How to re-synchronize Tire Pressure Monitoring System in your VW ID.3

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Tires are (unfortunately) an often-forgotten but essential part of your car. Drivers all too easily take these readily-available rubber rings for granted.
Keeping them at the optimal pressure is vital for road safety. Failure to do so could lead to damage to your wheels, steering, and suspension. In serious instances, it can lead to sudden blowouts, which could be fatal when moving at high speeds.
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is found on almost all modern cars. This uses sensors to check tire pressures and alerts you to any potential problems.
Before beginning, it’s worth buying an in-car 12-Volt air compressor. You should at the very least have a manual tire pressure gauge with you at all times.
This article will explain how to re-synchronize the TMPS on a VW ID.3. Read your owner’s manual for the most relevant and model-specific information.

What is the VW Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on the ID.3?

There are two types of TPMS:

  • Direct
  • Indirect

Direct TMPS uses a metal valve with an in-built pressure sensor. This feeds live information back to the ECU. If a loss in pressure is detected, the warning light will illuminate.
Indirect TMPS utilizes the pre-existing ABS sensors. When a tire loses pressure, it encounters more resistance – more of the rubber ‘sticks’ to the road, if you like. This means it doesn’t turn as fast as the wheel on the other axle.
When the sensors notice this change, the light illuminates. This system is easy to use and cheaper but often throws up false warnings. It’s still better to be safe than sorry; check your tires if you see the light!
The VW ID.3 uses indirect TMPS.

What are the recommended VW ID.3 Tire Pressure levels?

For information on the tire pressures for your ID.3:

  • Check your owner’s manual; or
  • Look in the driver or passenger door sill.

Don’t read the pressures from the tires themselves. These are the maximum levels the rubber can handle under generic circumstances and are completely unrelated to your ID.3.
You should check your ID.3’s tire pressures on a regular basis. Every week or two is generally recommended. You shouldn’t ever leave it for longer than a month.
By doing this, you’re less likely to find a tire reaching a dangerously low pressure or tread depth.
The TPMS doesn’t always work, although it’s fairly reliable. It’s no replacement for good, basic car maintenance.

Why does the TPMS light come on in my ID.3?

The TPMS light is an icon with a “!” in the center of a tire cross-section. It looks a bit like a horse-shoe to some people.
The ID.3 Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning light comes on when the car notices a difference in rotational speed across an axle.
This could mean you have a:

  • Puncture
  • Tear
  • Leaking valve
  • Poor bead seal
  • Naturally low-pressure tire after months of neglecting to top up air

It could also be a false warning. Wheels rotate at different speeds for various reasons, and these could account for the light coming on. There could also be a sensor problem.

What should you do if VW tire pressure light comes on?

If the ID.3’s TPMS warning light illuminates, follow the steps below:

  • If you have an in-car tire pump, pull over at the next safe location (away from any main roads or highways).
  • If you don’t have an in-car gauge or compressor, pull over at the next gas station with a pump.

Next, you’ll need to:

  1. Ensure you’re in a safe location with the parking brake on.
  2. Check your owner’s manual for the correct tire pressures.
    • You’ll also find these on the door frame.
  3. Take the tire pressure gauge (or pump itself) and attach it to the valve as per the instructions.
    • Sometimes, in serious cases, it’s obvious that a tire is flat. You should still check all tires in case others are also low.
  4. Pump the tire up to the recommended tire pressure.
  5. Resynchronize the TPMS readings in the car’s settings.
    • Switch the ignition on.
    • Go to Vehicle.
    • Tap Vehicle (on the left).
    • Open Tires.
    • Press SET.
    • Choose OK.

After about 20 minutes of driving, the system should automatically learn the new values anyway.
If the light remains on, see if it goes out after this time has elapsed. If not, you should recheck the tire pressures.
You might need to follow the instructions below if you find a serious flat tire or puncture.

What to do if you find a puncture or severely low VW ID.3 tire pressures

You might find that a tire is dangerously flat. In this case, don’t pump it up. The damage has already been done and the rubber/wire structure is compromised and dangerous.
Instead, you should either:

  • Fit the spare wheel; or
  • Call for breakdown assistance.

Never take chances with your tires! They’re literally your car’s only connection to the road, so if something goes wrong, it can be extremely precarious.
Read your owner’s manual for the most relevant information. Here’s a copy of one for the ID.3.

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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