Featured TPMS Tip: 2011-2017 Chevrolet Cruze

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 on 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 our ProDemand® auto repair information software, along with other important reset procedure data for the selected vehicle.

TPMS 2011-2017ChevroletCruzeSUBJECT VEHICLES: 2011-2017 Chevrolet Cruze.


SPECIAL TOOLS NEEDED? Yes. TPMS Special Tool (EL-46079 or EL-50448).

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of the 2011-2017 Chevy Cruze uses the instrument panel cluster (IPC), body control module (BCM), four radio frequency transmitting pressure sensors, and the serial data circuit to perform the TPMS relearn mode functions. Once the relearn mode has been enabled, each of the sensors’ unique identification codes can be learned into the BCM memory.

When a sensor ID has been learned, the BCM sounds a horn chirp indicating the sensor has transmitted its ID and the BCM has received and learned it. The BCM must learn the sensor IDs in the proper sequence to determine correct sensor location. The first learned ID is assigned to the left front location, the second to right front, the third to right rear and the fourth to left rear. The turn signals will individually illuminate indicating which location is to be learned in the proper sequence.

When the tire pressure monitor system detects a significant loss or gain of tire pressure, the tire pressure monitor indicator icon is illuminated on the instrument cluster and, if equipped, a check tire pressure-type message is displayed on the driver information center. Both the indicator icon and driver information center message can be cleared by adjusting the tire pressures to the recommended pressures and driving the vehicle above 25 mph (40 km/h) for at least two minutes. Each sensor has an internal low-frequency coil. When the TPMS tool is used in activate mode, it produces a low-frequency transmission that activates the sensor. The sensor responds to a low-frequency activation by transmitting in learn mode.

When the BCM receives a learn mode transmission while in TPMS learn mode, it will assign that sensor’s ID to the location on the vehicle relative to the order in which it was learned. The relearn mode will cancel if the ignition is cycled to OFF or if more than two minutes has elapsed for any sensor that has not been learned. If the relearn mode is canceled before the first sensor is learned, the original sensor IDs will be maintained. If the relearn mode is canceled after the first sensor is learned, the following will occur:

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