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    Thread: low tire pressure light stuck on

    1. 02-05-2011 03:58 PM #1
      is the light supposed to stay on after u replace a flat? it flashes a few times when teh car turns on then stays on steady. all tire pressure is good but im wondering if theirs a reset switch needed?
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      you're gonna run them regardless, so post pics when they're on. if they look stupid, we'll let you know.

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      02-05-2011 04:06 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by DUB_MANGv2 View Post
      is the light supposed to stay on after u replace a flat? it flashes a few times when teh car turns on then stays on steady. all tire pressure is good but im wondering if theirs a reset switch needed?
      It'll go off in a bit. Mine has taken about an hour and sometimes 5 minutes.

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      02-05-2011 04:28 PM #3
      Make sure all of your tires are within 3 psi of each other, including the spare. Drive it for a bit and it should go away. If that doesn't work, try disconnecting the battery for a few minutes. If that doesn't do the trick than the tire place probably damaged the sensor when they were changing tire.

    4. 02-05-2011 07:28 PM #4
      well the original tire had a nail in it and was losing air. we went in for her first oil change and they rotated the tires and wanted to charge us $50 just to patch it, so i said screw yall and got my oil change and bounced. when i got home i swapped it with the spare and made sure all tires are at 34psi. (this was about a month ago) the spare still has the nail and is sitting in her trunk. but will that still trigger it even if its not even mounted?
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      Quote Originally Posted by sirswank View Post
      you're gonna run them regardless, so post pics when they're on. if they look stupid, we'll let you know.

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      02-06-2011 05:20 AM #5
      There is a tool that can communicate the TPMS sensor. A tire shop may have similar equipment (I believe Costco use them) to check TPMS.

      It's either the nail knocked out the sensor (not very likely but can happen) or the tire guys knocked out it.

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      02-06-2011 06:53 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by DUB_MANGv2 View Post
      made sure all tires are at 34psi
      I think you may find the recommended tire pressure is 38 psi. At least it is on my 2010 Golf TDI. Look at the sticker on your door jam. My TPMS would also go on if my tires were at 34 psi. Raise it to 38 psi and I bet it goes off after a few minutes.

      Also, I'm assuming you have a 2010, because the 2011 has a reset in the glove box.
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      02-06-2011 07:32 AM #7
      There is also a known issue (programming mistake) at least on a certain series of Golf TDIs from early 2010, where the TPMS warning simply does not reset itself. It is like, the first time a tire goes below the threshold, it resets after all tire pressures are above the factory threshold level; the second time a tire goes below, that level is magically replaced by another constant pulled from some place else (50psi or so).

      Mine has been on for four weeks, and it will be on until I bring it for the 10,000 mile service.

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      02-06-2011 02:04 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by DUB_MANGv2 View Post
      well the original tire had a nail in it and was losing air. we went in for her first oil change and they rotated the tires and wanted to charge us $50 just to patch it, so i said screw yall and got my oil change and bounced. when i got home i swapped it with the spare and made sure all tires are at 34psi. (this was about a month ago) the spare still has the nail and is sitting in her trunk. but will that still trigger it even if its not even mounted?
      Fix the tire and put it back on the car. The car is getting a "flat tire" signal from the tire in the trunk. Plus, you're still driving around on your spare.
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    9. 02-06-2011 04:38 PM #9
      well i left the spare on because its the same full size 16" that came with the car. its a 2010 golf. ill check the psi to see it might be up near 38 but i said 34 just cuz i knew i set them all in the mid 30s. then finally ill take the spare out with the nail and leave it in the garage.
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      Quote Originally Posted by sirswank View Post
      you're gonna run them regardless, so post pics when they're on. if they look stupid, we'll let you know.

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      02-06-2011 04:48 PM #10
      Chances are really good that you have 4 tires with sensors (and metal stems) and a spare with no sensor and a rubber stem. Check the spare stem and see!!

      Until you fix the "real tire" and get it aired up, the light ain't gonna go away.

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      02-06-2011 04:57 PM #11
      i had the same issue. I set the pressures to 34 psi using my snap-on air gauge at work and the light was still on. next week brought it in to the dealer to get my 10K mile service done and they said that if i set it a bit higher ~37psi itll go off thats where they set it and its been fine since.

    12. 02-06-2011 05:05 PM #12
      Not sure about your car, but when I was a tech for Mazda and Acura if it shows the pressure in the cluster reading 58psi or flashing there is an issue with a sensor. If the light us on and NOT flashing it is usually just low pressure. Like I said that was for Mazda and Acura though

    13. 02-06-2011 05:06 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by John and the GTi View Post
      Chances are really good that you have 4 tires with sensors (and metal stems) and a spare with no sensor and a rubber stem. Check the spare stem and see!!

      Until you fix the "real tire" and get it aired up, the light ain't gonna go away.
      im putting my money on this!
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      Quote Originally Posted by sirswank View Post
      you're gonna run them regardless, so post pics when they're on. if they look stupid, we'll let you know.

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      02-06-2011 11:24 PM #14
      Mine did that a few times during a period after I bought the car. All tires were properly inflated, and it turned out to be a TPMS malfunction. Took it to the dealer, waited an hour, and it was out and gooooood.

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      02-06-2011 11:56 PM #15
      There's also a TSB for this very same problem for certain vehicles. Probably best to give the dealer a call. I have to take my GTI in for the same problem.

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      02-07-2011 07:28 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by GTINC View Post
      The OP was carrying a flat tire in the truck, which couldwould, of course, give a low pressure signal.
      Sure - yet, the TPMS ECU coding error is real and well-documented - as I posted up there, and as confirmed by mtbmurray.

    17. 02-07-2011 08:12 AM #17
      A flat tire should not give a flashing TPMS light. They usually only flash when there is a malfunction with a sensor.


      Quote Originally Posted by GTINC View Post
      The OP was carrying a flat tire in the truck, which would, of course, give a low pressure signal.

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      02-07-2011 09:48 AM #18
      There's a difference between the two behaviors.

      If it flashes when it turns on, that's the TSB which requires you to take it into the shop (or it's having a "communication problem" with one of the sensors). Regardless, you gotta bring it into the shop if it's flashing. If it doesn't flash at all and there's a "Vehicle Status" message that says "Tire pressures too low", then you just need to add air.

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      02-07-2011 10:30 PM #19
      Someone let me know if this is true, but I always thought the system only works based on all of the tires being the same pressure or within like 5 psi of each other. It doesn't matter if they are all 10psi or 80psi, as long as they're all the same.

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      02-08-2011 03:05 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Veedubya View Post
      Someone let me know if this is true, but I always thought the system only works based on all of the tires being the same pressure or within like 5 psi of each other. It doesn't matter if they are all 10psi or 80psi, as long as they're all the same.
      No, it works off a pressure threshold. Any tire below that threshold (which can be set with VAG-COM or by the dealer) will bring up the TPMS light.

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      02-08-2011 10:45 AM #21
      mine has been on for 3 days now. i have checked every tire. 40psi all the way around. this is the 5th time it has done this.
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      02-08-2011 11:01 AM #22
      Disabling TPMS using VAGCOM eliminates all issues! You just have to remember to check your tire pressure regularly.

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      02-08-2011 11:04 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCalMK6GTI View Post
      Disabling TPMS using VAGCOM eliminates all issues! You just have to remember to check your tire pressure regularly.
      yeah, i just have this whole money issue with needing to buy vagcom, needing to buy projectors, need to buy a second set of lights, needing to buy a computer flash, needing to buy etc etc etc......

      that and then i have 3 kids which are 13,12,and 7.

      damn these kids are expensive
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      02-08-2011 11:13 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by phd-12v View Post
      yeah, i just have this whole money issue with needing to buy vagcom, needing to buy projectors, need to buy a second set of lights, needing to buy a computer flash, needing to buy etc etc etc......

      that and then i have 3 kids which are 13,12,and 7.

      damn these kids are expensive

      Well there are plenty of people in SoCal with VCDS. I don't have one which is why I went on the regional forums and found someone who would do some VAG work for a 12 pack of diet coke. There's usually someone at the local GTG's that has one too. I didn't transfer over my TPMS sensors on the new wheels/tires so I just disabled it.

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      02-08-2011 08:25 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by phd-12v View Post
      damn these kids are expensive
      I feel with you, but your dealer should be able to fix the TPMS light with an ECU update - for free.

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      02-08-2011 08:54 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by feels_road View Post
      I feel with you, but your dealer should be able to fix the TPMS light with an ECU update - for free.
      already had that update, twice now. but my dealer is pretty cool, ill take it down there saturday morning and let them figure it out.

      once i get the vag com, though, ill do it myself. Thanks for the heads up though on the update.
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      02-10-2011 11:42 PM #27
      atleast on my car which is a 2011 theres a reset button in the glove box, took me a week to figure that one out lol, dunno if the 2010's are different
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      02-11-2011 12:44 AM #28
      I'm curious, was the issue ever resolved? My guess would be the fact the tire was still flat and in the trunk, though I'm not sure if removing the wheel w/flat tire would necessarily turn the light off.

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      02-11-2011 06:07 AM #29
      Mine used to flash at first then stick on took it to VW and they said it was a known issue after a couple hours got the car back and its fixed. Pretty sure they did a coding update. So endstate just take it in.

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