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    TPM warning screen triggering at every vehicle start up

    Hi! I have a 2014 F33 and starting on Monday (two days ago) every time I start the car, the TPM comes up on the iDrive screen. The message is displays is, "Check tire pressure and correct if necessary. Afterwards, perform Tire Pressure Monitor reset (TPM)." Couple takeaways:

    1. The screen does not say that a specific tire needs air.
    2. I've run TPM reset probably three times and each time it comes back showing all tires are green (properly inflated)

    All I have to do is click "Ok" to make the screen go away so it is not a big deal but I am very confused as to why this is happening. For what it is worth, I am located in very northern, IL (it's pretty chilly here) but the car is stored in a garage maintained at, at least, 50 degrees. I thought the weather may have something to do with this but this does happen if it is in the garage or parked at the grocery store. Any help / thoughts would be appreciated!

    - Seth

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    Have you check your tire pressures with a gauge?
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    Maybe the TPM sensor batteries are dying...

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    Quote Originally Posted by khammack View Post
    Have you check your tire pressures with a gauge?
    Yeah, I have a gauge built into my air compressor hose. The car usually reads about 4.5 pounds of pressure less than what the gauge reads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visionaut View Post
    Maybe the TPM sensor batteries are dying...
    I was unaware the TPM senor had a battery. Do I have to replace the senor or can I replace the battery by itself? Weird that it would die after barely four years. Thanks for the input.

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    Yeah, TPM sensors each have a battery. It’s not changeable by itself - you have to replace the whole sensor in each wheel (it’s part of the valve stem assembly). The battery’s supposed to be good for 5-10 years, but it’s not unusual to get less especially in cold climates. When they start to die, you’ll get erratic TPMS check warnings even if pressure is ok.

    You need to get the EXACT TPM sensor model/type for your BMW. Most tire centers provide this TPM swap service, but typically it’s done when also getting a new set of tires. You’ll need to do a reset of the TPMS in your iDrive after so your car pairs with the new sensors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visionaut View Post
    Yeah, TPM sensors each have a battery. Itís not changeable by itself - you have to replace the whole sensor in each wheel (itís part of the valve stem assembly). The batteryís supposed to be good for 5-10 years, but itís not unusual to get less especially in cold climates. When they start to die, youíll get erratic TPMS check warnings even if pressure is ok.

    You need to get the EXACT TPM sensor model/type for your BMW. Most tire centers provide this TPM swap service, but typically itís done when also getting a new set of tires. Youíll need to do a reset of the TPMS in your iDrive after so your car pairs with the new sensors.
    Cool. Thanks for the info. I searched FCP Euro for TPM sensors for my car but they only had 3/2014 or earlier listed ... I'll have to call BMW and get the part number for my VIN. Appreciate the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spedracr15 View Post
    Hi! I have a 2014 F33 and starting on Monday (two days ago) every time I start the car, the TPM comes up on the iDrive screen. The message is displays is, "Check tire pressure and correct if necessary. Afterwards, perform Tire Pressure Monitor reset (TPM)." Couple takeaways:

    1. The screen does not say that a specific tire needs air.
    2. I've run TPM reset probably three times and each time it comes back showing all tires are green (properly inflated)

    All I have to do is click "Ok" to make the screen go away so it is not a big deal but I am very confused as to why this is happening. For what it is worth, I am located in very northern, IL (it's pretty chilly here) but the car is stored in a garage maintained at, at least, 50 degrees. I thought the weather may have something to do with this but this does happen if it is in the garage or parked at the grocery store. Any help / thoughts would be appreciated!

    - Seth
    Did you "Check tire pressure and correct if necessary. Afterwards, perform Tire Pressure Monitor reset (TPM).​"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex2670 View Post
    Did you "Check tire pressure and correct if necessary. Afterwards, perform Tire Pressure Monitor reset (TPM).​"?
    Please see #2 in my original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spedracr15 View Post
    Hi! I have a 2014 F33 and starting on Monday (two days ago) every time I start the car, the TPM comes up on the iDrive screen. The message is displays is, "Check tire pressure and correct if necessary. Afterwards, perform Tire Pressure Monitor reset (TPM)." Couple takeaways:

    1. The screen does not say that a specific tire needs air.
    2. I've run TPM reset probably three times and each time it comes back showing all tires are green (properly inflated)

    All I have to do is click "Ok" to make the screen go away so it is not a big deal but I am very confused as to why this is happening. For what it is worth, I am located in very northern, IL (it's pretty chilly here) but the car is stored in a garage maintained at, at least, 50 degrees. I thought the weather may have something to do with this but this does happen if it is in the garage or parked at the grocery store. Any help / thoughts would be appreciated!

    - Seth
    This a fairly old post, but I'll give my 2 cent's worth also. You may have replaced your TPM sensors by now.

    I had a similar car, a 2013 3 series. When I drove from a warm area to a cold area I would get a similar warning of some sort. I do not recall what it said. I would check the tire, and yes, it was down maybe 2 lbs from the recommended and last re-set PSI. I would not expect only 2 lbs would be sensed as a low tire. I finally figured that TPM unit was just super sensitive. Now cold air contracts, so my guess was as I left a warmer area, the psi decreased enough to trigger the warning. Sounds like that might be what you are experiencing going from a warm garage to a very cold outside.

    As long as I did not drive that day from a warm to a cold area, I never got that warning.
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