How to Learn the TPMS on a Corvette C5


The C5 model of the Corvette was manufactured between the years of 1997 through 2004. The C5 Corvette is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitor System referred to as a TPMS. This system allows the driver to monitor the pressure of each tire from the instrument panel display. This information is very important since the C5 is not equipped with a spare tire; however, it is equipped with "run flat" tires which are engineered to run safely at 55 miles per hour for up to 200 miles. Follow these steps to reprogram your TPMS system.

Things You'll Need

  • Large magnet
  • Inflate the tires to their specified pressure. This information is printed on the side of the tires.

  • Turn the ignition key to the "On" position but do not crank the engine.

  • Press the "Reset" button on the Driver's Information Center (DIC) controls. This will clear any warning messages. The DIC is located on the right side of the instrument cluster.

  • Hold down then release the "Options" button until the display is blank.

  • Press and hold the "Reset" button down for three seconds.

  • Hold down then release the "Options" button until "Tire Training" is displayed.

  • Press and release the "Reset" button until "Learn L Front Tire" is displayed.

  • Place a large magnet over the valve stem on the left front tire. The horn will sound when the sensor has been synced with the monitoring system.

  • Repeat the process in Step 8 on the front right tire, left rear tire and right rear tire when prompted on the display. The horn will sound twice on the last tire sensor, indicating that the system programming is complete.

  • Turn off the ignition.

  • Test the system by pressing the "Gauges" button while driving. You must be traveling over 15 miles per hour for the system activate.

Tips & Warnings

  • A TPMS tool is available from dealers and aftermarket suppliers, but a large magnet will do the same thing.
  • Reset the TPMS sensors after every tire rotation. Failure to do this will result in incorrect location information displaying on the DIC.

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