

First I will say I am having a great time with my "new" BMW. I never owned one before and I picked up a lease return 2011 manual 328i a few weeks ago. Climbing the streets of San Francisco has never been as much fun. Descending them aint bad either.

Yesterday a low tire pressure indicator came on. No problem. I can deal with this. I get out my pressure gauge and it is showing 35 PSI. So are all the other tires for that matter. I put another 2 PSI in but I don't want to go too crazy. The indicator is still on. Bad sensor? Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

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Old 11-25-2013, 09:47 AM
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As the tires may not have been correctly inflated (and the system not correctly set) when you took delivery, simply adding pressure may not solve your warning light issue.

You should probably first set the cold pressures to the psi recommended on your door placard (or in the manual), and then RESET the TPMS system as described in your owner's manual. Note that you have to drive a few minutes for the reset to take effect.

What this does is to establish a new baseline for the system and the warning light should not come on unless one or more tires drops by about 20 to 25%. If you do this and still get a spurious TPMS warning, there may be a problem with one of the wheel sensors which should be covered by your warranty.

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