TPMS diagnostic information on the top-selling vehicles of 2008 – Honda Accord

12.14.2018

After the TREAD Act was mandated in 2007, all vehicles manufactured in the United States, beginning in 2008, must have direct or indirect TPMS systems installed. The Direct TPMS system uses TPMS sensors in the wheel to send information to the vehicle’s ECU to report sensor malfunction or low tire pressure. The Indirect TPMS system uses the ABS system to send information to the vehicle to report low tire pressure.

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 Honda Accord.

Before performing a relearn procedure, it is important to make sure the tires are inflated to placard pressure.

honda accord 2008Honda Accord (2008)

Type of TPMS system:

  • Direct TPMS, sensors are installed in the wheel

Type of OE sensor:

  • Pacific Clamp-in Gen Pacific Fixed Angle Honda/Pacific, 42753-SWA-316

Sensor Frequency:

  • 315 MHz

Aftermarket (Universal, Hybrid, Programmable, Configurable, One-to-One, OE-style) options for 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 Sens.it
  • 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 Honda Accord 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, such as the VT56
  • OR TPMS activation tool (VT15, VT31, VT36) combined with a scan tool that has TPMS transfer capabilities through the DLC

OBD relearn:

  • OBDII module is required
  • Hold TPMS tool on left front tire sidewall next to the valve stem
  • Repeat for the left front, right rear and right front tires
  • 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 start the engine
  • Drive for at least 5 minutes at 28 mph or more

Troubleshooting tips

Honda accord TPMS systems, direct vs. indirect

From 2008 to 2012, Honda Accord used the direct TPMS system, which means TPMS sensors are installed in the vehicle, sending information to the vehicle’s ECU from the TPMS sensor. In 2013, Honda switched to an indirect system, which does not use TPMS sensors to transfer tire pressure data. Instead, it uses the ABS system to send information about tire pressure to the vehicle, so no sensors are installed in the wheel. However, an indirect TPMS relearn procedure must be performed to recalibrate the system, which can be found in the SERVICE menu of the VT56.

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Honda OBD relearn procedure steps reversed, Left Front, Left Rear, Right Rear, and Right Front

During the steps, most manufacturers require TPMS sensor activation in the following series: left front, right front, right rear, and left rear. However, Honda’s TPMS series of sensor activation during the relearn procedure is reversed. The correct order for the TPMS sensor activation during the TPMS relearn procedure to write the new sensor ID’s to the vehicle’s ECU is: left front, left rear, right rear and right front.

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Honda TPMS DTC Codes:

11 Low Tire Pressure Left Front Tire
13 Low Tire Pressure Left Rear Tire
15 Low Tire Pressure Right Rear Tire
17 Low Tire Pressure Right Front Tire
21 Abnormally High Tire Sensor Temperature Right Front Tire
22 Abnormally High Tire Sensor Temperature Left Front Tire
23 Abnormally High Tire Sensor Temperature Right Rear Tire
24 Abnormally High Tire Sensor Temperature Left Rear Tire
31 Tire Pressure Sensor Low Battery Voltage Right Front Tire
32 Tire Pressure Sensor Transmitting Failure Right Front Tire
33 Tire Pressure Sensor Low Battery Voltage Left Front Tire
34 Tire Pressure Sensor Transmitting Failure Left Front Tire
35 Tire Pressure Sensor Low Battery Voltage Right Rear Tire
36 Tire Pressure Sensor Transmitting Failure Right Rear Tire
37 Tire Pressure Sensor Low Battery Voltage Left Rear Tire
38 Tire Pressure Sensor Transmitting Failure Left Rear Tire
41 Abnormal Signal Reception Error
45 Initiator Circuit Short Detection
51 Initialization Status Of TPMS Control Unit is Not Completed Right Front Tire
53 Initialization Status Of TPMS Control Unit is Not Completed Left Front Tire
55 Initialization Status Of TPMS Control Unit is Not Completed Right Rear Tire
57 Initialization Status Of TPMS Control Unit is Not Completed Left Rear Tire
81 TPMS Control Unit Failure (RAM, ROM, ADC, EEPROM, ALU) Check.
83 No VSP Signal
85 CAN Data Error
91 Tire Pressure Sensor Internal Error Right Front Tire
93 Tire Pressure Sensor Internal Error Left Front Tire
95 Tire Pressure Sensor Internal Error Right Rear Tire
97 Tire Pressure Sensor Internal Error Left Rear Tire