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Low tire pressure light comes on once temperature outside dropped. Had checked..tire pressure fine. How do I reset to make indicator light go away?

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What was the pressure.? the tire pressure specification should be on the drivers door jamb. It needs to be set cold. The light will go off when each tire signals that it has the proper pressure.

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  • tcreech923 Nov 11, 2010

    The pressure was spot on, don't remember numbers. Did some more research, mine is a Japan model of Fit, not a US model Fit. Japan models have a sensor on the spare, US models do not. Spare was very low. Husband put in recommened amount and light went out.

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