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TPMS diagnostic information on the top-selling vehicles of 2008 – Toyota Corolla

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If performing TPMS services, such as replacing one or more TPMS sensor ID’s or rotating tires, a TPMS relearn procedure must be performed using a basic TPMS activation tool or an advanced TPMS scan tool, depending on the vehicle’s TPMS system. A TPMS relearn, often called TPMS reset, will write the new TPMS sensor ID locations to the vehicle’s ECU, which will cure the TPMS MIL.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the top three selling vehicles in 2008 were:

  • 2008 Ford F-150
  • 2008 Chevy Silverado
  • 2008 Toyota Camry
  • 2008 Honda Accord
  • 2008 Toyota Corolla

Each week, we will explore the diagnostics of the TPMS system of each vehicle, and teach you how to properly reset the system. This week, we will be going over the 2008 Toyota Corolla.

Before performing a relearn procedure, it is important to make sure the TPMS sensors are installed properly, and tires are inflated to placard pressure.

Toyota Corolla (2008 Japan/USA)

Toyota corolla TPMS

Type of TPMS system:

  • Direct TPMS, sensors are installed in the wheel

Type of OE sensor:

  • USA manufactured: Pacific Clamp-in Fixed Angle Valve 315MHz Toyota/Subaru, 42607-06011
  • Japan manufactured: Pacific Clamp-in Gen2 315MHz Toyota FSK, 42607-34020

Sensor Frequency:

  • 315MHz

Aftermarket (Universal, Hybrid, Programmable, Configurable, One-to-One, OE-style) options for 315MHz TPMS sensor replacement:

  • BWD/Standard OE
  • BWD/Standard Qwik
  • Continental (OE-Style)
  • Dill
  • Dynamic
  • ECH/NAPA OE-Design
  • ECH/NAPA Qwik
  • EZ-sensor®
  • IntelliSens
  • Mobiletron
  • Myers UPro
  • REDI-Sensor
  • Schrader (OE-style)
  • Sears
  • Steelman Select
  • Alligator
  • Hamaton OE-R (OE-style)
  • Hamaton U-Pro
  • Orange Universal
  • PDQ

All service kits and OE-type (one-to-one) TPMS sensor options for the Toyota Corolla 2008 can be found in your VT56, VT55, and VT36 TPMS Tools in “Service TPMS”.

Type of Relearn procedure:

  • OBD relearn, requires OBDII transfer

Type of TPMS tool required for TPMS reset:

  • TPMS scan tool with OBDII module (VT56, VT55)
  • TPMS activation tool (VT15, VT31, VT36) combined with a diagnostic scan tool that has TPMS transfer capabilities through the DLC
  • TPMS activation tool (VT15, VT31, VT36) combined with the TPMS Quickset

OBD relearn:

  • OBDII module is required
  • Hold TPMS tool on left front tire sidewall next to the valve stem
  • Repeat for the right front, right rear and left tire tires (and spare if required)
  • Apply OBDII module to DLC
  • Turn ignition ON
  • Press OK on TPMS tool to transfer the TPMS sensor data to the vehicle’s ECU
  • Disconnect OBD module from the DLC
  • Turn ignition OFF then ON
  • Drive for at least 5 minutes at 12 mph or more

Troubleshooting tips

TPMS reset button, closed loop

Toyota unlock ECU

Some Toyota models have a “SET” or “TPMS RESET” button, which is located below the steering wheel or under the glovebox.  When the button is pressed, the system tries to locate the sensor ID’s that are already stored. The “SET button” can be used when performing a tire rotation that has different tire pressures in the front and rear, changing or adjusting the tire pressure, or changing tire size, or when tires are replaced.

If the “SET” button is pushed after new sensor IDs are introduced and before a relearn is performed, the ECU must be unlocked in order for the relearn procedure to work correctly. Some advanced TPMS scan tools have the capability to unlock the ECU. If your TPMS scan tool has the “UNLOCK ECU” option, the relearn procedure can be properly performed.

Toyota TPMS vehicles manufactured in USA vs Japan

Toyota Japan vs USA manufacturing

When selecting the Make, Model and Year of your vehicle, you will notice there are two options for the Year from 2006 to 2011: USA or Japan. It is very important to select the correct selection of “2008 USA” or “2008 JAPAN” with the VT56, Quickset, or your diagnostic scan tool since there is a slight difference in the way the TPMS information is transferred to the vehicle’s ECU.

To find out whether the Toyota Corolla you are working with was manufactured in Japan or USA, take a look at the vehicle’s VIN barcode, particularly the first character of the VIN.

  • “1” indicates the vehicle was manufactured in the USA
  • “J” indicates the vehicle was manufactured in Japan

Toyota TPMS vehicles with spare tire

spare tire Toyota

Some Toyota Corolla years since 2006 have the option to purchase the vehicle with a spare tire, which has a TPMS sensor. During the relearn procedure, you must also activate the spare tire TPMS sensor to reset the system properly and write all the TPMS ID’s to the vehicle’s ECU. If the spare tire is not activated, the TPMS light will still indicate a TPMS MIL. When selecting the Make Model and Year, you will be prompted to select 4 or 5 tires. To find out whether your Toyota Corolla came manufactured with a spare tire, check for the following indications:

  1. Does your vehicle come with a full size tire or donut? If there is a full size tire in the trunk, then the tire must be fitted with a TPMS sensor, and must be filled to placard pressure.
  2. If there is no tire in the trunk, you can usually tell if it came manufactured by the size of the trunk. If it looks as if a full tire can fit in the trunk, it most likely came manufactured with a spare tire. If not, then it may only require a donut, which does not require a TPMS sensor.

The order is as follows: Left front, Right Front, Right Rear, Left Rear, Spare Tire

Toyota TPMS DTC Codes:

C2111/11 (transmitter ID1 operation stop)
C2112/12 (transmitter ID2 operation stop)
C2113/13 (transmitter ID3 operation stop)
C2114/14 (transmitter ID4 operation stop)
C2115/15 (transmitter ID5 operation stop)
C2121/21 (no signal from transmitter ID1 in Main mode)
C2122/22 (no signal from transmitter ID2 in Main mode)
C2123/23 (no signal from transmitter ID3 in Main mode)
C2124/24 (no signal from transmitter ID4 in Main mode)
C2125/25 (no signal from transmitter ID5 in Main mode)
C2126/26 Transmitter ID Not Received In Main Mode
C2127/27 Transmitter ID Not Received In 2nd Mode
C2131/31 (no signal from transmitter ID1 in 2nd mode)
C2132/32 (no signal from transmitter ID2 in 2nd mode)
C2133/33 (no signal from transmitter ID3 in 2nd mode)
C2134/34 (no signal from transmitter ID4 in 2nd mode)
C2135/35 (no signal from transmitter ID5 in 2nd mode)
C2141/41 Transmitter ID1 Error
C2142/42 Transmitter ID2 Error
C2143/43 Transmitter ID3 Error
C2144/44 Transmitter ID4 Error
C2145/45 Transmitter ID5 Error
C2165/65 Abnormal Temperature inside ID1 Tire
C2166/66 Abnormal Temperature inside ID2 Tire
C2167/67 Abnormal Temperature inside ID3 Tire
C2168/68 Abnormal Temperature inside ID4 Tire
C2169/69 Abnormal Temperature inside ID5 Tire
C2171/71 Transmitter ID Not Registered In Main Mode
C2172/72 Transmitter ID Not Registered In 2nd Mode
C2173/73 VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) Or ESS (Engine Speed Sensor) Signal Malfunction
C2174/74 Vehicle Speed Signal Malfunction
C2176/76 Receiver Error
C2177/77 Initialization Not Complete
C2178/78 Battery Voltage Malfunction
C2179/79 Tire Pressure Monitor ECU Communication Stop
C2181/81 Transmitter ID1 Not Received (Test Mode)
C2182/82 Transmitter ID2 Not Received (Test Mode DTC)
C2183/83 Transmitter ID3 Not Received (Test Mode DTC)
C2184/84 Transmitter ID4 Not Received (Test Mode DTC)
C2185/85 Transmitter ID5 Not Received (Test Mode DTC)
C2191/91 Vehicle Speed Signal Error (Test Mode DTC)
C2192/92 Select Switch Error (Test Mode DTC)
C2194/94 Engine Speed Signal Circuit Malfunction (Test Mode DTC)
C2195/95 Multi-receiver Antenna Circuit (Test Mode DTC)

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