BMW 3 Series (E90/E91/E92/E93) 2004–2013 Flat Tire Reset

BMW 3 Series (E90/E91/E92/E93) 2004–2013 Flat Tire Reset

About BMW 3 Series

The fifth generation 3 Series was produced in the sedan, wagon, coupé and cabriolet body styles. Due to the separate model codes for each body style, the term “E9X” is sometimes used to describe this generation of the 3 Series.

In 2006, the 335i became the first 3 Series model to be sold with a turbocharged petrol engine. The E90 also saw the introduction of run-flat tires to the 3 Series range. Consequently, cars with run-flats are not equipped with a spare tire.

The E90/E92/E93 M3 was powered by the BMW S65 v8 engine.

It was released in 2007 and was produced in sedan, coupe and cabriolet body styles.

Flat Tire Monitor Concept

The Flat Tire Monitor monitors tire pressures while the car is being driven. The system reports any significant loss of pressure in one tire in relation to another.

If a tire loses pressure, its rolling radius changes, and this in turn alters the speed of rotation. This change is detected and is reported as a flat tire.


Functional requirement

In order to assure the reliable reporting of a flat tire, the system must be initialized for the correct tire inflation pressure.

The system must be reinitialized each time a tire inflation pressure has been corrected or a wheel or tire has been changed.

System limitations

The Flat Tire Monitor is unable to warn the driver of sudden, severe tire damage caused by external factors, nor can it identify the gradual loss of pressure that will inevitably occur in all four tires over a lengthy period of time.

In the following situations, the system could be delayed or malfunction:

  • System has not been initialized
  • Driving on snowy or slippery road surface
  • Performance-oriented style of driving: slip in the drive wheels, high lateral acceleration
  • Snow chains are attached

Initializing the system – Reset Procedure

The initialization is completed during driving, which can be interrupted at any time. When driving resumes, the initialization is continued automatically. Do not initialize the system while snow chains are attached.

  1. Press the button.
  2. This opens the start menu.
  3. Press the controller to open the menu.
  4. Select “Settings” and press the controller.Select Settings and press the controller
  5. Select “Vehicle / Tires” and press the controller.
  6. If necessary, move the highlight marker to the uppermost field. Turn the controller until “FTM” is selected and press the controller.FTM is selected and press the controller
  7. Start the engine, but do not start driving.
  8. Select “Reset” and press the controller.
  9. Select “Yes” and press the controller.Select Yes and press the controller
  10. Start to drive. Initialization is completed while the car is in motion.


Indication of a flat tire

Flat tire warning lamp
Flat tire warning lamp


iDrive Control

iDrive integrates the functions of a large number of switches. This allows these functions to be operated from a single central position. The following section provides an introduction to basic menu navigation.

The control of the indi-vidual functions is described in connection with the relevant equipment.

iDrive integrates the functions

  • 1 Control Display
  • 2 button -Opening start menu
  • 3 Controller

The controller can be used to select menu items and to adjust settings:

  • Move in four directions, arrow 4
  • Turn, arrow 5
  • Push, arrow 6