TPMS DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION – Volkswagen Jetta 2006-2019

06.16.2019

Volkswagen Jetta 2006-2019

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After the TREAD Act was mandated in 2007, all vehicles manufactured in the United States beginning in 2008, must be installed with direct or indirect TPMS systems.

The Volkswagen Jetta is equipped with indirect and direct TPMS systems, depending on the year. A direct TPMS system has TPMS sensors are installed in the wheel. If one or more tires indicate low tire pressure, the TPMS sensors will transfer the information to the vehicle’s ECU. An indicator light (low-line TPMS system) or each tire pressure will show on the dash (high-line TPMS system). An indirect system does not have sensors in the wheels and uses the ABS system to communicate when tire pressure is low in one or more tires.

For years 2006-2010, when the Volkswagen Jetta was manufactured with a direct TPMS system, a TPMS relearn, is recommended when changing air pressure, rotating tires, and replacing a TPMS sensor. For years 2011-2019 when the Jetta was manufactured with an indirect TPMS system, a TPMS relearn or re-calibration is also recommended when changing air pressure, rotating tires, and replacing a TPMS sensor.

Volkswagen Jetta Infographic

Type of TPMS system:

  • Direct TPMS, 2006-2010: TPMS sensors are installed in the wheel, tire pressure is communicated via radio frequency (RF) technology from the sensor to the vehicle’s ECU
  • Indirect TPMS, 2011-2019: TPMS sensors are not installed in the wheel, tire pressure is communicated through the ABS system measuring tire rotation speed.

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

All OE, programmable, configurable, hybrid and OE-type (one-to-one) TPMS sensor options and service kits can be found in the VT56, VT46 brands, and VT36 TPMS Tools.

Type of TPMS frequency:

  • 315MHz

Type of Relearn procedures:

  • Manual (stationary) relearn procedure, years 2006-2010
  • Indirect relearn procedure, years 2011-2019

Type of TPMS tool required for TPMS reset:

  • TPMS activation tool such as VT15, VT31, VT36, VT46 brands, or VT56 for manual relearn
  • Indirect relearn procedures are written in the VT56 or VT46 brands.

Manual relearn procedure (after tire rotation/replacement, direct TPMS, 2006-2010):

  • Inflate all tires to pressure listed on the tire placard
  • Apply the parking brake and turn the ignition to ON/RUN position (engine off)
  • Hold SET (or ESP) button (located next to gear shift) until the audio signal is heard. Audio signal confirms successful relearn.

If the above procedure fails, use the procedure below.

  • Inflate all tires to pressure listed on the tire placard.
  • Turn ignition to ON/RUN position (engine off).
  • Enter the information center set up menu and select TIRE PRESSURE.
  • Select STORE.
  • SYSTEM LEARNING will appear on the display and disappear after several minutes of driving.

Manual relearn procedure (after sensor replacement, direct TPMS, 2006-2010):

  • Inflate all tires to pressure listed on the tire placard.
  • Apply the parking brake.
  • Vehicle needs to stand for 20 minutes in order for the control module to enter learn mode.
  • Drive vehicle above 16 mph to register sensor IDs.

Indirect TPMS relearn procedure (2011-2019):

  • Inflate all tires to pressure listed on the tire placard.
  • Turn ignition to ON/RUN position (engine off).
  • Press the SET button, located in the glove box, for a minimum of two seconds.
  • The TPMS Telltale will go out after an audible chime.

Troubleshooting tips

Direct vs indirect TPMS systems

When servicing a Volkswagen Jetta, perform “CHECK TPM” before working on the vehicle. Using the VT56 or VT46 brands, the tool will be able to display if the vehicle is manufactured with a direct or indirect system.

  • From the main menu, go to CHECK TPM
  • Select VOLKSWAGEN (vehicle make), JETTA (vehicle model)
  • From the YEAR menu, the tool will indicate if the vehicle is an indirect system.

If the vehicle is an indirect system, no sensors are in the wheel, and an indirect relearn should be performed when changing air pressure, rotating tires, and replacing a TPMS sensor to turn the TPMS light off.