What does the tire exclamation symbol mean on your Mazda?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Service, Tips & Tricks on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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How to reset the Mazda TPMS light

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Management System. It’s a system that tells you when one or more of your tires are underinflated. This is important as under inflation can lead to poorer fuel economy and even excess tire wear. Now you may want to know how to reset the Mazda TPMS light, but before you do, follow these steps.

man measuring tire pressureWhat should you inflate my Mazda tires to?

Every vehicle and even every Mazda is different, but luckily there is an easy place you can go to reference what your tire pressure levels should be. Open up your driver’s door and somewhere on the sill should be a sticker that gives you a lot of information including what your front and back tire pressures should be.

Remember, your TPMS light doesn’t tell you which tires are low, and it’s possible that more than one is low. Check all four tires and inflate them to the proper levels. If you over inflate, you can always let a little air out usually with the backside of your tire pressure gauge.

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If you don’t have a tire pressure gauge or a compressor, most gas stations will have one, or you can always go to your local Mazda dealership. If the problem is recurring, then you likely have a minor leak. You should take the car to your nearest Mazda service center. They can typically patch the leak relatively cheaply before it turns into a bigger problem.


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Turn the TPMS light off in your Mazda

Turning the light off is simple. All you have to do is hold in the TPMS button typically located to the left of your steering wheel. After holding it in for a few seconds, your car will let you know that it’s reset with a beep, and then you can release.

Now you may be tempted to just turn the light off as soon as it comes on, but do not do this. When you press the button, it resets the sensors. So if one or more of your tires is underinflated when you press the button, it will use the new reading as a baseline.

This means you could run your tire pressures dangerously low without even getting a notification. For your own safety, and for the fuel efficiency of your car and longevity of your tires, always check your tire pressure and inflate them properly before resetting your TPMS light.

 


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