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Toyota Highlander Tire Pressure Monitor System

I just bought a 2008 Highlander. I'm thrilled with the quality of the vehicle so far. This model has a tire pressure monitor system which I can't seem to reset. I've set the pressure in all tires at 34psi and 44 for the spare, and the indicator light will not go out. I press the reset button and the indicator light never blinks to indicate that a reset is in progress. My dealer can't help. Anybody have a clue?


  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    It's in the manual at least in my 2001. You have to set the ignition to on and keep the button pushed until the light blinks 3 times. Believe me a lot of times the light never blinked. Oh yeah stay on flat surface while doing this.
  • Thanks gunga64! Ignition on but the car engine running or not? My manual is incredibly unclear on this.
  • I finally figured out that it has to be done with the engine NOT running, just the key in the "On" position.

    I have a 2007 and the manual is really not clear about this feature. It took me a long time to just find the switch, the graphic in the manual made absolutely no sense!
  • rexhrexh Posts: 1
    I have had the same problem finding the tire pressure system reset bottom. would you share the location you found this button. thank you
  • It's about 6 inches to the right of the hood release, but further back/under the plastic panel. I can't see it, but I can feel the button. I'm sorry I can't describe its location better.

    I hope this helps.
  • On the 08 model the button is just to the right of the steering column at the very bottom of the edge of the interior molding. the button faces downwards so unless you get on the floor and look up you won't be able to see it. It's recessed slightly into the plastic molding.
  • byumgrbyumgr Posts: 14
    I have a 2005 Highlander Limited. The light came on the other day. Checked all tires which were in need of replacement anyway which I did yesterday. The light is still on and following the reset procedure, I still cannot get it to reset. The light doesn't even blink. Any suggestions?
  • I have a idiot light for my Tire Pressure Monitor System that will not reset. I found a possible TSB dated Dec 4, 2006 - TIRE PRESSURE WARNING SYSTEM LIGHT ON. But I cannot find a description not even a summary of what the problem is except a site called: that wants to charge me for the description. Is there not a place a person can go to for a further description of a TSB without being charged for it? Thank you. Mike.
  • byumgrbyumgr Posts: 14
    I have a 2005 Highlander which I just had the tires replaced. As I was reviewing the bill of sale I noticed that all 4 tubeless value stems were replaced also. What I want to know is the tire pressure monitor system still going to function properly even though they replaced the value stems as I believe the tire pressure warning system (transmitter) is inside of the rim.
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 314
    2005 uses ABS sensors to measure speed differences among tires,there is no connection to the rim or tire.
  • byumgrbyumgr Posts: 14
    Ok what about the spare tire? My low low tire pressure light came on and it ended up being the spare tire that was low. Once filled to the proper psi the light went out. So does this mean that the spare tire has the direct sensors in the rim?
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 314
    No sensor in spare.
  • byumgrbyumgr Posts: 14
    My light came on and the dealer checked the spare, inflated it to proper psi and the light went out.
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 314
    Only 2008 Highlanders have sensors that directly measure tire pressure. All previous years do not have direct tire monitor.
  • rzepa1rzepa1 Posts: 55
    I just had a flat and repalced it with spare. I am planning on fixing the flat and making it a spare. From what I am reading here, I am getting conflicting info as I am not sure whether the spare has TPM sensor..the spare is identical tire on indentical rim so I would think it does. Any ideas ?
  • flm1flm1 Posts: 1
    Only the '08 measures pressure directly, including the spare.

    Prior Highlanders sense low pressure by monitoring the ABS wheel rotation sensors. They do not monitor the spare.
    My '05 is indicating low pressure every other week for no apparent reason. A manual check of pressures indicate all within 2 lbs. : (
  • Just purchased a 08 highlander Sport and after looking at the quality of the tires and finding out they are only made by two companies(only 3 tires available), I have decided to get rid of the 19" and buy new 17" rims(like are available on the basic model). Many more higher quality tires are available for 17" rims. Does anyone know how the TPM is attached to the toyota rim? are they moveable or do you have to buy new sensors when you switch rims? Also could they be removed and "reset to 0psi" and just stored in the car for the duration of ownership. Spent 50 years watching my own tire pressure, believe I can still handle that.... ;) Thanks
  • hjehje Posts: 1
    After reading several discussions under the Highlander SUV threads, I could not find anything that addressed this specific issue. (Pardon me if there was a topic and I missed it!)

    I just replaced the tires on my 2005 Highlander limited with Goodyear Fortera Triple Treds, 225/65R17. So far I am completely satisifed with the handling and comfort of these tires. However, I am having an issue with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

    Before I got home the first day, the TPM light appeared. I called the shop that installed the tires (Mr. Tires) and asked if they reset the TPM. They stated that it should have been done but to bring the car back. They rechecked the sensor, the air in the tires and drove it around a bit - no problems. The next day, I began a 200 mile trip. About half way, the light came on. We checked the tires, and there were sitting warm at 37-39psi. The light has remained on the entire duration of the trip.

    Upon returning, I contacted the shop again, and they asked me to check the tires cold - he said that the Forteras should be at about 32-34psi and it could be that there is more than a 10% difference between the tires which would trigger the TPM. This morning I checked and three are at 34psi, one is at 33psi.

    I cannot locate where the TPM is to try and reset it myself.

    Any thoughts on what is happening? And if anyone could please describe where the TPM reset is and how to do this, that would be great!
  • Do you have your factory owners manual? The procedure is written in there. Haven't got mine right handy, but it's pretty simple from what I recall.
  • 2004 highlander, turned key on, pushed reset button bottom of dash light went off, i didn't get the three flashes till i pushed the reset button a second time. wala no more light. hope this helps :)
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