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When using the TPMS sensor matching process can letting air out of the tire at the proper time instead of using the relearn tool work. This method is used by my Malibu but the Cruze manual only says to use the relearn tool.
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just put new wheels on car yesterday with new sensors, Put the system in relearn mode horn honked 2 times,Had the tires at 40 psi.Started on the driver front started letting air out, took to about 30 psi then horn would honk worked fine on my car
Is yours a '11 or '12?
So I just rotated the tires for the first time on my '12 LT. Once I was done i put the car in relearn mode and slowly let air out of the driver side front tire. Never heard the horn beep. The pressure got down to 20 psi! I over inflated the tire back to 41 and started the process again.... still no horn beep! I literally tried 5 times then said piss on it. Anyone else absolutely not been able to get this to work by slowly letting air out?
rlw_1224,
Here is the process step by step that you should follow. You are also able to find this information in your owner’s manual starting on page 10-54. If this still does not work, I would suggest that you contact your local dealership and have them look into this for you. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

The TPMS sensor matching process is:
1. Set the parking brake.

2. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with the engine off.

3. Use the MENU button to select the Vehicle Information menu in the Driver Information Center (DIC).

4. Use the thumbwheel to scroll to the Tire Pressure menu item screen.

5. Press the SET/CLR button to begin the sensor matching process. A message requesting acceptance of he process should display.

6. Press the SET/CLR button again to confirm the selection. The horn sounds twice to signal the receiver is in relearn mode and the TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE message displays on the DIC screen.

7. Start with the driver side front tire.

8. Place the relearn tool against the tire sidewall, near the valve stem. Then press the button to activate the TPMS sensor. A horn chirp confirms that the sensor identification code has been matched to this tire and wheel position.

9. Proceed to the passenger side front tire, and repeat the procedure in Step 8.

10. Proceed to the passenger side rear tire, and repeat the procedure in Step 8.

11. Proceed to the driver side rear tire, and repeat the procedure in Step 8. The horn sounds two times to indicate the sensor identification code has been matched to the driver side rear tire, and the TPMS sensor matching process is no longer active. The TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE message on the DIC display screen
goes off.

12. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.

13. Set all four tires to the recommended air pressure level as indicated on the Tire and Loading Information label

~Stacy Chevrolet Customer Service


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Stacy, thank you for that post! Now that's customer service!
rlw_1224,
Here is the process step by step that you should follow. You are also able to find this information in your owner’s manual starting on page 10-54. If this still does not work, I would suggest that you contact your local dealership and have them look into this for you. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.
Stacy, Thanks for the reply, however that is what it says in the owner's manual (which I read). My problem is I'm trying to perform the procedure by adding/removing air from the tires (as many folks have stated that works) because I do not have a re-learn tool. Has this feature been disabled on the newer model Cruze's?
Stacy, Thanks for the reply, however that is what it says in the owner's manual (which I read). My problem is I'm trying to perform the procedure by adding/removing air from the tires (as many folks have stated that works) because I do not have a re-learn tool. Has this feature been disabled on the newer model Cruze's?
rlw_1224,
According to my resources this function is not available. I do see that other posters have posted that this procedure does works. I would suggest that if this procedure does not work for you that you take it into the dealership and see if they are able to show you how to properly do this by letting the air out of the tires. I am sorry for this inconvenience to you. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.
Thank you,
Stacy Chevrolet Customer Service
I want to add a bit of information to this discussion. I have a 2012 LT and got the relearn to work with air pressure. I had seen the thread here and it sounded like mixed results for the 2012 cars, but I decided to try it anyways. My dad was helping me and we sort of stumbled on a method by accident.

First we tried letting air out, and it got all the way to 23 psi and no dice. In my 09 Cobalt I only ever had to change pressure by 5 psi per wheel. Anyways, we decided to try filling them up, so I put it back in relearn and started adding air, still nothing. Well, I got it up to like 41 psi, so I started letting air out, and suddenly I heard a honk.

I experimented with the other wheels. The best method seemed to be to let air out from the recommended 35 psi till you were under 30 psi, add air till you were over 40, then let air back out again.

I hope this works for others.
You are trying too hard. It is not really a matter of how much pressure or up/down. Its a matter of time and change. You only need to bleed off about 5-10 lbs or so, but it takes time for the system to take all the readings and sort things out. Here is what I do:

Initiate the sequence on the DIC. You will hear two honks letting you know to begin at the driver front wheel.

Go to the driver front wheel and bleed it off for about 15 seconds, then be patient. From the time you start bleeding it takes about 40 seconds before you hear the honk to say move on. You can bleed it down the whole time, but you do not have to.
Then you move clockwise around the car. Again, be patient, as it takes some time for the car to acknowledge the step you are at.
When you complete the process for the driver rear wheel it will honk once to acknowledge that wheel, then twice to tell you the process is complete. At that point you are good to go.

However, mine is an'11. And for soem reason the 11s seem to be more agreeable.
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Interesting, the service manual for 2011 lists the pressure change method but the manual for 2012 does not.
I was unaware of the add/subtract pressure method, until I found a demonstration on Youtube.
I rotated my tires this weekend, tried the method, and it worked fine. I don't know what all the fuss is about. The whole deal from start tro finish, including the rotation, took about an hour.
With the price of gas, and the hastle of going to the dealer or a tire shop, the hour spent was well worth it. I hate anyone working on my car, as they usually screw something up, and cause more problems than they solve. I have had lug nuts cross threaded or over tightened, valve caps left off, and tires inflated wrong. Doing this myself, lets me know it's right.
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I rotated my tires yesterday and hate to say this, the Deflating method did not work on my 2012 ECO. I tried multiple times. So now I have 2 options: 1) Take my car to the dealer and pay $20 dollars to rematch the TPMS or 2) invest in the tool myself and in the long run save money.... I think option 2 is the best.
why is everyone so worried about resetting it in the first place. is everyone checking their tire pressure using the dic before they drive?? if you dont relearn the tires and there is a problem with a tire, wouldnt it just show the wrong tire. wounldnt you get out of your car and look at all the tires and see whats up?? wouldnt you notice the car driving different with a low or flat tire. i put "summer" after market rimms on my 07 tahoe and i saved the 400 bucks they wanted to charge me to add tpms. i can live with the little tire light on for 7 months.
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https://gmspecialservicetools.spx.com/ToolDetails.aspx?id=5677

This tool works like a charm! 3 tire rotation and it's paid off. Super easy to use.
Are tpms compatible with other wheels/tires? If I get after market wheels, will I need to get different ones?
...you'll need the GM "in-the-wheel" sensors to be compatible, but you can get used ones at Junk Yards...just verify the P/N's and compatibility.
Thanks cuda but how about transferring the ones I currently have on my stockies over to after market?
I tried the deflation method to retrain my sensors yesterday and it was a big failure. The horn beeped on the first tire but nothing on the second and when I looked at the dash it said "Service Tire Pressure Monitoring System". I tried it a second time and I couldn't even get it to beep for the first tire. All the readings were solid dashes. I had to take it to the dealer and get them to reset it with the tool.
I did mine this weekend (2012 1LT) using the deflation method, worked fine. Initiated the relearn process, then did all 4 tires until the horn honked. When I finished the final tire, it honked twice and said it was done. Couldn't be easier and took less than 5 minutes. Took longer to air up the tires again :)
...here's prior posting about a lower cost ($62) alternative TPMS tool:

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/12-w...pms-new-tool-only-62-manual-relearn-gone.html
Just my tool on order so I can get my **** tpms rematched. The dealer wants to charge $20 dollors so guess this will be a great investment.
Hmm my 2011 does this fine, cant seem to get my 2012 to corporate.
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