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How Do I Reset the TPMS Light in My Honda?

It’s happened to us all at least once. You’re driving and your “Low Pressure” light turns on. You stop your vehicle in a safe place, check the tire pressure and adjust it to the specified level on the label on the driver’s door jamb.  You starting driving again, but the light is still on. Why?!

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System in your Honda monitors the tire pressure while you are driving. If your vehicle’s tire pressure becomes significantly low, the low tire pressure indicator comes on and a message appears on the display. Any time you inflate, change, or rotate one or more of the tires, you need to re-calibrate the system. The calibration process requires approximately 30 minutes of cumulative driving at speeds between 30-65 mph. The vehicle must be stopped to begin calibration, and the process finishes automatically.

How to Reset the TPMS in Newer Honda Vehicles

Models with Display Audio Touchscreen: 

  1. From the Home screen, select Settings.
  2. Select Vehicle
  3. Select TPMS Calibration
  4. Select Calibrate




Models without the touchscreen display:

Use the steering wheel buttons to make and enter selections in the Driver Information

  1. Scroll to the vehicle Settings screen, and select it
  2. Select TPMS Calibration
  3. Select Calibrate

Resetting TPMS In Older Honda Vehicles

Models with steering wheel buttons:

  1. Press MENU
  2. Select Customize Settings
  3. Select TPMS Calibration
  4. Select Initialize
  5. Select Yes
  6. Press MENU to exit

Models without the touchscreen display:

Use the steering wheel buttons to make and enter selections in the Driver Information

  1. Scroll to the vehicle Settings screen, and select it.
  2. Select TPMS Calibration.
  3. Select Calibrate.


Models with TPMS Button:

If your Honda is equipped with a TPMS button, you’ll find it to the left of the steering wheel. Press and hold the button until the warning light blinks twice.

What if the TPMS Warning Light is Still on After Resetting? 

If the TPMS indicator returns or FLASHES every time you start your car, there may be something else wrong or malfunctioning. Call our Service Department at (814) 864-6765 to schedule an appointment ASAP.


Be sure to check your owner’s manual or visit for specific details on your vehicle.


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In a hurry to reset your tire pressure light? Here’s the quick answer right on top.

There are two ways to reset your tire pressure light depending on your trim level

If you have a fancy color screen:

  1. Set your tire pressure with an accurate gauge
  2. Turn the car to the ON position (double click start button w/o pressing brake or turn key to ON)
  3. Touch the information button on the steering wheel, then press the audio remote button to select the VEHICLE SETTINGS.
  4. Press the audio remote button to select TPMS CALIBRATION.
  5. Use the audio remote button to select CALIBRATE.
  6. When the calibration successfully begins, “Calibration Started” is displayed on the display in the dash above the steering wheel when the system received the calibration.
  7. Drive the car 26 MPH or faster in a straight line and verify the light goes out.

If you don’t have a fancy screen:

  1. Set your tire pressure with an accurate gauge
  2. Turn the car to the ON position
  3. Press and hold the TPMS switch on the dash to the left of the steering wheel for 3 seconds.
  4. When the calibration successfully begins, the TPMS light on the dash blinks twice.
  5. Drive the car 26 MPH or faster in a straight line and verify the light goes out.
Reset tire pressure. Line drawing of car with wheel speed sensors and ABS unit

What was old is new again

The tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on some newer Honda cars have reverted to the old-style TPMS called indirect TPMS. Honda Civic years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 can be a little finicky when it comes to resetting the TPMS light or calibrating the system. This short article will explain how to turn off the TPMS light on your Honda Civic.

What is this orange light on my dash?

I case you’re unfamiliar, the TPMS light is an orange light that looks a bit like a horseshoe with and exclamation point in the middle. It’s supposed to be a cross-section of a tire. The exclamation point is saying, “hey, the tire pressure is low!”.

My tire pressure is OK but the TPMS light won’t go out!

This where the frustration can occur. The TPMS light can become The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf. The light is on, you set the tire pressure, and the TPMS light is still on. Arrggh! A strategically located piece of electrical tape can solve the problem, or better yet a picture of your favorite deity will no doubt benefit from a warm orange glow shining through.

The tire pressure monitoring system doesn’t monitor tire pressure

Honda’s newer TPMS system doesn’t actually measure the tire pressure like their older systems did. Instead it counts the revolutions of each of the wheels. If a tire is low, the radius between the axle and road will be smaller.  The effective circumference will also be smaller. A smaller wheel must spin more times to go the same distance as a larger wheel.

All cars with ABS have a way to count wheel rotation already built in — the wheel speed sensors. The speed sensors for the ABS do double duty and work for the TPMS system as well. Every time you reset tire pressure, you must calibrate the system so it knows how big each wheel is with the proper tire pressure.

There are a couple advantages to indirect TPMS

  • It’s cheaper to make because it uses existing parts
  • It’s cheaper to maintain because you don’t need to replace sensors when the batteries fail

There are some problems with indirect TPMS though

One of the main problems is that it’s just not accurate. You can drive around with a tire that’s 30% low and the system won’t flag it. They tell us it will, and it might, sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as good as direct TPMS. Another problem is that you’ll need to reset the TPMS every time you mess with the wheels. Replace a tire, reset the system. Rotate the wheels, reset the system. The final thing might not be a “problem”, but I love direct TPMS systems that tell you the exact tire pressure for each wheel. Hop in the car in the morning, see all the tires at 38 PSI, and I’m confident my car will handle well and I’m not going to get stuck.

If you want to know more about resetting tire pressure light on other types of tire pressure monitoring systems, we have an older article here that we published around 2007 when TPMS was still pretty new.


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After the TREAD Act was mandated in 2007, all vehicles manufactured in the United States beginning in 2008, must be installed with direct or indirect TPMS systems.


The Honda Civic is manufactured with an indirect and a direct TPMS system, depending on the year. Direct TPMS has TPMS sensors installed in the wheel; if one or more tires indicate low tire pressure, the TPMS sensors will transfer the information to the vehicle’s ECU.  An indicator light (low-line TPMS system) or each tire pressure will show on the dash (high-line TPMS system). The indirect TPMS system does not have TPMS sensors in the wheel; TPMS is measured by wheel speed through the ABS system.

Honda Civic Infographic

Type of TPMS system:

  • Direct TPMS system for years 2008-2014. A TPMS relearn is recommended when replacing a sensor. All OE and aftermarket TPMS part numbers and service kit replacement options for the Honda Civic can be found in the VT56,VT55, VT46 brands and VT36 TPMS Tools in “Service TPMS”.
  • Indirect TPMS system for years 2014-2020. A TPMS re-calibration is recommended when changing air pressure, rotating tires and replacing a tire or TPMS sensor.

Type of TPMS frequency:

  • 315 MHz (only applicable for years 2008-2014)

Type of Relearn procedures:

  • Direct TPMS for years 2008-2014, OBD relearn, requires OBD module
  • Indirect TPMS for years 2014-2020, re-calibration of TPMS system

Type of TPMS tool required for TPMS reset

  • Direct TPMS system (2008-2014) requires TPMS scan tool with OBD module to connect to the vehicle’s DLC (VT56 or VT46 brands), step by step relearn procedures are written in the tool.
  • Indirect TPMS system requires re-calibration of the system. Steps are written out in the owner’s manual as well as the VT56 and VT46 branded tools.

Bonus coverage, OBD relearn procedure, 2008-2014:

  • OBDII dongle is required
  • Confirm TPMS sensors are properly installed
  • Adjust tire pressures to placard value
  • Activate TPMS Tool on left front tire sidewall next to valve stem 
  • Repeat for LR/RR/RF tires 
  • Apply OBD module to DLC 
  • Turn ignition to ON
  • Press OK on TPMS tool to transfer data to ECU
  • Disconnect OBD connector from DLC
  • Turn ignition to OFF then start the engine 
  • Drive for at least 5 minutes at 28 MPH

The video above shows a Honda Accord, but the same procedure will work with a Honda Civic

Indirect relearn procedure (with multi-informational display), 2014-2020:

  • No TPMS sensor required 
  • OBDII connector not required 
  • Adjust tire pressures to placard value 
  • Release parking brake 
  • Turn ignition ON
  • Us the up/down arrows to select Vehicle Setting 
  • Push the SEL/RESET button until TPMS Calibration is displayed 
  • Push the SEL/RESET button until options for Cancel and Calibrate is displayed 
  • Use the up/down arrows to select Calibration, then push the SEL/RESET button 
  • The calibration will complete automatically 

Indirect relearn procedure (with informational display), 2014-2020:

  • If learn mode can’t be enabled, see service manual 
  • No TPMS sensor required 
  • OBDII connector not required 
  • Adjust tire pressures to placard value 
  • Release parking brake 
  • Turn ignition ON
  • Push and hold the TPMS button located near lower left knee bolster until TPMS light blinks twice, calibration has begun 
  • The calibration process will complete automatically 

Troubleshooting tips

Tip 1:

The Honda Civic direct TPMS OBD relearn is unique compared to other OBD relearns. When activating sensors, start with the left front sensor, then go counter-clockwise. The order is left front, left rear, right rear and left front sensor during the TPMS activation process.

VT56 Honda Civic OBD

Tip 2:

As cited in the TIA TPMS relearn chart, for Direct TPMS Honda systems 2008-2012, “a properly formatted TPMS scan tool is required to learn new sensor IDs when replacing sensors. After sensor ID’s are registered to the vehicle, the [TPMS] MIL (malfunction indicator light) will flash until the vehicle is driven and the sensor ID’s are received by the vehicle. This process can take 1-10 miles of continuous driving.” 


Tip 3:

For direct TPMS systems on the Honda Civic for years 2008-2014, a TPMS relearn is recommended when replacing a sensor. However, for indirect TPMS systems on the Honda Civic for years 2014-2020, a TPMS re-calibration is recommended when changing air pressure, rotating tires and replacing a tire or TPMS sensor.

TPMS DTC code information

Use the VT56 to retrieve Honda TPMS DTC codes by selecting the “Service” icon. After selecting the Make, Model, and Year, select the DTC code icon. Use the OBDII module to retrieve the Honda DTC TPMS information to diagnose and service the TPMS issues determined.

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Why The Tire Pressure Monitoring System Light In Your Honda Civic Is On and How To Make It Go Out

Tire pressure monitoring systems are required on new vehicles by law in America. This is not a feature that Honda installs as a feature on just some Civic trims. For more than a decade, Honda has been installing systems and they have been driving some Honda Civic owners crazy. They certainly do help let you know if a tire is losing pressure. However, in many cases, these systems can be an annoyance as well.

Here are the reasons that your Honda Civic has a “Tire Pressure Monitoring System” alert. We will refer to it as “TPMS” from here forward in our story. Before we begin, if your TPMS system warning light is on now, pull to safety and immediately check your tire pressure. Some vehicles can display the pressure in the vehicle's information display. If your Civic doesn’t, use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressures. The correct setpoints for your Honda Civic are listed on the driver’s door. Do not drive your Civic with the TPMS light on without verifying that the tires have proper air pressure.

Civic Tire Pressure Warning - Temperatures Have Dropped
If seasonal temperatures are dropping and your TPMS warning light has illuminated, the reason is most likely due to the temperature difference between when the pressure was last set and the current temperatures. The pressure inside of a tire drops with temperature declines. You need to reset the tire pressure in early winter and also early summer. Lower pressure does not mean the air leaked out of your tires. The air inside simply became lower in pressure as the temperatures dropped. This happens to all tires, not just those in your Civic, regardless of which gas is inside of them (air or nitrogen).

If you find that the pressure inside your tires is lower than the setpoint, add air to top them off to the correct pressure. The TPMS light will normally go out shortly after you set the pressures to the proper level. If just a single tire is lower than the rest by more than around 30%, have a tire technician investigate.

Civic Tire Pressure Warning - You Have a Flat Or More Than One Flat
The reason you have a tire pressure monitoring system in your Civic is to detect a flat tire. Or possibly more than one flat tire. If the light comes on while you are driving, this is the likely cause. Pull off the road to a safe area as quickly and safely as you can to investigate. A brief visual inspection is not enough. Use a tire gauge to check the pressure in all four of the vehicle's tires. If you have a flat, refer to the Civic’s’ owner’s manual (see below) on what to do.

Civic Tire Pressure Warning - TPMS System Failure
A driver's initial reaction when a warning light comes on is to hope it is just a mistake. The TPMS system in your Civic may have a problem, but it is unlikely. Many people who has a problem with the tire pressure system in any vehicle quickly go to every Facebook forum to report it (angrily). However, the Honda Civic is not a vehicle that struggles with the TPMS system more so than others.

If you have checked that the pressure in your tires is correct using a tire gauge, and the TPMS system is displaying a warning, ask a mechanic for help. You don’t have to go to a Honda dealer, but if your Civic is under the initial new vehicle warranty, that would certainly make sense.

Like any system in your Civic, age and damage can cause a problem with the TPMS system. Individual sensors in the tires can be replaced, but the system's computer will still need to be re-initialized. We suggest that this job is best done by a mechanic or tire professional who understands the system and can handle the work.

Civic Tire Pressure Warning - Tire Sealants
Emergency tire sealants like Fix-A -Flat, or Slime may cause your TPMS sensor to malfunction. This does not mean that the sensor is now broken. Here is what the Fix-A-Flat brand says about TPMS sensors and its product: “Fix-a-Flat is tire sensor safe. After the qualified tire repair professional has repaired your tire, they should clean the TPMS device with water to remove any sealant that may have come into contact with the device. After the repaired tire is replaced and inflated, the TPMS system can be reset and will resume operating as normal.”

Civic Tire Pressure Warning - New Tire Or New Tires

If you buy new tires for your Civic and immediately get a tire pressure warning light, check the pressure. Flats can happen any time, even driving out of a tire shop parking lot. If you have checked the pressure and it is properly set, return to the tire shop and let them know that the Civic’s TPMS system has indicated a problem. If the shop changed the valve stems in the tires, the system's computer may need to be re-initialized.

Be aware that some TPMS systems are sensitive to the sizes of tires. You should only use the exact size tire your Civic came with. If you have mounted aftermarket wheels with a different size tire, the retailer who did the work should be able to explain to you how they will resolve the TPMS system errors.

Civic Tire Pressure Warning - Nitrogen Is Unnecessary
There are some dealers and shops that suggest nitrogen as a solution to a TPMS problem in a Civic The claims that these advocates of nitrogen for tires make are unfounded by science.

Furthermore, your Honda Civic was designed to work perfectly fine using compressed air. Can inflating an underinflated tire with nitrogen cause the TPMS light to go out? It might. Just as inflating the tire with compressed air should do. If you wish to spend money on nitrogen, feel free. Just know that the Civic doesn’t need it.

A TPMS system alert can be an annoyance, but for the most part, it is a feature that is intended to help us in case a dangerous situation develops. Add air to your Civic’s tires when temperatures begin to drop in early winter. Reset the pressure to the proper PSI again in early summer. These are the best two habits you can have to avoid TPMS issues in your Civic.

Honda Civic Owner's Manual Link

Civic Tire Pressure Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How do you reset the TPMS light on a Civic?
A: Use the owner's manual link at the bottom of the story to find your Civic’s year and instructions. Follow them, but be aware that resting the system may not solve the underlying issue.
Q: Can the TPMS be in the Civic turned off?
It cannot be turned off. It can be reset.
Q: Is it dangerous to drive with the tire pressure light on?
A: Yes, driving without knowing why the light is on is dangerous until you have checked the pressure with a tire pressure gauge to verify that the pressures are correctly set.

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Step-By-Step Instructions To Reset and Re-Calibrate the Honda TPMS Warning Light

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How To Reset the Honda Tire Pressure Monitoring System TPMS Warning Light 

Tires play an important role in safety, fuel economy and performance when you get behind the wheel of your 2020 Honda CR-V. An innovative Tire Pressure Monitoring System* (TPMS) is a fixture for many Honda models that will monitor tire pressure and alert you when your tires have low tire pressure. When the TPMS warning light alerts you to low tire pressure – you will need to reset it. Learn how to reset the Honda Tire Pressure Monitoring System TPMS warning light with this step-by-step guide and get back to normal. Explore the Earnhardt Honda inventory today to find a Honda car, truck or crossover that is equipped with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System! 

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Instructions To Reset the Honda TPMS Warning Light

  • Check the Tire Pressure in All Tires 
  • Fill or Replace Tires as Needed 
  • Re-Calibrate and Reset the TPMS System 
  • Put Your Honda in Park and Start the Vehicle 
  • Find the Honda TPMS Button to the Left of the Steering Column 
  • Press and Hold Until the TPMS Warning Light Blinks Twice 
  • Honda TPMS Will Begin to Re-Calibrate 
  • If There is No TPMS Button – Select Vehicle Settings on the MID Screen 
  • Press the Select/Reset Button 
  • Select TPMS Calibration 
  • Select Calibrate 

*For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details. 

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