BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Flat Tire Monitor FTM User Manual
Flat Tire Monitor FTM
The Flat Tire display detects a tire pressure loss while driving and issues a warning if the tire pressure has dropped.
The system detects tire pressure loss on the basis of rotation speed differences between the individual wheels while driving. In the event of a tire pressure loss, the diameter and therefore the rotational speed of the corresponding wheel changes. The difference will be detected and reported as a flat tire. The system does not measure the actual inflation pressure in the tires.
The following conditions must be met for the system; otherwise, reliable message of a tire pressure loss is not assured:
- After a tire or wheel replacement, an initialization was performed with the correct tire inflation pressure.
- After the tire pressure was adjusted to a new value, an initialization was performed.
The current status of the Flat Tire Monitor FTM can be displayed, for instance, whether the FTM is active.
- “Vehicle status”
- “Flat Tire Monitor” The status is displayed.
Initialization must be performed in the following situations:
- After the tire inflation pressure has been adjusted.
- After a tire or wheel replacement.
When initializing, the set tire inflation pressures serve as reference values in order to detect a flat tire. Initialization is started by confirming the tire inflation pressures. Do not initialize the system when driving with tire chains.
- “Vehicle status”
- “Flat Tire Monitor”
- Turn on the drive-ready state and do not drive off.
- Start the initialization with: “Perform reset”
- Drive away.
The initialization is completed while driving, which can be interrupted at any time.
The initialization automatically continues when driving continues.
When a flat tire is indicated, DSC Dynamic Stability Control is switched on, if needed.
A damaged regular tire with low or missing tire inflation pressure impacts handling, such as steering and braking response. Run-flat tires can maintain limited stability. There is a risk of accident. Do not continue driving if the vehicle is equipped with normal tires. Follow the information on run-flat tires and continued driving with these tires.
Indication of a flat tire
A yellow warning light is illuminated in the instrument cluster.
In addition, an icon with a Check Control message appears on the Control Display. There is a flat tire or a major tire pressure loss.
- Reduce your speed and stop cautiously. Avoid sudden braking and steering maneuvers.
- Check whether the vehicle is fitted with normal tires or run-flat tires. Run-flat tires are labeled with a circular icon containing the letters RSC marked on the tire sidewall. Run-flat tires, refer to page 326.
Actions in the event of a flat tire Normal tires
- Identify the damaged tire. To do this, check the tire pressure in all four tires, for instance using the tire pressure display of a flat tire kit. When the tire inflation pressure in all four tires is correct, the Flat Tire Monitor FTM may not have been initialized. In this case, initialize the system. If identification of flat tire damage is not possible, please contact a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.
- Repair the flat tire, e.g., with a flat tire kit or by changing the wheel.
The vehicle handles differently when a run-flat tire has insufficient or no tire pressure; for instance, reduced lane stability when braking, braking distances are longer and the self-steer‐ing properties will change. There is a risk of an accident. Drive moderately and do not exceed a speed of 50 mph/80 km/h.
You may continue driving with a damaged tire at speeds up to 50 mph/80 km/h.
Continued driving with a flat tire
Follow the following when continuing to drive with a damaged tire:
- Avoid sudden braking and steering maneuvers.
- Do not exceed a speed of 50 mph/80 km/h.
- Check the tire inflation pressure in all four tires at the next opportunity.
- When the tire inflation pressure in all four tires is correct, the Flat Tire Monitor may not have been initialized. In this case, initialize the system.
Possible driving distance with a depressurized tire
The distance for which it may be possible to drive safely vary depending on how the vehicle is loaded and used, e.g., speed, road conditions, and outside temperature. The driving distance may be less but may also be more if an economical driving style is used. If the vehicle is loaded with an average weight and used under favorable conditions, the distance for which it may be safe to drive may be up to 50 miles/80 km.
Vehicle handling with damaged tires
Vehicles driven with a damaged tire will handle differently, potentially leading to conditions such as the following:
- Greater likelihood of skidding of the vehicle.
- Longer braking distances.
- Changed self-steering properties.
Modify your driving style. Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers or driving over obstacles, for instance, curbs or potholes.
Final tire failure
Vibrations or loud noises while driving can indicate the final failure of a tire. Reduce speed and stop; otherwise, pieces of the tire could come loose and cause an accident. Do not continue driving. Contact a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.
The system could be delayed or malfunction in the following situations:
- A natural, even tire pressure loss in all four tires will not be recognized. Therefore, check the tire inflation pressure regularly.
- Sudden serious tire damage caused by external circumstances cannot be recognized in advance.
- The system has not been initialized.
- When driving on a snowy or slippery road.
- Sporty driving style: slip-on traction wheels, high lateral acceleration (drifting).
- When driving with tire chains.
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