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Old 12-27-2012, 10:14 AM   #1
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Resetting Tire pressure light:

Not sure if this is the right area to post this thread but I recently put my snow tires on my new (to me) 2003 BMW 330Xi and the tire pressure sensor went on. I understand this is common but I need to know how to reset the light. All the tires have been checked and have appropriate air pressure. Also I have looked on youtube and browsed the internet and for some reason haven't been able to find the correct way to do this to a 2003 330Xi.

I read somewhere that it involves turning the car on and then off and then holding the tire pressure button in some order. Please help, many thanks
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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While the car is on press and hold the tps button until the red light goes off. I usually reset mine like this never double checked tho. Must be in the manual

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Old 12-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #3
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Not sure if this is the right area to post this thread but I recently put my snow tires on my new (to me) 2003 BMW 330Xi and the tire pressure sensor went on. I understand this is common but I need to know how to reset the light. All the tires have been checked and have appropriate air pressure. Also I have looked on youtube and browsed the internet and for some reason haven't been able to find the correct way to do this to a 2003 330Xi.

I read somewhere that it involves turning the car on and then off and then holding the tire pressure button in some order. Please help, many thanks
Did you swap over the TPMS sensors with the new tires? If you don't have the sensors installed, then the light will always be on. Otherwise, just hold down the tire reset button until the light turns yellow, drive for about a 1/4 mile and it should go away.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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Ahh I did not put the TPMS sensors on with the new tires, there lies the problem. First Bimmer and first car with TPMS. Is this something that I can do or does a shop need to do it? Also since they are on new snow tires and I will only have them on for 3-4 months is it a necessity. Many thanks guys, just trying to learn.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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You would have the take the tires off and remount them.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #6
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lol you didnt, i thought u changed them over to the new wheels, or just swapped the tires. How did you think that was gonna work? If they are already on your car i would just drive if you can live with that red light being on...TPMS sensors go on the rims its part of the valve stem not on the tires but i got u
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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2003 has TPMS? My 2003 M3 didn't.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:28 AM   #8
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:26 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, just found out my 330Xi does not have the TPMS it uses an indirect tire pressure monitoring system and bases inflation against wheel speed. My 330 is a 2003 so it must be pre-TPMS. I also submitted this on reddit.com/r/bmw and a BMW technician set me straight with how to reset the sensor. Thanks again for your guy's help!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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there is a procedure on the reset on youtube. if you just press on the button for a few seconds, the light will go away also.
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