Chevy cars are known for their advanced features and sturdy frame. One of the features that offer convenience to the driver on a Chevy is the tire pressure monitoring system. With the system, drivers get an indicator light on the dashboard that lights up whenever there is an anomaly on the tire pressure system.
Reasons the TPMS Low Tire Pressure Light May Come On
When the TPMS indicator light lights up on the dashboard of a Chevy, it could be due to one of the following reasons:
- Tires have uneven pressure
- One of the tires is flat
- A tire is swapped
It is recommended that you check the pressure in your tires as soon as you notice the TPMS indicator lighting up. Riding with uneven pressure in the tires is dangerous and causes instability in the car.
Ideally, soon after inflating all the tires to the recommended PSI amount in the manufacturer’s manual, the TPMS system should monitor the new pressure across all tires and turn the dashboard light off. In case you still have the indicator light on your dashboard, however, a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes can reset the TPMS and turn the light off.
Reset or Relearn the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your 2008-2011 Chevy Malibu
The procedure described below works for the Chevy Malibu Models that were manufactured between the years 2008 and 2011. As such, it may or may not work for later models.
- The first step is stopping the car and parking it in a secure location and away from traffic
- Next, switch the engine off and engage the parking brake
- The next step is to put the key in the ignition and turn it only up to the ON position. Take care not to go overboard and turn it to the run position, which causes the car to start. With your car keys in the ON position, the dashboard lights should be lit
- After that, hold the remote key with both hands and simultaneously press on both the lock and unlock buttons until you hear the horn beeping. This alerts you that the TPMS system is ready to reset.
- Now go to the front tire on the driver’s side and increase or decrease the pressure until you hear a beep alert sound from the car horn.
- Press the two buttons on the remote key again and now do the same for the opposite front wheel. Increase or decrease the pressure until you hear a beep from the horn
- Now repeat the same method of pressing the lock/unlock buttons on the remote key while doing the same for the rear wheels starting with the passenger side. Afterward, press both buttons on the remote key again and adjust the pressure on the rear wheel on the driver’s side.
- When you hear the final beep after adjusting pressure on the rear wheel behind the driver’s side, go to the ignition and turn the key to the OFF position.
- The final step is to fill all the tires on your Chevy Malibu with the recommended pressure amount that is indicated on the Chevy Malibu user manual that came with your car. Ensure that you put the valve covers back on the valves after you are done filling the pressure.
Here is a video tutorial on how to accomplish this as well: