Maybe Cadillac CS can chime in on this question. Difficult to understand why the procedure has worked on previous model years without a tool and now you need one.
Owners manuals are not known for accuracy. My enclave manual contains a few procedures and diagrams that are clearly carryover from the rainier
OK, hadn't driven the Wagon since I reset the tire monitor two days ago. I assumed it had taken when I got two beeps on the last tire. I just took it out for a 15 mile drive. No more "service the tire monitor" message. I believe the bleeding tire method and no reset tool does work, at least on my 2011.
As far as what I was wondering regarding your owner's manual, I was being just the slightest bit optimistic and giving GM just the slightest bit of hope that maybe , just maybe, they got it right this one time & put the right manuals with the vehicle. I know, just about as much chance as pigs flying (I love that TV commercial with the pig......weeeeeeeeeeeee) Yes, it's been a long day....
A guess would be that GM legal doesn't want to encourage people to partially deflate their tires then drive around looking for a service station.
Very interesting thread! I'm sorry to hear about the reset confusion and owners manual issues that were mentioned, but I wanted to thank you for that important feedback. I'm happy to help where I can, so please feel free to private message me or email me anytime.
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I checked with the GM special tool supplier that sells the TMPS reset tool (EL -50448), Kent-Moore, ordered one for 62 bucks, Unfortunately,wouldn't you know it, BACKORDERED until June!!!
I broke down and ordered the $62 reset tool from SPX. I had to call and place the order over the telephone. A little strange these days but no big deal as long as you know the part number of the tool you want--they're not there to help you -- only to take your order! Really no problem. It took 3 months to get the tool because they were back ordered. But suddenly it arrived. Not much communication from SPX during those 3 months but it was the correct tool.
Works great. Took all of about 2 minutes to reset the TPMS. Now with winter approaching I will use it again for the winter tires. For $62 bucks plus shipping -- worthwhile.
Thanks, ill give this another look
One really stupid question. Given how common TPMS Is now, shouldn't this be something the apes at the tire places be able to do?
FYI, having becomed concerned that the TPM sensors on my 2009 CTS-V were not assigned properly, and because the owner's manual did specify the tire bleed-down procedure as the method to use, I bled off the right front tire until I received a beep and having determined that the correct wheel was assigned, I quit. I reinflated the tire and the tire symbol in the dashboard remained on. I read the owner's manual and determined that an incomplete tire assignment would cause this. I restarted the assignment procedure, took it to completion, and all was OK.
Now my 2009 CTS-V does give the tire bleed-down procedure and it works. My 2013 CTS-V owner's manual specifies to use the tool and does not give the bleed-down procedure. Whether the bleed-down procedure works or not remains to be seen (my wife has not been home with the 2013 CTS-V enough for me to try it). Also, I don't want to get the tire low/high indication in the dash and not be able to turn it off. The "tool" before was simply a strong magnet and five or more of the Radio Shack circular magnets, which would fit over the tire valve stem, would work quite well. Does the strong magnet "tool" still work?
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If I was one of those "apes" I'd probably tell you to go get bent.Originally Posted by MikeG-V