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    TPMS activation, reset, and disable coding with VCDS - mk6 VW

    How to activate, reset, or swap the TPMS system on your VW Jetta or Golf
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    Introduction
    Some recent VW Golf and Jetta have the TPMS capability without having the button. This article shows how to reset or activate the hidden ABS based TPMS or swap from the direct to the indirect system

    There are two basic types of tire pressure monitor systems installed in VW. The first type works off the ABS system and uses no additional sensors. If the wheel sensors detect that one wheel's diameter is smaller it assumes that the tire has lost air and trips the low pressure warning. The other type uses wireless sensors to directly measure air and temperature in the wheels and transmits the data to the car's computer.

    The indirect system was installed starting in 2007 when it became mandatory in the US. Because it's not yet mandatory in Canada, many new Canadian VW don't have the TPMS. VW switched to the direct system but has switched back to the indirect system for model year 2011 in Golf and Jetta. More expensive models like the Touareg still use direct sensors.

    The advantage of the direct sensors is that it's more accurate. The advantage of the indirect system is that it doesn't require a second set of sensors for winter wheels (unless you want to unmount the tires to remove the sensors) and because there are no sensors they don't need replacement when their battery dies. The battery life of TPMS sensors is about 6-9 years depending on use and it's non serviceable. While it's legal to have a TPMS which no longer detects tire pressure (except on a new car sale), it's not legal to disable the system or disable the light.

    A direct type sensor sits inside the wheel with only the antenna/valve stem sticking out. If the tire valve stem is metal and stiff with the lock nut on the base, you have a direct sensor system. If the valve stems are flexible rubber you don't have these sensors. A valve stem is the piece of tire that sticks out and where you add air.


    Warning: Never disable the TPMS light, disable the system, or disable the TPMS light if it's not legal where you live and/or operate the vehicle. In the US, a functional TPMS warning light is required under Federal requirement FMVSS 138. See the TOS Agreement for the full legal disclaimer.

    If you have the direct system and have a compatible ABS control module, it might be possible to switch the indirect system for a second set of wheels or permanently switch to the indirect type system if you don't want to replace the sensors after their batteries die. You must have a compatible ABS control module to make the indirect type system to work. I tried it with a 2006 ABS control module and it didn't work. More on this below.

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    one ross tech VCDS cable and software
    tire pressure gauge

    How to reset the TPMS system and flashing TPMS light
    If you have direct type sensors, just add air to the recommended tire pressure. Check all the tires with a tire gauge. Sometimes you have to slightly overfill the air and then let the pressure go back down to the correct level. Never go higher than the max cold pressure printed on the tire. Refer to your owner's manual or driver's side door panel for the correct air pressure.

    If you have the indirect system, add air to the recommended tire pressure. Check all the tires with a tire gauge. Press and hold the TPMS reset button. This will reset the values that the ABS module looks for.

    Procedure to activate the hidden TPMS system
    First, if you don't have any TPMS or have the direct system and wish to switch to the indirect system, you should retrofit the reset button. You just have to add the button and a wiring harness to the car's electric module. These can be purchased from kufatec.com. Even if you don't have the reset button, you can still reset the light with a VCDS, you just won't have the button. If you don't have VCDS you just have to find someone to reset the light if the warning is ever tripped or add the reset button.

    First plug in your VCDS cable and start the software. Make sure the green LED on the cable is lit. Click on "Select" to access the control modules.


    Click on "ABS controller" and you'll see this screen. The module part number "VAG Number" is from a mk6 Golf. You should see "Long Coding" under the Software coding label in green. I'm pretty sure that if you see a number there it means you have a non-compatible module. Click on Coding.


    Click on long coding helper. Write down your original code before changing anything!


    It will open the long coding helper shown below.


    Go to byte 16.

    Click the checkbox for "Bit 2 - Tire pressure monitoring (TPMS/7K6) installed". Exit the long coding helper and the new code will already be under "New coding". Click "Do it!" to save and use the new code. Exit the module.


    When you turn on the ignition, you should see the TPMS light briefly turn on. The system needs at least 1 hour of driving including on the highway to adapt. During that time the TPMS may not be reliable.

    If you don't have a TPMS reset button, you have to manually reset it with VCDS. Go back to the ABS module and go to Basic settings. Go to "Group 042". Click Go! to reset it.


    How to swap from the direct to the indirect TPMS system or disable the TPMS system
    Since I don't believe anyone has done a swap from a working direct to an indirect system, I believe that you may have to first disable the direct system for the indirect system to work. See the warning at the top and the TOS Agreement for the full legal disclaimer. Do not operate the vehicle on public roads in the US without the Federally mandated TPMS system or if it's not legal where you live and/or operate the car.

    Go back to the module screen and click on "CAN Gateway". Click on "long coding". Click on "long coding helper".

    You'll see the screen below. Uncheck tire pressure monitoring. Close the long coding helper and it'll automatically cut/paste your new code under "new code". Click "Do it!" to save. Exit. It's now disabled. Make sure your TPMS system is functional before you go on public roads or highways.


    Go back to the CECM. In Byte 8, uncheck the box for TPMS 7k3/7k4/7k5 installed/active. Exit and save.

    Go to the ABS controller and you'll see the screen below. Click on Coding and enter the long coding helper. This module part number is from a mk5 2010 Jetta.


    Go to Byte 16 and check the box for TPMS 7k6 installed.


    You should see the TPMS warning light turn on. Reset it using basic settings group 42 as shown earlier.
    Last edited by Welder75; 01-21-2016 at 05:19 PM.
    DISCLAIMER: All of the foregoing is based on a quick google search, so it may be totally incorrect. Hopefully somebody with more knowledge can offer more reliable info

    Cheers.

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    Found this article in another forum. http://www.myturbodiesel.com/wiki/tp...h-vcds-mk6-vw/
    the link was refereed to on another post here as well.
    thought i would share it all here on our own post!!!!
    Last edited by Welder75; 01-21-2016 at 05:43 PM.
    DISCLAIMER: All of the foregoing is based on a quick google search, so it may be totally incorrect. Hopefully somebody with more knowledge can offer more reliable info

    Cheers.

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    Hoping I could get some help here. I coded/activated a 2005 Canadian Rabbit via ABS control module to the 7K6 TMPS as the car is now in CA, USA. The TPMS light on the cluster now illuminates. However, when I tried to go reset it in the ABS module in the basic setting 042, I see a drop down that shows a line to reset TMPS. I select that line. But, there is no "Do it". After driving the car over a few days, the light persists. Is there something that I am missing? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infiniteautotech View Post
    Hoping I could get some help here. I coded/activated a 2005 Canadian Rabbit via ABS control module to the 7K6 TMPS as the car is now in CA, USA. The TPMS light on the cluster now illuminates. However, when I tried to go reset it in the ABS module in the basic setting 042, I see a drop down that shows a line to reset TMPS. I select that line. But, there is no "Do it". After driving the car over a few days, the light persists. Is there something that I am missing? Any help would be appreciated.
    Please post an Auto-Scan of this car so people can see what it's made of (specifically exactly what ABS system it has).

    Once you do that, I'm going to split these messages into a new thread because a 2005 is definitely not an Mk.6 car.

    -Uwe-
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    Thanks Uwe. I will get the car in again and grab an autoscan.

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    OK, here is the autoscan of the vehicle. Again, after activating the TMPS function, I cannot reset the system using the VAG-COM. I see RESET in the drop down but no "DO IT." Any help would be appreciated...This is a Canadian 2008 Rabbit

    Code:
    Chassis Type: 1K (1K0)
    Scan: 01 02 03 08 09 15 16 17 19 25 42 44 46 52 56 62 72
    
    VIN: WVWDA71K78W260122   Mileage: 83240km-51722miles
    
    01-Engine -- Status: Malfunction 0010
    02-Auto Trans -- Status: Sporadic communication error 1000
    03-ABS Brakes -- Status: Malfunction 0010
    04-Steering Angle -- Status: OK 0000
    08-Auto HVAC -- Status: OK 0000
    09-Cent. Elect. -- Status: OK 0000
    15-Airbags -- Status: OK 0000
    16-Steering wheel -- Status: OK 0000
    17-Instruments -- Status: Malfunction 0010
    19-CAN Gateway -- Status: Malfunction 0010
    25-Immobilizer -- Status: OK 0000
    42-Door Elect, Driver -- Status: Malfunction 0010
    44-Steering Assist -- Status: OK 0000
    46-Central Conv. -- Status: OK 0000
    52-Door Elect, Pass. -- Status: OK 0000
    56-Radio -- Status: OK 0000
    62-Door, Rear Left -- Status: OK 0000
    72-Door, Rear Right -- Status: OK 0000
     
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 01: Engine (CBT)       Labels: 06A-906-032-BGP.lbl
       Part No SW: 07K 906 032 BJ    HW: 07K 906 032 Q
       Component: 2,5l R5/4V      G   1567  
       Revision: 1NH01---    Serial number: VWX7Z0H13ND81T
       Coding: 0000003
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: F2E1FA8BED307BAEED-80A6
    
    1 Fault Found:
    049409 - No Communication with Transmission Control Module 
                   U0101 - 008 -  - Intermittent
                 Freeze Frame:
                        Fault Status: 00101000
                        Fault Priority: 0
                        Fault Frequency: 1
                        Reset counter: 255
                        Mileage: 82843 km
                        Time Indication: 0
                        Date: 2000.00.00
                        Time: 10:04:21
    
                 Freeze Frame:
                        RPM: 806 /min
                        Load: 23.5 %
                        Speed: 0.0 km/h
                        Temperature: 58.0°C
                        Temperature: 31.0°C
                        Absolute Pres.: 1020.0 mbar
                        Voltage: 13.970 V
    
    Readiness: 0000 0000
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 02: Auto Trans        Labels: 09G-927-750.clb
       Part No SW: 09G 927 750 HE    HW: 09G 927 750 HE
       Component: AQ 250 6F           1090  
       Revision: 00H69000    Serial number:               
       Coding: 0000584
       Shop #: WSC 01269 785 00200
       VCID: FBFFD7AFBA7A3AE6BE-80AE
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 03: ABS Brakes        Labels: 1K0-907-379-MK70.lbl
       Part No: 1K0 907 379 P
       Component: ASR FRONT MK70      0105  
       Coding: 0000641
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: BF8763BFEEE2E6C6D2-80EA
    
    1 Fault Found:
    00668 - Supply Voltage Terminal 30 
                002 - Lower Limit Exceeded
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 08: Auto HVAC        Labels: 1K0-820-047.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 820 047 HN    HW: 1K0 820 047 HN
       Component: Climatic PQ35   142 1111  
       Revision: 00142031    Serial number: 00000000000000
       Shop #: WSC 00000 000 00000
       VCID: F7F7CB9F86521E86DA-80A2
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 09: Cent. Elect.        Labels: 3C0-937-049-30-M.lbl
       Part No SW: 3C0 937 049 AH    HW: 3C0 937 049 AH
       Component: Bordnetz-SG     H54 2202  
       Revision: 00H54000    Serial number: 00000007951251
       Coding: 108D8F214004150047140000001400000008730B5C000100000000000000
       Shop #: WSC 00000 785 00200
       VCID: EFE7F3FFFE02564602-80BA
    
       Subsystem 1 - Part No: 1K1 955 119 E  Labels: 1KX-955-119.CLB
       Component: Wischer 050208 021  0501  
       Coding: 00038805
       Shop #: WSC 00000  
    
    No fault code found.
    
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    Address 15: Airbags        Labels: 1K0-909-605.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 909 605 AB    HW: 1K0 909 605 AB
       Component: 6L AIRBAG VW8R  034 8000  
       Revision: 05034000    Serial number: 003B6D0AH2X9  
       Coding: 0013900
       Shop #: WSC 01269 785 00200
       VCID: ECDDE4F3CF14AD5E27-80B8
    
       Subsystem 1 - Serial number: 6332MSME337270654
    
       Subsystem 2 - Serial number: 6342MSME2E457914I
    
       Subsystem 3 - Serial number: 6352QSME526B5735L
    
       Subsystem 4 - Serial number: 6362QSME5B42235DN
    
       Subsystem 5 - Serial number: 63727SME13264650U
    
       Subsystem 6 - Serial number: 63827SME13355715Y
    
    No fault code found.
    
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    Address 16: Steering wheel        Labels: 1K0-953-549-MY8.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 953 549 BF    HW: 1K0 953 549 BF
       Component: J0527           051 0100  
       Coding: 0010022
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: F7F7CB9F86521E86DA-80A2
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 17: Instruments        Labels: 1K0-920-xxx-17.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 920 854 T    HW: 1K0 920 854 T
       Component: KOMBIINSTRUMENT VDD 1212  
       Revision: V0002000    Serial number: VWX7Z0H13ND81T
       Coding: 0007303
       Shop #: WSC 91449 999 58632
       VCID: BC7D14B3FFF4FDDEF7-80E8
    
    1 Fault Found:
    01315 - Transmission Control Module 
                004 - No Signal/Communication - Intermittent
                 Freeze Frame:
                        Fault Status: 00100100
                        Fault Priority: 2
                        Fault Frequency: 1
                        Reset counter: 233
                        Mileage: 82843 km
                        Time Indication: 0
                        Date: 2000.00.00
                        Time: 10:04:21
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 19: CAN Gateway        Labels: 1K0-907-530-V3.clb
       Part No SW: 1K0 907 530 L    HW: 1K0 907 951 
       Component: J533  Gateway   H07 0052  
       Revision:   H07 01    Serial number: 130208F1001179
       Coding: ED807F060002020002
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: B065308323BC09BE5B-80E4
    
    1 Fault Found:
    01315 - Transmission Control Module 
                004 - No Signal/Communication - Intermittent
                 Freeze Frame:
                        Fault Status: 00110100
                        Fault Priority: 2
                        Fault Frequency: 2
                        Reset counter: 233
                        Mileage: 82042 km
                        Time Indication: 0
                        Date: 2000.00.00
                        Time: 17:43:54
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 25: Immobilizer        Labels: 1K0-920-xxx-25.clb
       Part No SW: 1K0 920 854 T    HW: 1K0 920 854 T
       Component: IMMO            VDD 1212  
       Revision: V0002000    Serial number: VWX7Z0H13ND81T
       Shop #: WSC 00000 000 00000
       VCID: BC7D14B3FFF4FDDEF7-80E8
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 42: Door Elect, Driver        Labels: 1K0-959-701-MIN3.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 959 701 M    HW: 1K0 959 701 M
       Component: Tuer-SG         006 1219  
       Coding: 0001205
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: B87508A3CBCCD1FE13-80EC
    
    1 Fault Found:
    00928 - Locking Module for Central Locking; Front Driver Side (F220) 
                008 - Implausible Signal - Intermittent
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 44: Steering Assist        Labels: 1Kx-909-14x-44.clb
       Part No: 1K1 909 144 M
       Component: EPS_ZFLS Kl.070 H08 1901  
       Shop #: WSC 00000 028 00001
       VCID: B56B0197DCDE2C9608-80E0
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 46: Central Conv.        Labels: 1K0-959-433-MAX.clb
       Part No SW: 1K0 959 433 CA    HW: 1K0 959 433 CA
       Component:    KSG PQ35 G2  020 0204  
       Revision: 00020000    Serial number: 00000000000000
       Coding: 939006885103281B0904058FB0080F0488FC80
       Shop #: WSC 00000 785 00200
       VCID: F1E3F587E83640B614-80A4
    
       Subsystem 1 - Component:   Sounder n.mounted     
    
       Subsystem 2 - Component:       NGS n.mounted     
    
       Subsystem 3 - Component:      IRUE n.mounted     
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 52: Door Elect, Pass.        Labels: 1K0-959-702-MIN3.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 959 702 M    HW: 1K0 959 702 M
       Component: Tuer-SG         006 1203  
       Coding: 0001204
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: B9730DA7F0C6C8F6EC-80EC
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 56: Radio        Labels: 1K0-035-161.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 035 161 C    HW: 1K0 035 161 C
       Component: Radio DE2       015 0019  
       Revision: 00015000    Serial number: VWZ4Z7H6322588
       Coding: 0040401
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 00200
       VCID: 9F47C33F4E2286C6F2-80CA
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 62: Door, Rear Left        Labels: 1K0-959-703-GEN3.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 959 703 K    HW: 1K0 959 703 K
       Component: Tuer-SG         006 1302  
       Coding: 0001168
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 1012552
       VCID: B87508A3CBCCD1FE13-80EC
    
    No fault code found.
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Address 72: Door, Rear Right        Labels: 1K0-959-704-GEN3.lbl
       Part No SW: 1K0 959 704 K    HW: 1K0 959 704 K
       Component: Tuer-SG         006 1302  
       Coding: 0001168
       Shop #: WSC 01279 785 1012552
       VCID: B9730DA7F0C6C8F6EC-80EC
    
    No fault code found.
    
    End-------------------------(Elapsed Time: 01:34)--------------------------
    Last edited by Uwe; 02-08-2016 at 06:05 PM. Reason: CODE tags

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    You may need to click the [ON/OFF/Next] button.

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    Hello,

    Do you have coding for new Passat B8, 2015, MQB platform ?
    I dont now how to disable TPMS over ABS. I have instaled direct TPMS with sensoren and antenna "65"

    Tnx

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    Thank you for a great write-up Welder75. This thread is pretty close to what I'm looking for so I'm posting my question here.

    I have a 2017 MQB Mk7 Golf, USA with indirect TPMS from the factory. What I'm looking for is the adaptation/setting/channel where the ABS stores the pressure value after resetting via the TPMS reset button/menu. Back when I had VWs with direct monitoring there was a field where you could set the value you wanted. I want to check the value on my car and be able to change it. First and foremost because I'm running different sized tires than it came with and second off when I had a nail in my tire recently the shop reset the button before all tires were filled to the correct pressure so I want to know what value it's set to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by type17volkswagen View Post
    What I'm looking for is the adaptation/setting/channel where the ABS stores the pressure value after resetting via the TPMS reset button/menu.
    I think you're misunderstanding how indirect TPMS works - it doesn't have pressure sensors so it cannot measure/store any pressure values.

    It measures the rotational speed of each wheel using the ABS sensors, and with some weird software compares that, with tolerances, against values of rotational speed for each wheel that get stored after you use the TPMS reset button/menu.

    When you change wheel sizes or pressures all you have to do is set all the tyres to the correct pressures and reset TPMS. Since you can't see the pressures (as they're not measured) if you're unsure of the set values being used by indirect TPMS then just assume they're wrong and reset TPMS yourself when you know the pressures ARE correct.

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