Tyres

Tyre pressure monitoring (TM)*

Updated 7/23/2018

The TM (Tyre Monitor) system senses tyre rotation speed in order to determine whether the tyres have the correct tyre pressure. If the pressure is too low, the tyre's diameter is changed and, as a result, so is the rotation speed. By comparing the tyres with each other the system can determine whether one or more tyres have pressure that is too low.

Messages

If the tyre pressure is too low then a warning lamp () illuminates in the combined instrument panel and one of the following messages is shown:

  • Tyre pressure low Check front right tyre
  • Tyre pressure low Check front left tyre
  • Tyre pressure low Check rear right tyre
  • Tyre pressure low Check rear left tyre
  • Tyre pressure low Check tyres
  • Tyre pressure system Service required

Important

If a fault occurs in the TM system the warning lamp in the combined instrument panel will flash for approx. 1 minute and then illuminate with a constant glow. A message is also shown in the combined instrument panel.

The system does not replace normal tyre maintenance.

TM recalibration

In order for TM to work correctly, a reference value for the tyre pressure must be determined. This must be performed each time the tyres are changed or the tyre pressure is changed.

Recalibration

            

Settings are made using the centre console's controls, see MY CAR.

Switch off the ignition.

Inflate the tyres to the desired pressure in accordance with the tyre pressure label on the driver's side door pillar (between front and rear doors) and select key position II, see Key positions - functions at different levels.

Select the menu system MY CAR to open the menus for tyre monitoring.

Select Calibrate tyre pressure and press OK.

Start and drive the car.

Recalibration is carried out while the car is being driven and can be interrupted at any time. If the engine is switched off while recalibration is in progress then it is resumed when the car is driven again.

TM is then recalibrated and the new reference value applies until steps 1-5 are carried out again.

Note

Remember that the TM system must be recalibrated at each tyre change or if the tyre pressure is changed. If new reference values are not stored then the system cannot function properly.

Note

  • After a tyre has been inflated, always refit the dust cap in order to avoid damage to the valve from gravel, dirt, etc.
  • Only use plastic dust caps. Metal dust caps can rust and become difficult to unscrew.

System and tyre status

          

The current status of the system and the tyres can be checked, see MY CAR.

Select the menu system MY CAR to open the menus for tyre monitoring.

Select Tyre monitoring.

The status is colour-coded for each tyre in accordance with the following:

  • All-green: the system is operating normally and the tyre pressure in all tyres is slightly above the recommended level.
  • Yellow wheel: corresponding tyre's pressure is too low.
  • All wheels yellow: two or more tyres have pressure that is too low.
  • All wheels grey: the system is temporarily unavailable. It may be necessary to drive the car for a few minutes at a speed above 30 km/h before the system becomes active again.
  • All wheels grey and the message Tyre pressure system Service required: an error has occurred in the system. Contact a Volvo dealer or workshop.

Clearing warning messages

If a tyre pressure message has been shown and the TM warning lamp has been illuminated:

Check the tyre pressure on the indicated tyre/tyres with a tyre pressure gauge.

Inflate the tyre/tyres to the correct pressure in accordance with the tyre pressure label on the driver's side door pillar (between front and rear doors).

Recalibrate the TM system.

Note

  • The TM system uses a so-called compensated pressure value, based on both tyre temperature and ambient temperature. This means that the tyre pressure may differ slightly from the recommended pressures listed on the tyre pressure label on the driver's side door pillar (between front and rear doors). For this reason, it may be necessary to inflate the tyres to a slightly higher pressure in order to clear a low tyre pressure message.
  • To avoid incorrect tyre pressure, the pressure should be checked on cold tyres. "Cold tyres" means the tyres are the same temperature as the ambient temperature (approx. 3 hours after the car has been driven). After a few kilometres of driving, the tyres warm up and the pressure increases.

Warning

  • Incorrect tyre pressure may lead to tyre failure, which could result in the driver losing control of the car.
  • The system cannot indicate sudden tyre damage in advance.

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