Using the Mazda Tire Pressure Monitoring System

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda Technology, Service on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 3:55 pm
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Maintaining proper tire pressure levels is a key part of regular vehicle maintenance.

How Does the Mazda Tire Pressure Sensor Work?

Proper tire inflation is a part of vehicle maintenance often overlooked by vehicle owners. Ensuring that your tires are filled to the proper levels is significant, however, and can keep you safe on the road while extending the longevity of your tires. To make sure the tire pressure monitoring system in your Mazda vehicle is reading the tires PSI correctly, you may wonder, how does the Mazda tire pressure sensor work?

The monitoring system works to detect low tire pressure in any of the vehicle’s tires. If this should happen, the system will alert you to this fact by displaying a lit icon in the instrument cluster. If this happens, it is important to check your vehicle’s tire pressure right away and ensure they are inflated to the proper levels, or you can schedule a service appointment online with Mazda of Lodi technicians.

Whenever you adjust the tire pressure in any of your vehicle’s tires, it is necessary to set the tire pressure monitoring system so that your vehicle knows what is considered a normal pressure level. This action should also take place after a tire rotation, tire replacement, or when the vehicle’s battery dies or is replaced.

Setting the tire pressure sensor is easy. Simply park the vehicle with the parking brake on. Make sure the tires have had time to cool down, and then adjust the tire pressure to the necessary level on each tire. Once the tires have been inflated, switch the ignition on and hold down the tire pressure sensor “SET” button until the tire pressure warning light flashes twice and a beep is heard.

Answering your Mazda questions such as, how does the Mazda tire pressure sensor work, is what we do here at Mazda of Lodi, so stay tuned to the Mazda of Lodi blog for more helpful information. Also see our tips for determining when to get new tires. Now that you know how to use the tire pressure monitoring system, you can have peace of mind on the road. For other maintenance concerns, feel free to contact us.

33 Responses to “Using the Mazda Tire Pressure Monitoring System”

  1. Steven says:

    Just bought a new 2016 CX-5. My selling dealer could not tell me if the TMPS system works off of pressure sensors in the wheels, or if it uses the ABS sensors to detect low tire pressure (by measuring if a wheel is spinning faster due to the tire shrinking when tire pressure is lower). I thought it was strange that there is a button on the dash to reset the TPMS; it would seem to me that the system has preset values (or pressures) that it always measures against. At least that is how my Honda, Infiniti, Lexus and Toyotas all worked – I never had to reset anything, but I know each had a pressure sensor in each wheel (or was integrated with the tire stem).

  2. Tuan says:


    I bought Mazda 6 2.0 2015. I would like to install OEM TPMS but I have no information about that system. Please, have look at that and give advises.


  3. Bill Clay says:

    “hold down the tire pressure sensor “SET” button”

    It would have been a little helpful if you showed where this button is, you think?

  4. Rich says:

    I have a ’16 6 Touring, and someone had gashed my tire while I was at work…the TPMS never came on until after I had put on the spare…How does the system detect a low tire? I asked my local dealer and they didn’t know. What would it work for the different radius of a factory spare, and not for a complete flat tire?

  5. Ron says:

    We have a new 2016 Mazda 6GS. We live in Canada where it gets cold. Since installing snow tires in November we have had three alarms from the tire sensor system. Each time it has been returned to the dealer and the pressures checked to within a pound of each other and in the latest case 4 pounds under on all wheels. The weather turned this week from the teens to below freezing. (Centigrade) Is this our future? Constant aggravation from this system which to me after 60 years of driving is a total waste of money. Is there any way to turn this dumb system off or alternatively widening its range of operation from the 3 Lbs it is at present. Like one of your other respondents it would be nice to know where the “reset” or “calibration” button is located. The dealer called up something on the GUI/GPS system to cancel the alarm. I see no actual “button” anywhere. I am firmly convinced that this is a fault in the design of this system. Are we going to have to reset this thing every 10,000 Km when we rotate our tires and twice a year when we change from summer to winter tires.

    • David says:

      I have a 2013 Mazda CX5 with a tire pressure system. “Often” after tire rotation the warning light will come on. Dealer says: With transmission in park
      position push and hold the re-set button until it beeps. Then drive continuously (no turns or stops, so do this just before getting onto a highway) for about 15 to 20 min.
      My dealer inflates with a “gas” instead of air so there is less pressure flucation.

    • harry rabkin says:

      why not use nitrogen for inflation? Its not affected by temperature. where i work, we charge $5 a tire to inflate with nitrogen.

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    • Dawn C Chesser says:

      Every time I have my tires rotated I have to check the pressure and reset myself (except dealer) I have asked several of them if they are aware that its there and do they know they have to reset to which of course they reply oh yes we are aware of it and will take care of it, every time I have left and boom on comes the sensor so I have checked my own pressure and reset very easy but good lord you would think that a mechanic would know that they have to reset….nope not the case~!

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  9. Harload Reed says:

    Setting aside a few time for your valuable car will not be considered as a waste of time. Checking the tire pressure regardless of brand and model of the car before going somewhere is often suggested by experts. Though the article has focused on Mazda car, I am recording here my opinions on all cars including the Japanese automaker. The monitoring system in vehicle warns the riders on low pressure in any of its tires. As soon as you notice it, you have to find a trusted garage to fix the issues along with all kinds of problems.

  10. Savannah says:

    I have the 2017 mazda6 grand touring and was wondering does it have a tire pressure monitoring system?

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  14. Many car drivers do not think of maintaining right pressure in tires. But it largely affects the performance of the vehicle thereby impacting your driving experience. Before making a trip, the pressure is to be checked first. During summer and winter, such habits are mostly needed as excessive coldness or hotness leads to decrease or increase in internal temperature. Sometime, that even make them burst. If you are the owner of a Mazda car, it is also no different when it comes to check and maintain its pressure.

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  16. Ashlea says:

    Question : my tire pressure keeps fluctuating on my Mazda CX-5 setting the censor off and then I get it fixed so all tires are the same psi and then reset it. The next day it goes off again and I check the tires and all are the same? Anyone know why this would keep happening?

  17. John McEneaney says:

    The question I “Googled” was “HOW does the tyre-pressure monitoring WORK on the Mazda 3”, not “WHY is the TPMS fitted to the Mazda, which is what the explanation above is aimed at!

  18. Heretic says:

    I have a Mazda 3 2016. My local garage told me I have no sensors in my tires when I asked about it.
    So I guess the car uses an “indirect” tire pressure monitoring system (monitoring the rotation speed of the tire).
    Google for it for more info.

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  20. Mary Hanneman says:

    I’ve got a 2015 Mazda 3. Had a blow out in January. Light/beep goes off. Stays on with spare. Tire replaced and rotations done. Light stays on. Go back to Les Scwaub Tire and they reset and light goes off. Light has come back on 3-4 times even though tire pressure on all four tires is equal. Tire people say it’s due to the rotations on the new tire being different from the others. Their suggestion, buy 3 more new tires. Dah! They sell tires. The dealer simply reset the TPMS. After a few miles from dealer light goes on again. So now what? I’m not replacing 3 perfectly good tires to fix this. Ideas?

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  26. Claudelavoie says:

    Mazda cx5 2018 gt, no reset button for low pressure warning light. How do i reset?

  27. Sebastien says:

    To be conform in California, i need a TPMS on my mazda 3 2016( coming from Canada), i don’t have any button on my car!
    Can i install an extern system?

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