The Tire Pressure Monitoring System on Teslas consists of pressure sensors inside the tires that relay information to your touchscreen. The system alerts you when the pressure in the wheel gets too high or too low.
Here’s how to reset Tesla tire pressure sensors in two ways:
- Use the touchscreen to reset the sensors.
- Drive above 40 km/h (25 mph) for at least 20 minutes.
The rest of this article will explain how to reset Tesla tire pressure sensors easily. I’ll also include additional information on how to take care of your Tesla tires.
- 1. Use the Touchscreen to Reset the Sensors
- 2. Drive above 25 mph for at Least 20 Minutes
- Can The Tire Pressure Sensor Resetting Fail?
- How To Check the Correct Tire Pressure for Tesla
- How Should You Address Tesla Tire Faults?
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Use the Touchscreen to Reset the Sensors
The touchscreen contains all the commands you can input in your Tesla, including tire pressure reset.
You can reset tire pressure sensors using the touchscreen as follows:
- Turn the ignition and press and hold the brake pedal.
- Tap the car icon to access the control menu.
- Select service from the menu that appears on the screen.
- Select Reset TPMS Sensor.
- Select Factory Reset/Learn new pressures.
- Drive at over 15 mph (24.14 kph) for at least 20 minutes.
Before starting this process, ensure that you’ve inflated the tires to the pressure Tesla recommends. You’ll find tire pressure information on the label placed on the door pillar.
Also, ensure that you’ve set the correct wheel size before resetting tire pressure sensors. Selecting the incorrect wheel size can trigger misleading tire pressure warnings.
Don’t attempt to remedy a tire pressure warning by resetting tire pressure sensors. You might be masking a real issue that requires your attention.
Scroll to Car Status to check whether the reset was successful. If there are no pressure figures displayed, the reset worked.
Tesla recommends that you wait 20 minutes before moving to the next step.
After completing the reset, you’ll need to drive the vehicle at over 15 mph (24.14 kph) for at least 20 minutes.
It’ll give the reset sensors a chance to learn the new pressures. The Tesla will display the pressure figures once it completes learning.
This YouTube video by YOUCANIC details the whole process:
2. Drive above 25 mph for at Least 20 Minutes
This system utilizes an auto-learning system introduced by Tesla in newer models.
After changing the tires, the TPMS sensors reset automatically after driving at over 40 km/h (25 mph). Drive at this speed for at least 20 minutes before checking whether the sensors display a figure.
Therefore, you don’t need to use the touchscreen with a newer Tesla model. Simply fit the right wheel at the correct pressure and drive.
This table compares how to reset tire pressure sensors on newer and older Tesla Models.
|Tesla Model||How to reset tire pressure sensors|
|Older Tesla Models||Use the touchscreen to reset the TPMS sensors. Drive at over 15 mph (24.14 kph) for at least 20 minutes to complete the process.|
|Newer Tesla Models||Drive above 40 km/h (25 mph) for at least 20 minutes.|
Can The Tire Pressure Sensor Resetting Fail?
Resetting the tire pressure sensors is not difficult, but it can fail. If it fails, you’ll likely receive an error message informing you of that fact.
Tesla’s tire pressure sensor resetting can fail. It often happens because you can have a faulty sensor, a poor wheel configuration, or the TPMS antenna isn’t working properly.
A failure to reset means there’s something wrong with your car that likely needs to be checked by an expert.
If the wheels were installed recently, start by checking the wheel configuration. If tire pressure sensor resetting continues to fail, check for a faulty sensor.
Also, ensure that you use tires that match the original specification. Failure to do so can lead to false tire pressure sensor failures.
If all sensors are okay, check the antennas of the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System).
On a somewhat similar note, I also wrote a similar article about How To Display Tire Pressure on Tesla Model 3 and All Models. In this article, I went into detail about the specific topic including other common questions. Check it out!
How To Check the Correct Tire Pressure for Tesla
Electric vehicle tire pressure matters more than with ICE cars as incorrect tire pressures in EVs can drastically affect range. Therefore, you must inflate your Tesla tires to the recommended PSI.
You’ll find the correct tire pressure for Tesla on the center door pillar. Inflate to the pressure recommended by Tesla, even if it conflicts with the figure indicated on the tire.
The Tire Pressure indicator warning will inform you if one of the tires isn’t inflated to the proper pressure. Inflate or deflate the faulty tire to clear the alert.
Note that the warning won’t clear until you’ve driven at over 15 mph (24.14 kph) for more than ten minutes. Driving will activate the TPMS system, which will remove the warning light.
Outdoor temperature also has a massive effect on Tesla tire pressures. Tesla notes that the tire loses one PSI for every six-degree drop in temperature.
Therefore, Tesla recommends inflating the tires to the indicated pressure whenever it’s cold outside. Inflating the tire in hot temperatures increases the risk of under-inflation.
Under-inflation can cause many issues, including overheating, leading to increased tire degradation, which can cause an accident. It can also affect the vehicle’s range.
Over-inflation is only recommended when parking the vehicle for long periods. Prolonged parking can lead to the development of flat spots, which cause vibration while driving.
To avoid the formation of flat spots, over-inflate the car to the maximum pressure indicated on the tire. Before driving, deflate to the tire pressure recommended by Tesla.
How Should You Address Tesla Tire Faults?
Tesla tire faults are remarkably similar to tire problems with any other car. If you’ve owned an internal combustion engine (ICE) car, you won’t have a difficult time managing faulty tires in your Tesla.
You can deal with Tesla tire faults by consulting your local tire shop. Tesla tires aren’t any different from ordinary tires, so your local tire expert won’t experience difficulty diagnosing whatever problem you have.
Perhaps the most common tire problem experienced by drivers is punctures. The tire sensor should alert you to a tire that’s deflating due to a puncture.
If the tire has enough air to make it to the tire shop, drive carefully to the shop before it deflates completely. If not, call for Tesla Roadside Assistance and wait.
On that note, we also wrote a related article Comparing Tesla Roadside Assistance with AAA. We found some interesting data. Check it out!
Remember that Teslas don’t come with spare wheels. Therefore, you can’t park on the side of the road to change the tire.
Once you get a flat, you need help. Note that Tesla Roadside Assistance is only available for the duration of your warranty.
After your warranty expires, you can call alternative roadside assistance or a flatbed to transport your car to the nearest tire shop or Tesla Service Center.
Ensure that the technician performs quality and permanent repair to seal the leak. Slow leaks can prove inconvenient, especially if you leave the vehicle for long.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions Tesla drivers often ask about tire pressure:
Can I Replace a Faulty Tesla Tire Pressure Sensor at Home?
You can replace a faulty tire pressure sensor at home if you possess the expertise and the proper equipment. However, replacing the tire pressure sensor requires unseating the tire, which is difficult.
How Long Do Tesla Tire Pressure Sensors Last?
Tesla tire pressure sensors will last at least five years before needing replacement. Some tire pressure sensors work for nearly ten years. You could repair a tire sensor by replacing the batteries.
Tesla tire pressure sensors are available at reasonable prices. If you think that your car has a faulty sensor, your best bet is to replace it.
I recommend allowing the experts to replace faulty Tesla tire pressure sensors. It doesn’t cost much and will probably save you more time than attempting it at home.
Teslas are hardy cars that take care of their parts. Tesla parts are pretty durable, including tesla tire pressure sensors.
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