Featured TPMS Tip: 2005-2012 Volkswagen Models

Mitchell 1 provides TPMS information to Modern Tire Dealer, an award-winning publication that writes editorial content geared to independent tire dealers. We’re sharing this content in our blog, with a link to the Modern Tire Dealer website where you can read the article in full. The TPMS information in this article may also be accessed in the reset procedures tab in ProDemand®, along with other important reset procedure data for the selected vehicle.


The TPMS on 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLIs like the one above checks the tire pressures of all four road wheels, and warns in the event of a loss of pressure by means of symbols in the instrument cluster displays. Photo from MTD Magazine

SUBJECT VEHICLES: 2006-2009 Volkswagen Rabbit, 2010-2012 VW Golf, 2012 VW Golf R, 2008-2009 VW GLI, 2006-2012 VW GTI, 2005-2012 VW Jetta, and 2008 VW R32.


SPECIAL TOOLS NEEDED? Yes. A Volkswagen VAS 5051B.

NOTE: Some vehicles may be equipped with an indirect tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Although the indirect system does not use tire pressure sensors installed on the four wheels, the reset procedure under “Basic setting” is the same for direct and indirect TPMS.

NOTE: Whenever a wheel is changed or replaced, the tires rotated, a new sensor installed, or whenever the vehicle has been loaded, the TPMS needs to be reset. See “Reset procedures.”

Tire pressure monitoring system

Air pressure sensors, located in the wheels, transmit radio data signals to the central locking and antitheft system antennas. These signals are then directed to the TPMS control module.

The TPMS control module is integrated with a diagnostic address in the comfort system central control module.

The TPMS checks the tire pressures of all four road wheels, and warns in the event of a loss of pressure by means of symbols in the instrument cluster displays. A visual and audio warning will signal a rapid or other significant loss of pressure while the vehicle is moving. The system uses sensors at the wheels, which are integral parts of the air valves.

NOTE: There may be differences between the pressure readings from a hand-held pressure gauge and the pressure readings displayed in the instrument cluster. The TPMS is more accurate.

Under the following conditions, the system may not function properly:

  • Insufficient tire pressure.
  • Structural damage on the tires.
  • Load on the vehicle on one side.
  • One axle is heavily loaded (i.e., when pulling a trailer).
  • When snow chains are used.
  • When a spare wheel is installed.
  • One wheel is replaced.
  • Tire pressure sensor battery is depleted (seven- to 10-year life span).

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