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I purchased a brand new 2011 Elite in early February 2011. As I drove home from the lot my TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) light came on and stayed on. I immediately drove back to the dealer service center. Initially they thought it was just tire pressure but quickly realized it was an actual error of the TPMS system. One of the techs said he has seen this on one other 2011 Odyssey and that it is triggered by smart cellular phone interference. He told me it would probably happen again if I used my cell phone in the van. So they reset the TPMS error and I turned off my cell and drove for 30 minutes with no issues. So then I turned my cell phone on, and still no issues for another 5 minutes. Then my wife called and at the exact moment my cell phone rang the TPMS went into error again.

So the service center tells me this is something they can't fix. They are waiting for a fix from Honda. When I submitted the case to Honda Corp Customer Care they say that this is not a "known issue" and that they are not actively working on a resolution for it.

My dealer insists that they have sold several Touring Elite's with reports of the same TPMS problem. 6 cases in Evansville, Indiana area. Honda Corp still does not acknowledge the issue. They tell me the dealer service center should be able to repair the issue (likely by replacing the TPMS receiver which connects to the ECU). But my dealer says they refuse to start throwing money at the problem because they believe Honda Corp will eventually acknowledge the problem and provide the best fix.

What shocks me is the lack of reports on the internet about this issue. It makes me wonder if this is really the epidemic that my dealer says it is or if it is a random defect like Honda Corp says it is.

We need for everyone who has the issue to report it at Safercar.gov so the US DOT can put pressure on Honda Corp to acknowledge the issue. I am starting to believe that Honda's answer to the problem will be "do not carry a smart phone into this vehicle - driver or passengers".

Here is the link to the complaint that I have filed:
Complaints - Search Results | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

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Like I said in the thread on the Low Battery Voltage light coming on frequently for the 2011s, this and the TPMS are "bell and whistles" that we could do without - especially as headaches versus benefits goes.

Expect to see an article on this subject in a future issue of Honda Service News.
 

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Do you use a bluetooth device? If you do, then that's probably what's causing the interference since the TPMS uses bluetooth technology to communicate wirelessly.
If you don't use a bluetooth headset, then I suggest you turn OFF the bluetooth connectivity option on your phone. This will prevent the bluetooth signals from being transmitted from your phone and interfering with the TPMS.


I purchased a brand new 2011 Elite in early February 2011. As I drove home from the lot my TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) light came on and stayed on. I immediately drove back to the dealer service center. Initially they thought it was just tire pressure but quickly realized it was an actual error of the TPMS system. One of the techs said he has seen this on one other 2011 Odyssey and that it is triggered by smart cellular phone interference. He told me it would probably happen again if I used my cell phone in the van. So they reset the TPMS error and I turned off my cell and drove for 30 minutes with no issues. So then I turned my cell phone on, and still no issues for another 5 minutes. Then my wife called and at the exact moment my cell phone rang the TPMS went into error again.

So the service center tells me this is something they can't fix. They are waiting for a fix from Honda. When I submitted the case to Honda Corp Customer Care they say that this is not a "known issue" and that they are not actively working on a resolution for it.

My dealer insists that they have sold several Touring Elite's with reports of the same TPMS problem. 6 cases in Evansville, Indiana area. Honda Corp still does not acknowledge the issue. They tell me the dealer service center should be able to repair the issue (likely by replacing the TPMS receiver which connects to the ECU). But my dealer says they refuse to start throwing money at the problem because they believe Honda Corp will eventually acknowledge the problem and provide the best fix.

What shocks me is the lack of reports on the internet about this issue. It makes me wonder if this is really the epidemic that my dealer says it is or if it is a random defect like Honda Corp says it is.

We need for everyone who has the issue to report it at Safercar.gov so the US DOT can put pressure on Honda Corp to acknowledge the issue. I am starting to believe that Honda's answer to the problem will be "do not carry a smart phone into this vehicle - driver or passengers".

Here is the link to the complaint that I have filed:
Complaints - Search Results | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

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TPMS Indicator

Okay.. so I literally JUST drove home my new Odyssey from the lot. Brand new, the odometer had 1 mile on it.

About 22 miles into my new car I'm enjoying so much, the TPMS light comes on. I figured it was no big deal. I get home and check my manual, and read that it signals a failure in the Tire pressure monitoring sensor? Seriously? Already? Has anyone experienced this?

The manual suggests to take it to the dealer 'as soon as possible'. It's a shame since that means a 150 mile roundtrip for me...

-Sami
 

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Okay.. so I literally JUST drove home my new Odyssey from the lot. Brand new, the odometer had 1 mile on it.

About 22 miles into my new car I'm enjoying so much, the TPMS light comes on. I figured it was no big deal. I get home and check my manual, and read that it signals a failure in the Tire pressure monitoring sensor? Seriously? Already? Has anyone experienced this?

The manual suggests to take it to the dealer 'as soon as possible'. It's a shame since that means a 150 mile roundtrip for me...

-Sami
I had the EXACT same thing... a was litterly a mile or 2 from the dealer on my way home from taking delivery... oh well. I told the salesman and I'm scheduled to take the car back next week. While I don't like it by any means, I'm taking it in stride. ALL things have their issues.
 

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150 mile trip? Isn't there another dealer closer? You can use any dealer for warranty issues, you don't have to return to the dealer you bought from.
 

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The exact same thing happened to me. I drove the Ody off the lot and the TPMS came on. I drove it back to the bay the next day, they checked the tire pressure and told me to come back if the light did not go off. The light is still on. Will have to go back to the dealership on Monday.
 

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150 mile trip? Isn't there another dealer closer? You can use any dealer for warranty issues, you don't have to return to the dealer you bought from.
Yeah, I realized that now :) I'm taking it to a close dealership monday.

Everyone, please let me know your status' on this issue.. It seems to be a common one.

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TPMS light on dash

Same issue, drove off dealer lot and about 20km later TPMS light on!
I guess I will take it back to dealer. Anyone comment on resolution? Do I need to rush to take it back? Any harm by driving with it on?

Thanks in advance.
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No harm in Driving with TPMS light on as long as you manually check you tire pressure (like you should be doing anyway) and make sure tires are set properly until you can make it back to dealer for service. Any light that comes on the dash that is amber/orange in color is advisory in nature and won't cause damage to the vehicle if heeded with common sense (ie TPMS light).
 

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Same thing here. I've heard unconfirmed stuff (check other forums) that the issue is due to interference between smartphones (maybe the Bluetooth module) and the TPMS receiver. According to these reports, the problem remains unresolved.

I won't know until we switch back to the stock wheels/tires from winters, but I am virtually certain the problem will still exist.
 

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Same thing here. I've heard unconfirmed stuff (check other forums) that the issue is due to interference between smartphones (maybe the Bluetooth module) and the TPMS receiver. According to these reports, the problem remains unresolved.

I won't know until we switch back to the stock wheels/tires from winters, but I am virtually certain the problem will still exist.

Very interesting.

I was coming here to post about the EXACT same thing.

We took delivery of a Touring Elite on Saturday and driving away from the dealer with about 20 something miles on it, the TPMS light went on.

I had an iPhone 4 paired up with the bluetooth while driving.

Did the other people with this problem here have a device paired with their bluetooth?

I haven't taken it into the dealer yet. The dealer was closing when we left on Saturday, closed on Sunday and today is a snow day. Not particularly wanting to drag 5 kids into the dealer...:rollingeyes:
 

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Very interesting.

I was coming here to post about the EXACT same thing.

We took delivery of a Touring Elite on Saturday and driving away from the dealer with about 20 something miles on it, the TPMS light went on.

I had an iPhone 4 paired up with the bluetooth while driving.

Did the other people with this problem here have a device paired with their bluetooth?

I haven't taken it into the dealer yet. The dealer was closing when we left on Saturday, closed on Sunday and today is a snow day. Not particularly wanting to drag 5 kids into the dealer...:rollingeyes:
I have an iPhone 3GS paired and haven't had any problems with the TPMS. Don't all BlueTooth devices use the same frequency range to transmit/receive?
 

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Very interesting.

I was coming here to post about the EXACT same thing.

We took delivery of a Touring Elite on Saturday and driving away from the dealer with about 20 something miles on it, the TPMS light went on.

I had an iPhone 4 paired up with the bluetooth while driving.

Did the other people with this problem here have a device paired with their bluetooth?

I haven't taken it into the dealer yet. The dealer was closing when we left on Saturday, closed on Sunday and today is a snow day. Not particularly wanting to drag 5 kids into the dealer...:rollingeyes:
I have multiple phone pairs through bluetooth to the car. I have iPhone 4 paired as well. No issue with TPMS. I have EX-L RES.
 

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Hey all,

I went to the dealership today. Although they told me to reschedule tomorrow, I heard an unconfirmed report that the dealer is supposed to manually trigger the TPMS system in your car before you drive it off the lot. If it isn't configured by the dealer properly, the light will go off. Again, this is all hearsay. I will post again tomorrow to confirm.

I do NOT think this has anything to do with smartphones. Although I did have a bluetooth phone paired at the time, the phone was a crap phone, not a smart phone at all. Even said, (like another member mentioned) a bluetooth signal is a bluetooth signal.. so phone to phone, it should not make a difference.

-Sami
 

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the pre-delivery inspection does include checking the tpms sensors and making sure the tire pressure is right.

in the TSB to dealerships about the PDI procedures for the new vans, there's a note that says if the TPMS check procedure isn't performed, the TPMS indicator will come on after driving about 20 minutes.

It'll spit out one of a half dozen dtc's (diagnostic test codes), none of which are elligible for a warranty work ticket (from your dealer to honda) at PDI or shortly after. (essentially, if the PDI isn't done correctly, the dealer can't charge Honda for the time to repair their fault)

If you've got an air pump at home, you can actually calibrate the sensors yourself.

  1. Turn ignition switch to lock (0)
  2. quickly lower the pressure in one tire to 18psi or less (note, unless you release 3psi within 15 seconds the sensors will not initialize)
  3. adjust tire pressure to the cold inflation pressure
  4. repeat steps 2 & 3 for the other three tires.

you'll then need to drive over 20mph to ensure the sensors are operational for the light to turn off.
 

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I went to the dealership today. Although they told me to reschedule tomorrow, I heard an unconfirmed report that the dealer is supposed to manually trigger the TPMS system in your car before you drive it off the lot. If it isn't configured by the dealer properly, the light will go off. Again, this is all hearsay. I will post again tomorrow to confirm.
I ended up taking my car into the dealer, 5 kids and all. I didn't buy my car from this dealer and I'm sure they LOVED my temp plates and the big old license plate things from the other dealer. :)
They were more than happy to point out that the other dealer did not complete their PDI properly and that was more than likely the problem. They did whatever it was to reconfigure it and drove it around the block--light is now off. I drove it about 15 minutes home and the light stayed off.

I hope it's as easy of a fix for everybody else too.
 

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Same Issue TPMS light

I'm having the same problem.

My light can on second day after driving the car off the lot.

Was planning to bring this to the attention of my dealer on my first check up.

I'll keep checking this forum as this thread grows (I think).

Moe in Canada
 

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Just wanted to update, I've driven my car around about 40 miles after having the dealer reset the system or whatever they did and the light has stayed off. So it appears the place I bought it from forgot to do this during the PDI.
 
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