I'm going to try again tomorrow when I can get the truck into the garage and not have the sun beating against one side of it. Believe it or not, this affects the pressure by 1-2 lbs! Hopefully I'll get it to work because I really don't want to go to the dealer just for something I should be able to fix myself!
I do want to find out a bit more about this OTC TPMS 3833 tool, where to get it and how much it costs. Sounds like it would be a worthwhile investment if it's not too outraguosly priced because it sounds like it could really simplify this process!
I found this on the H3 Forum, Im going to give it a try tomorrow and see what happens. Looks to be the same as in the owner's manual, but I may try the light switch thing too if I can't get it working.
try this procedure by inflating tires to 40 psi and then do the manual reset precedure by airing down your tires. this procedure works better than using the gm tpm tool.
Tire Pressure Sensor Learn
J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Diagnostic Tool.
Learn Mode Description
The Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) system uses the body control module (BCM), exterior lamp switch, 4 RF transmitting pressure sensors and the serial data circuit to perform the TPM learn mode functions. The sensor learn procedure must be performed after every tire rotation, BCM replacement, or sensor replacement. Once the TPM learn mode has been enabled, each of the sensor's unique identification (Id) codes can be learned in to the BCM's memory. When a sensor's Id has been learned, the BCM sounds a horn chirp. This verifies the sensor has transmitted it Id and the BCM has received and learned it. The BCM must learn the sensor Ids in the proper order to determine correct sensor location. The first learned Id is assigned to the left front, the second to right front, the third to right rear and the fourth to left rear.
Important: The vehicles spare tire is equipped with a tire pressure sensor; however, the system does not monitor the spare tire pressure. Since the BCM is only capable of learning a total of 4 sensor Ids, any time the spare tire is installed in a rolling location on the vehicle, the SERVICE TIRE MONITOR and CHECK TIRE PRESSURE messages will be displayed on the DIC until the spare tire sensor ID is learned into the BCM‚€™s memory. Spare tire sensor ID is learned after driving the vehicle for more than 10 Minutes.
Sensor Functions using pressure increase/decrease method
Each sensor takes a pressure measurement sample once every 30 seconds while in stationary mode. If the tire pressure increases, or decreases by more than 1.6 psi from the last pressure measurement, another measurement will occur immediately to verify the change in pressure. If a pressure change has indeed occurred, the sensor transmits in re-measure mode. When the BCM receives a re-measure mode transmission while in TPM learn mode, it will assign that sensor's Id to the location on the vehicle relative to the order in which it was learned.
Sensor functions using J-46079
Each sensor has an internal low frequency (LF) coil. When the J-46079 TPM tool is used in activate mode it produces an LF transmission that activates the sensor. The sensor responds to a LF activation by transmitting in learn mode. When the BCM receives a learn mode transmission while in TPM learn mode, it will assign that sensor's Id to the location on the vehicle relative to the order in which it was learned.
Learn Mode Cancellation
The learn mode will cancel if more than 2 minutes have passed and no sensor have been learned, or if more than 5 minutes has passed for the entire procedure. If the learn mode is canceled before any Ids are learned, the BCM will remember all previously stored Ids and their locations. As soon as the BCM learns the first Id, all other Ids are erased from the BCM's memory.
Important: Before proceeding with the step below, ensure that no other sensor learn procedure is being performed simultaneously, or that tire pressures are not being adjusted on another TPM equipped vehicle within close proximity.
Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
Apply the parking brake.
Important: If the TPM learn mode cannot be enabled, ensure the TPM system is enabled in the BCM. Refer to Tire Pressure Monitor System Configuration .
Turn the exterior lamp switch from OFF to parking lamps 4 times within 4 seconds. A horn chirp will sound and the low tire pressure indicator will begin to flash indicating the learn mode has been enabled.
Caution: Over inflating tires may cause personal injury or damage to the tires and wheels. When increasing tire pressure do not exceed the maximum inflation pressure as noted on the tire sidewall.
Important: If a horn chirp does not sound after 35 seconds for any of the 4 sensors, turn the ignition OFF to exit the learn mode and repeat the procedure from step 1.
Starting with the left front tire, hold the antenna of the TPM tool against the tire sidewall close to the wheel rim at the valve stem location then press and release the activate button and wait for a horn chirp, or increase/decrease the tire pressure for 8-10 seconds then wait for a horn chirp. The horn chirp may occur before the 8-10 second pressure increase/decrease time period has been reached, or up to 30 seconds after the 8-10 second pressure increase/decrease time period has been reached.
After the horn chirp has sounded, proceed as in step 4 for the next 3 sensors in the following order:
After the LR sensor has been learned, turn OFF the ignition to exit the learn mode.
After the learn mode has been exited, adjust all tire pressures to the recommended psi. Refer to Label - Vehicle Certification, Tire Place Card, Anti-Theft and Service Parts ID in General Information.
Edited by Paul58, 16 September 2007 - 07:24 PM.
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