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TPMS light on - Warranty and other Questions
My wife has a 2008 Accord LX with 25k miles on it.
Over the last few months the TPMS light (NOT the low pressure light, but the light that says "TPMS") has been on a few times. Finally last week it came on and stayed on.
About a month ago, I called the dealership and was told that this light meant low pressure in the tires. I said no, the manual says this light means a bad sensor or receiver. The service person said "well, sometimes, but sometimes its still low pressure."
I've checked the pressure in every tire and its 32lbs all the way around.
My wife set up an appointment for monday, to get this looked at.
1. Will this be covered under my warranty? I have the extended warranty through honda that covers all the electronic gadgets in the car.
I called the dealership and asked and was told "sometimes its under warranty, we have to inspect the part"
I said "Do you mean if its damaged, it won't be warrantied, but if it just went bad, it will?"
To which the service manager said "maybe, it depends."
I really don't feel too great about this response.
Is this a common problem in these cars? I don't see any damange on the valve stems or around them on the tires. Is there any other way they could have been damaged?
I advised my wife if they tried to tell her it was damaged, to request to see it and compare it to a new one.
2. Can I rotate the tires without affecting the TPMS system?
3. We are leaving on thursday for about a 500 mile trip. Is the car safe to drive with no TPMS system, as long as the tires are inflated properly?
I read on here in one thread that someone was insisting that the car could retard the engine when the TPMS system is bad? This is my first vehicle (although 3rd accord) with a TPMS system, and so far its been more of a pain than anything.