TPMS Reset Procedure
Make:Chevrolet Model:Malibu Sub-Model:LS Year:2008, 2009, 2010

Required Tools

Air Pump


Optional Tools

A relearn tool may be used in place of an air pump. See procedure below.

Activation Tool (AKA trigger tool) such as Ateq VT55 or VT30


1.   Review all data in your owner’s manual pertaining to your TPMS system.


Note: This step should be performed only by a tire technician who has been properly trained in the operation and installation of TPMS systems.

1.   Install Sensors - Properly install tire pressure sensors. 

2.   Tire Pressure - Confirm all tires are inflated to the pressure indicated on tire placard. (the tire placard is located on the door jam of your vehicle)


This is a sample tire pressure placard.

Not for this specific vehicle.

3.   Eliminate Interference - To ensure the control unit memorizes the correct sensor ID, the vehicle with the new sensor must be at least 3 m. (10 ft.) from any other TPMS pressure sensor not installed on that vehicle.


1.   Set the parking brake.

2.   Turn the ignition switch to RUN with the engine off.

3.   Press and hold the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter’s LOCK and UNLOCK buttons, at the same time for about five seconds. The horn sounds twice indicating the TPMS receiver is ready and in learn mode. 

4.   Start with the driver’s side front tire.  The driver side front turn signal also comes on to indicate that corner's sensor is ready to be learned.

5.   Remove the valve cap from the tire's valve stem. Activate the TPMS sensor by increasing or decreasing the tire's air pressure for about eight seconds. The horn chirp, can take up to 30 seconds to sound. It chirps one time and then all the turn signals flash one time to confirm the sensor identification code has been matched to the tire/wheel position. 

If you do not hear the confirming single horn chirp, turn the ignition switch to LOCK and start over beginning with Step 2.


To decrease air-pressure out of a tire you can use the pointed end of the valve cap, a pencil-style air pressure gage, or a key.


A relearn tool may be used on each tire/sensor instead of reducing the tire pressure.   Place the trigger tool against the tire sidewall close to the rim at the valve stem location, then press and release the Activate button on the tool. 

6.   Repeat the reset procedure used in step 5 for each of the remaining 3 tires in the following clockwise order:

a.    Right front tire (Front passenger’s side)

b.    Right rear tire (Rear passenger’s side)

c.    Left rear tire (Rear driver’s side)

7.   After hearing the single horn chirp for the driver side rear tire, two additional horn chirps sound to indicate the tire learning process is done.

If no tires are learned after entering the TPMS learn mode, or if communication with the receiver stops, or if the time limit has expired, turn the ignition switch to LOCK/OFF and start over beginning with Step 2.

8.   Turn the ignition switch to LOCK/OFF. 

9.   Set all four tires to the recommended air pressure level as indicated on the Tire and Loading Information label.

10.                Put the valve caps back on the valve stems. 


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