How To Activate a New TPMS Sensor without Tool Ford

How To Activate a New TPMS Sensor without Tool Ford

What is TPMS Sensor?

A tire-pressure monitoring system monitors the air pressure inside the pneumatic tires on vehicles. A TPMS reports real-time tire-pressure information to the driver, using either a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light. TPMS can be divided into two different types – direct and indirect.

How To Activate a New TPMS Sensor without Tool Ford

  1. Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended psi.
  2. Turn ignition to the on position.
  3. Push the hazard light button 6 times.
  4. Release air pressure in the front left tire until you hear the horn honk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you relearn TPMS without tool?

Vehicle relearn is a standard TPMS service step

With the exception of some Chrysler and Mazda models that may be relearned to the vehicle via a driving procedure, a TPMS scan tool is required to complete the vehicle relearn procedure.

Do TPMS sensors have to be activated?

① Accurate monitoring: Activating the TPMS sensor can ensure that the TPMS system can accurately monitor the pressure of each tire. If not properly activated, the system may not be able to distinguish the sensors or display accurate tire pressure readings.

Why is my new TPMS sensor not reading?

If you are unable to read the sensor, you may need to update your TPMS tool. The latest TPMS software will include the latest vehicle and TPMS sensor coverage, so be sure to perform a TPMS update. Check your tool under the SETTINGS menu for the latest software update and compare it to the latest update notes online.

What are the 3 methods of programming a TPMS sensor?

The three types of relearn procedures are auto relearn, stationary (manual) and OBD.

Can I reset my TPMS myself?

With the vehicle off, turn the key to the “On” position, but do not start the car. Hold the TPMS reset button until the tire pressure light blinks three times, then release it. Start the car and wait about 20 minutes for the sensor to refresh.

Where is TPMS reset button?

Locate the TPMS reset button. It is typically located beneath the steering wheel, near the driver’s sidekick panel, or on the dashboard. Once you’ve found the TPMS reset button, press and hold it for approximately three seconds. You may need a pen or a similar tool to reach it.

What is a TPMS activation tool?

If customers have to replace their TPMS sensors because of repairs or tire rotations, the TPMS sensor is programmed to the vehicle and relearned with a TPMS tool to indicate which sensors are in which tires. Oftentimes, with indirect systems, that means a connection to the OBDII port to complete the relearn.

How do I know if my TPMS sensor is not working?

When the battery in a TPMS sensor dies, it will trigger a malfunction warning from the system, indicated by a blinking TPMS light on your dashboard. It may continue to flash, or it may turn solid after 60-90 seconds.

Where does TPMS get power?


If the driver drives a vehicle with flat tires, TPMS is the proper device to monitor incorrect tire air pressure conditions. Once mounted in the tire, the tire pressure sensor is a stand-alone device. It is powered by a battery that has a limited operating life.

How do you verify a TPMS sensor?

Hold the TPMS tool up to the sidewall of the tire just above the exposed valve stem and follow the tool menu structure to check the TPMS sensor status. If the test fails, either TPMS sensors are not present or the sensors are not functioning.