Blinking Tire Pressure Light Nissan: 3 Reasons and Fixes!

Firstly, a low tire pressure of any of the 4 tires can cause the tire pressure light to blink. Secondly, malfunctioning of the TPMS may be a reason. Finally, the tire pressure light might be blinking due to a damaged tire pressure sensor or car battery issues.

This information alone is not enough. You will require precise details and step-by-step guidelines to solve the blinking tire pressure light nissan for good!

Key Takeaways

  • Common reasons behind the blinking tire pressure light are low tire pressure and malfunctioning of the TPMS sensors.
  • Resetting the TPMS sensor can solve the majority of the problems regarding the tire pressure light.
  • If you don’t want to fix this issue by yourself, you can take your Nissan to a car shop and fix it. 

Nissan Blinking Tire Pressure Light: Quick Fixes

The tire pressure light of your Nissan might be blinking for multiple hardware-related reasons. However, it’s easy to break down the problems and proceed with the solution.

This issue is seen in many other top car manufacturing companies such as Ford, Jeep, Honda, etc. For instance, a faulty tire pressure sensor in the Ford Escape is a common problem. 

But don’t worry, the chart below will sort out the symptoms and required solutions for you. 

Low tire pressureFlat/deflated tiresAdjust the pressure of the tires
TPMS malfunctioningRapid blinking of the tire sensorReboot the tire pressure sensor
Damaged tire pressure sensorBattery Issues

Sensor issue
Replace the battery

Replace the sensors

The quick fixes might be too complex to understand, given your situation. Not to worry, in the upcoming segment, you’ll find all the details to fix the Nissan blinking pressure light!

Nissan Blinking Tire Pressure Light: Elaborated Fixes

From the table mentioned earlier, you know the reasons for the tire pressure light blinking has 3 reasons. Now we’ll discuss the symptoms of these reasons and the corresponding fixes as well.

Reason 1: Low Tire Pressure

Low tire pressure is by far the most common reason why your tire pressure light is blinking on the Nissan. Nissan cars have a total of 4 sensors; one on each tire. Whenever the pressure of the tire is off, the light will go off.

The symptom of a tire that has inaccurate pressure is a deflated tire. When the tire is deflated, the pressure inside the tire automatically reduces. The same goes for a flat tire, where the pressure is close to zero.

Low Tire Pressure
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The tire’s pressure can be reduced due to many reasons. For instance, weak tire material, holes in the tire, etc. The tire pressure sensors (also known as TPMS) sense the reduced tire pressure and the light goes off on the dashboard. 

Solution: Adjust the Pressure of the Tires

You can see the maximum tire pressure on the side mold of the tire. However, that’s not the recommended PSI for tires. 

The tire pressure for each car is usually mentioned in the owner’s manual and in the sticker inside the driver’s side door. Additionally, you can contact the dealership for your Nissan car to know the exact PSI for your car!

The first step to the solution is to measure the pressure of your tire to make sure the PSI is accurate. 

  • To start off, make sure you’re measuring the PSI with cold tires. If you just came back from a drive, your tires might be hot, which could mess with the PSI.
  • Next, take off the valve cap of your tire, and using a tire pressure gauge, measure the PSI of each tire individually.
  • After that, use a tire inflator to inflate your tires and hit the recommended PSI for your Nissan. Similar to the last step, do this for all 4 tires.
  • Finally, check the PSI of each tire again and check the pressure light as well. It should stop blinking if the PSI is correct on each tire.

Reason 2: TPMS Malfunctioning

If the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) of the Nissan is malfunctioning, the tire pressure sensor may blink rapidly. This can be frustrating because the sensor will give out wrong signals, even if the pressure of the tires is within the recommended PSI.

A faulty/malfunctioning TPMS system is one of the reasons why the Honda Civic’s tire pressure lights stay on. This problem mainly arises due to a calibration failure. 

If you’ve recently changed out your tires, the malfunctioning can occur. Moreover, this can also be a reason if your spare tires aren’t the same size as your original tires.

Solution: Reboot the Tire Pressure Sensor

The issue with a malfunctioning Tire Pressure Monitoring System can be avoided with a reboot. There are a couple of ways to reset the TPMS sensor on a Nissan, I’ll be going through all of them.
You can do two things to soft reset the TPMS sensor. First, you can try inflating the tires by 3 PSI over the recommended level and deflate it completely. After that, inflate the tires back up to the recommended level again. That should reset the TPMS sensor.

The second thing you should do to soft reset the TPMS sensor is to drive the vehicle. Keep a speed of 50km per hour or more and drive the Nissan for 10 minutes, at least.

TPMS sensor
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The next restart of your Nissan will reset the TPMS sensor and the problem should be gone! If the TPMS sensors are still blinking, follow the steps given below for a successful TPMS reboot-

  • Firstly, make sure the tire pressure is perfect. Then, check if the TPMS is working properly or not. Turn off the ignition of your car. Then, insert your key into the ‘on’ position. Inspect the tire pressure light on your dashboard.

    The light should be on for about 3 seconds after turning the key. If the light stays on steady or is flashing, proceed to the next step.
  • Secondly, start reinitializing the tire pressure monitoring system. If your Nissan has a digital dashboard, hit the ‘Menu’ on the steering wheel and go to the main menu.

    Next, scroll down to ‘Maintenance’ and press on ‘Tire’. Finally, hit the ‘Reset’ to reinitialize the TPMS.

If you’re having trouble following up, use this video as a guideline for convenience-

If your Nissan doesn’t have an interactive dashboard, you can also reinitialize the TPMS manually. Try directly resetting the TPMS sensor. To restart the TPMS sensor directly-

Turn your key to the ‘on’ position. Next, depress the push-button ignition switch once to turn the car “on”. Do not press the brake pedal while doing do.

Then, find the reset button under the Nissan dashboard and hold it till the tire pressure light turns off. You can take help from the owner’s manual to find the reset button.

If that doesn’t work, turn the key to ‘on’ and push and hold the reset button. Keep holding down the button till the tire pressure flashes 3 times. After that, release the button. 

The sensor needs roughly 20 minutes to re-calibrate before you start the car. The tire pressure monitoring system is now reset.

This process is similar to many other cars. For example, you can follow this reset mechanism to fix the tire pressure sensor issue of Jeep Renegade as well!

You may also try hard resetting or brute force resetting the TPMS sensors. Doing a hard reset consists of the steps given below-

  • Start off by disconnecting the battery (negative first) once more with the engine off.
  • Then, release the vehicle’s stored energy by turning the key to the ‘on’ position and honking the horn. For around three seconds, honk the horn so that all the remaining energy inside the vehicle’s system is drained.

    Note that, the horn won’t honk without the battery. When the horn stops honking, you can be sure there’s no power left in the system.

    Finally, restart the vehicle after reconnecting the battery with the positive terminal first. The TPMS should function properly once again after this hard reset.

Remember to reboot the system whenever you change out a tire. This helps to let the system of a car calibrate the tire pressure sensor properly.

Reason 3: Damaged Tire Pressure Sensor

When the tire pressure sensor is damaged, the tire pressure light of the Nissan can come off without any reason. Overtime, the tire pressure sensor can wear out with the movement of the tire.

Additionally, it can happen due to the battery of your car and the sensor as well. Each tire has a direct sensor that measures the tire pressure and is operated by a battery. On the other hand, the car battery powers up the tire pressure light on the dashboard.

Damaged Tire Pressure Sensor
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You can consider a tire pressure sensor damaged if the battery of the direct sensor is dead. It’s because the battery of this sensor cannot be replaced. Also, if the car battery is not providing the necessary power, the pressure light can act weirdly.

Solution 1 of 2: Replace the Battery

The first solution is to replace the car battery. But you need to check if your car battery is putting out enough power before replacing it. To do that, use a multimeter on your car battery. If it puts out 12.6 volts, the car battery is working properly. 

The voltage reading might be below 10.5 or you might see signs of a car battery needing replacement. If that’s the case, change the car battery.

To change the car battery, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • First, find the car battery and disconnect the terminals of the battery.
  • Then, remove the old battery and clean the terminals and the battery tray. This will be a good foundation for the new battery.
  • Finally, install the new battery and reconnect the terminals.

While replacing the battery, use a cable memory saver and plug it into a fully charged battery maintainer. This will help in saving all the necessary settings even if the battery is disconnected from the car.

Solution 2 of 2: Replace the Sensors

The second solution is to replace the tire pressure sensors. The video below will guide you to replace the tire pressure sensors at home-

If this process is too technical for you, you can opt-in to take your car to the shop and do it. Note that, it will require labor costs and you’ll need to buy the replacement tire pressure sensors for your Nissan. After replacement, the tire pressure light will be off.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How Long Do Tire Pressure Sensors Last?

The tire pressure sensors can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. When the batteries inside the sensors run out, they stop sending signals to the tire pressure monitoring system.

What Is a Good Tire Pressure?

A good tire pressure is considered in a range of 32 to 35 PSI. Although it does vary for each different vehicle model and size. Heavier vehicles require more than 35 PSI.

What Is Unsafe Tire Pressure?

Lower than 25% of the recommended PSI is considered to be unsafe tire pressure. Also, going over the recommended tire pressure is also unsafe, as the tire might get damaged. 


This is everything on the blinking tire pressure light nissan. Hopefully, you’ll now be able to find out the reasons and fix them.

Always remember to keep extra tires on the back of your car. In emergencies, you can swap the spare tire with the deflated one and continue your journey! Have a great day.

Abdullah Anas

I am Abdullah Anas, a tire expert. I hate seeing people struggle to find the right tires for their cars. That is why he puts much effort into writing well-researched content about car tires. Today, it’s six years since he started the good work. I have received a lot of positive feedback from his readers and friends. Now my target is to let you understand every detail about all the tires available in the market

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