Although checking your tires for pressure is one of the most common acts of maintenance that is a part of car ownership, it can still be stressful. Car warning lights occasionally vary based on the make, model, and year of the car you are driving. In most cases, if there is a situation where you need to check the tire pressure of your Toyota Camry, a warning light will remind you to stop at the first accessible place to do so.
Toyota Camrys have a tire pressure warning system that indicates when the tire pressure of a Camry car is outside of the appropriate safe range. It is important to pay attention to the light and know what to do if it is displayed.
Read on to find out more about what the system does and how to care for your Toyota Camry. There are some common reasons to see the tire pressure warning light and several steps to take once it is displayed.
Toyota Camry Tire Pressure Warning Light
If you are new to driving a Toyota Camry, you may be unfamiliar with the tire pressure warning light system entirely. This system has been around for over 10 years and is mandated by law so every model of Toyota Camry you are driving will have some version of it. Tire pressure warning lights change based on the year of the Toyota Camry you are driving, but there are some important features to understand
- What they look like
- When they are displayed
- What to do if one appears
Newer Toyota Camrys will likely have a message on the screen telling you that your tire pressure is at a dangerous level. Older models have a dashboard light to send the message.
If the tire pressure warning light is on your dashboard, one of the most frequently used symbols of this, regardless of make and model, is that of a tire with an exclamation point on the front of it. This light is typically yellow or orange. Dashboard lights range in color, usually from green to red to indicate the amount of urgency they are portraying. Another common light to indicate tire pressure issues is the letters ‘TPWL.’
If the tire pressure warning light appears on your Toyota Camry, you should take it seriously and assume that at least one of your tires is at a dangerous level. Most gas stations will have a station for you to check the air pressure of your tires and provide extra air as needed.
Toyota Camry Low Tire Pressure Light Blinking
Typically, if there is an issue with your tire pressure detected by the monitoring system, the tire pressure indicator light will come on or a notice will flash on your screen. However, if the light comes on but is blinking, that does not necessarily indicate that you have low or out of sync pressure in one of your tires. Rather, it is usually a sign that the system is unable to detect the exact pressure of at least one tire.
Tire pressure monitoring systems run on batteries that are separate from the actual battery of your car. The blinking is a warning that the battery itself may be running low or malfunctioning. If your tire pressure warning light is blinking, it is possible that it is damaged and not able to detect the real air pressure of your tires. This is a safety concern so you can drive your Camry to a service station to have the battery examined.
Tire Pressure Light Won’t Go off Toyota Camry
It can be frustrating to drive a car with service lights on, especially if you know there is not a problem with the car and that the indicator is sending you false messages. If your Toyota Camry constantly has the tire pressure light on, but you have checked the pressure and know that this is a misreading, there are several potential issues and ways to fix the problem:
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- Replace the sensor
- Select appropriate tires
- Reset the tire pressure light
Be sure to take the indicator seriously, however, in case it is correct.
It is possible to replace the sensor for your tire pressure monitoring system without having to do any major work on the car. This is generally a relatively inexpensive service, and new cars are usually covered under warranties. Although some car experts may be able to do this on their own without professional help, it is recommended that you always get your Camry services by an expert to avoid additional damages.
If you recently had larger tires put on your Toyota Camry, it may be altering the way that the monitoring system detects air pressure. Switching back to the standard tires is one way to help keep the tire pressure warning system working smoothly.
If you have done everything possible and still the tire pressure warning light continues to show on your dashboard, it may be time to reset the light. H to reset it depends on the year of the Camry, but it should work instantaneously if you are able to manually reset the light.
How to Reset Tire Pressure Light on Toyota Camry
Some older models of Toyota Camry actually have a reset button that you can use if you have filled your tires with air and want to adjust the monitor accordingly. Reset buttons are typically to the right of the steering wheel or underneath the steering wheel depending on what year your car was made. If you have a model from 2013 or 2014, there is no reset button so you will have to drive your car up to 30 minutes for it to reset.
If you are going to reset the tire pressure light manually, you should be confident that the tire pressure of every tire is in the desired range. For a Toyota Camry, tires should be within 30-35 PSI. If you have located the switch to do so manually, you should press and hold it down. The tire pressure warning light will blink on your dashboard three times before it goes away. If it comes back later, you may need professional assistance.
Toyota Camry Tire Pressure Light Cold Weather
If there was recently cold weather that your car was exposed to, especially while parked overnight or for an extended period of time, this is a likely way for tire pressure to decrease in your tires. Cold weather affects tire pressure because
- Molecules contract
- Air pressure is variable depending on heat
- Many cars are unprotected from the elements
Air follows basic gaseous principals, and cold weather makes molecules contract. As the molecules of air become closer together in your Camry’s tires, they take up less space which causes the pressure to decrease.
Although the pressure is likely to decrease while this happens, the same amount of air is actually still in the tires. That means that once you are able to drive for a little, the tires moving quickly will heat up the air inside of them, and the molecules will expand out to their original size to increase the pressure back to where it was before. If you think this is why your tire pressure light is on, refrain from adding extra air to your tires.
When you are checking the pressure in your tires, it is important to do so when your car and tires are at the appropriate temperature. If you immediately pull off from a long drive and check your tire pressure, the reading will be higher than at rest because of the warmth from the tires. Ideally, if you have suspicions that your tire pressure is not where it should be, you should wait at least a few minutes for your car to cool before checking.
Toyota Camry Tire Pressure Display Not Working
The Toyota Camry has a tire pressure monitoring system in all of its cars because this is a legality that ensures more safety for drivers. If you are unaware of the tire pressure of your car, you are more likely to be in an accident for several reasons:
- Flat tires are more likely to occur
- Tires are more likely to explode
- Steering is more difficult
Low tire pressure or even a flat tire could go unnoticed longer without a tire pressure warning light. If your tire pressure display is not working, it is crucial to your driving experience, and that of people on the road around you, to get it fixed.
Low tire pressure causes heat to build up more rapidly in the tire. The heat is what causes tears, flats, and blowouts to be more likely. Tires are manufactured to withstand a certain amount of heat from friction with the road, but they have limits.
Steering difficulty occurs with low pressure tires because the bottoms of the tires are less round than ideal. This impacts the ability of the tire to roll easily and makes the driver struggle more to maintain control while turning.
If you are positive that your tire pressure monitoring system is not working, when you take your car to be inspected by a professional, you should try to manually inspect the tires as a precaution to ensure that there are noticeable flat tires or other tire damage that can make it safe for you to drive on the roads. When automated displays are not working, it is important to be extra careful until they are fixed.
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As always, however, it is important to be sure that the display issue is the problem and not human error. Once this is ensured, you can help you stay safe on the road by keeping your Camry up to date with inspections and driving it with caution.
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