Subaru Outback: How To Reset The TPMS

If the Tire Pressure Management System in the Subaru Outback is not working properly, you may have to reset the system. Follow the uncomplicated steps below to re-initialize the TPMS.

First, Check the Recommended Air Levels Needed

  • Refer to the Manufacturer’s Sticker located on the inside of the Driver’s door.  
  • Make sure the spare has the correct amount of air as well.

To Reset the Warning Light Perform the following two steps:

  1. Fill each tire to the recommended PSI/Air Pressure Levels. Do not forget the spare. Normally 32lbs in the Front tires and 30lbs in the Back. 
  2. Drive the vehicle for 25/mph or more for a few minutes.

TIP: The TPMS warning light in your Subaru Outback 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.

*FACT! Always keep a tire pressure gauge close by to check your tires just in case the warning light comes on again. 

**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.

5 thoughts on “Subaru Outback: How To Reset The TPMS”

  1. This didn’t work for me. What I did is over inflate tires by 5 psi and then drove it. Light went out after 1/4 mile. Went back and set pressure to mfg settings. Works fine.

    • Thank you John I did just what you said and the light went off before I got the main road! This had been bothering me for over a week.

  2. My Outback 2020: Using the info paddle on the steering column, dashboard display shows each tire’s pressure. But thanks for the helpful hint to go out and buy a $35k car that has that capability.


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