TPMS: 2011-2017 Chevrolet Cruze
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SUBJECT VEHICLES: 2011-2017 Chevrolet Cruze
RELEARN PROCEDURE? Yes.
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 cancelled 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:
Tire pressure monitor warning indicator
The tire pressure monitor system warns the driver when a significant loss or gain of tire pressure occurs in any of the four tires and allows the driver to display the individual tire pressures and their locations on the driver information center (DIC). 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.
NOTE: If power is disconnected from the BCM or if the vehicle battery is disconnected, each tire pressure monitor sensor ID is retained but all of the tire pressure information is lost. The DIC will display all dashes and the scan tool will indicate a default tire pressure value of 148 psi (1,020 kPa) for each tire. Driving the vehicle above 25 mph (40 km/h) for at least two minutes will activate the sensors causing the DIC to display the current tire pressures.
The BCM has the ability to detect malfunctions within the tire pressure monitor system. In the event a DTC is set, the tire pressure monitor indicator icon on the instrument cluster will flash for one minute and then remain illuminated after the ignition is turned ON and the instrument cluster bulb check has been completed. Any malfunction detected will cause the driver information center to display a service tire monitoring system type message.
NOTE: When the wheels have been rotated, or a tire pressure sensor has been replaced, retrain the tire pressure sensor. When the tire pressure monitoring system detects a significant loss or gain of tire pressure, the tire pressure monitoring 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.
Tire pressure monitory system reset
NOTE: If using the TPMS tool to activate the sensors, any stray sensor signals will not affect the relearn procedure. In the event a particular sensor’s information is displayed on the special tool upon activation but the horn does not chirp, it may be necessary to rotate the wheel valve stem to a different position due to the sensor signal is being blocked by another component.
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