Ford Explorer: How To Reset The TPMS

If the Tire Pressure Management System on the Ford Explorer is not working properly, you may have to reset the system. Follow these steps to re-initialize the TPMS.

The light indicator is a notification to warn you of significantly low air pressure or high-pressure loss in your tires and is NOT to be ignored, as low pressure affects the vehicles overall performance such as: 

  • How the vehicle drives. 
  • Increases the need for fuel. 
  • Tire failure. 

First, Check the Recommended Air Levels Needed

  • Refer to the Manufacturer’s Sticker located on the inside of the Driver’s door. 

For Vehicles with Push Start

To Reset the Warning Light Perform the following steps:

  1. Fill each tire to the recommended PSI/air pressure levels, including the spare. 
  2. Set your Brake (Optional but Safe). 
  3. Press the Start button without starting the engine.
  4. Press the HAZARD button 3 times or until the horn BEEPS. The dash screen should display TRAIN LEFT FRONT TIRE.
  5. Using a writing PEN or the device of your choice, RELEASE some air out of the DRIVER’s side tire FIRST until the horn BEEPS. Be patient as this could take up to 30 seconds for each tire.  
  6. Do the exact same for ALL the tires in this order- Driver, Front Passenger, Right Rear, then Left Rear.   

Thereafter, the dash screen should read TRAINING COMPLETE. If not, start the process again from the beginning.

If TRAINING COMPLETE is displayed, refill each tire to the recommended PSI level once more to finalize your TPMS reprogramming! 

The TPMS warning light on your Ford Explorer should be cleared. However, if the light remains illuminated, keep in mind after tires are inflated/deflated, the outdoor temperature affects how fast the air in the tires will adjust to the proper temperature, this could take a day, 2 or 3, simply be patient and give the tires time to adjust. In addition, if the tire pressure warning light stays illuminated past a week, take it to a repair shop as they may reprogram the system with a professional tool, without a fee. If reprogramming fails, there could possibly be a sensor issue or a tire puncture. 

**NOTE: If you are unable to Reset the Tire Pressure Warning Light on the first try, REPEAT the steps. If you are still unsuccessful, contact the dealership for assistance or consult your vehicle user’s manual.


Using a Reset Tool/Machine

Some models may require you to use a TPMS Reset Tool (or you could use a magnet in the same way). In that case, follow these steps.

  1. Inflate all tires to the recommended PSI levels. Usually, it is 40 PSI. Be sure to include your spare.
  2. Set your Brake (Optional but Safe). 
  3. With your vehicle in the OFF position, press and release the BRAKE pedal.
  4. Turn the key from the OFF to the ON position three times ending in the ON position. (Do not switch on the engine). 
  5. Press and release the BRAKE pedal again.
  6. Once more, turn the key from the OFF to the ON position three times ending in the ON position.
  7. If steps 3-6 were completed correctly, the horn will HONK once.
  8. Place the TPMS Reset Tool on the LEFT FRONT tire wall near the air stem and scan the sensor until the HORN BEEPS.
  9. Place the TPMS Reset Tool on the RIGHT FRONT tire wall near the air stem and scan the sensor until the HORN BEEPS.
  10. Place the TPMS Reset Tool on the RIGHT BACK front tire wall near the air stem and scan the sensor until the HORN BEEPS.
  11. Place the TPMS Reset Tool on the LEFT BACK tire wall sensor near the air stem and scan the sensor until the HORN BEEPS.

Start the engine, the warning light should be OFF!

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