How to Check Tire Pressure on Your Honda Accord 2012

Maintaining proper tire pressure in your Honda accord 2012 is critical for fuel
efficiency, increased handling capabilities and prolonged tread life. To check tire
pressure, remove the valve cap and press an air pressure gauge evenly over its
valve stem opening until there is no hissing of air from it.
Fill your tires to the recommended pressure listed in your owner’s manual or on a
sticker inside of the driver’s door jamb label.

How to Check Tire Pressure on Your Honda Accord 2012
How to Check Tire Pressure on Your Honda Accord 2012

Check the Tire Pressure

As part of keeping your Honda Accord’s tires in top shape, regular air pressure
checks are vital for keeping them in good condition. The tire pressure light on the
instrument panel will alert you if any of your tires have low air pressure; to check
them with greater accuracy use a tire pressure gauge; just remove its cap, insert the
gauge into its valve stem, and read off its reading on your gauge!
If the pressure drops too low, inflate the tires back up to their recommended levels
and the warning light should go off. Underinflated tires cause vehicles to pull,
decrease gas mileage and wear out faster; keeping tires properly inflated ensures
you get optimal performance from your car while protecting you and your family on
the road. If the low tire pressure light keeps appearing repeatedly there may be
something amiss with your TPMS sensor or system that needs attention.

Reset the Low Tire Pressure Light

Honda Accords come equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that illuminate
a warning light when the tire pressure falls too low, serving as an important way of
avoiding flat tires and potentially flattened ones. If the light remains lit even after
inflating them fully, there may be something amiss with either sensor or system
TPMS that needs addressing immediately.
Your TPMS system can be reset by following the directions outlined in your owner’s
manual. Usually, this involves opening up the driver side door and using a tire
pressure gauge to check each wheel’s air pressure; it’s best to do this while the
vehicle is cold as its contents expand as the temperatures increase.
Start by connecting the HDS to the Data Link Connector (DLC) located below your
dashboard, turning ON your ignition switch, and following screen prompts on the
HDS to initialize sensors. Once complete, test-drive the vehicle at 28 mph for at least
one minute while monitoring your low pressure indicator to ensure it does not blink
during this process.

Replace the Tire Pressure Sensor

If the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light remains illuminated after
checking and resetting tire pressure, one or more sensors could be broken. The
Honda Accord comes equipped with tire pressure sensors in each wheel that monitor
air pressure within each tire, notifying drivers if there is low air pressure in any.
Unfortunately, batteries in these sensors eventually run down, necessitating
replacement to shut off the warning light for TPMS.
An experienced technician should find this task to be relatively straightforward when
equipped with the appropriate tools. A tire pressure gauge and TPMS sensor
initializer will be needed for this job, with each sensor housing its own battery which
should be disposed of according to local battery disposal guidelines.
Step one of TPMS sensor testing should involve following the prompts on an HDS and
initializing each sensor with an initializer tool such as the TPMS tool initializer tool.
After activating each of the sensors, technicians should be able to read their ID using
this TPMS tool and identify which needs replacing.

Refill the Tires

If the tire pressure sensor light on your Honda accord 2012 is still illuminated, this
indicates low air pressure in one or more tires. Simply inflate them up to their
recommended levels, drive a few miles, and the light should reset and go off again.
Tire pressure gauges provide the easiest and most accurate way to check tire
pressure. Before measuring, ensure the tires are cold (not recently driven). Unscrew
valve caps and press the gauge firmly against each valve stem – then compare its
reading with that listed in your owner’s manual or on a sticker inside your driver-side
door jamb.
Before embarking on any long journey, it is a smart idea to regularly inspect and
check your tires. Furthermore, having a spare and set of tools handy could come in
handy in the event of a flat tire.

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