Tire pressure sensors are one of the most important parts of your Ford Fusion.
The sensors are designed to monitor the pressure inside your tires at all times so that you can be alerted if any tire has a lower-than-normal air pressure. This helps prevent problems such as blowouts or flats while driving Fusion.
However, when something is wrong with one of your fusion sensors you will get a “Tire Pressure Sensor Fault” warning.
In this article, I am going to help you understand what this means, what causes the fault, and how to go about resetting the tire pressure sensor fault message.
What Does “Tire Pressure Sensor Fault” Mean on a Ford Fusion?
To put it simply, this message means your Ford Fusion tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is not getting a signal from the tire pressure sensors (TPS).
This could mean that something is wrong with the tire pressure sensor itself, or it could mean that something is wrong with the battery.
What is a Tire Pressure Sensor (TPS)
The TPS is a small device that is attached to each tire, and it measures the air pressure inside.
It sends this information to the ECU on your Ford Fusion, which then displays it in the instrument cluster. This works by sending a signal to your Ford Fusion’s tire pressure monitoring system.
The TPMS then uses this information to calculate the proper amount of air pressure in each tire. It then displays this information on your instrument cluster, so you can see at all times how much air pressure is in each tire.
What Causes Ford Fusion Tire Pressure Sensor Fault?
The most common cause of a tire pressure sensor fault on a Ford Fusion is the TPS itself, which uses batteries and can fail over time.
Other than the Tire pressure sensor battery failing there are some other things that can cause a faulty TPS including physical damage to the sensor, loose wiring in the connector, a bad ground connection between the TPS and the body of the car, and a failing car battery.
How to Reset a Ford Fusion Tire Pressure Fault
The first thing that you need to do is get new tire pressure sensors at the nearest Ford dealer or any major Auto parts store and make sure that they are plugged in properly.
If you have already done this, then the next thing to do is check your car’s battery voltage. If it is low, then charge it up and try resetting the engine computer again by disconnecting the battery terminals for 10-15 minutes and then reconnecting.
As a Mechanic, I recommend changing all four tire pressure sensors at the same time because they wear out at different times so changing all of them will prevent having to change one every now and then.
How much Does it Cost to replace Ford Fusion TPS?
From my experience, the sensors themselves will set you back anywhere between 150-300 for all 4 sensors depending on where you get them. The labor will cost you $20-100 since this is an easy and straightforward job.
Can You Drive a Ford Fusion with a Tire Pressure Sensor Fault?
The answer is yes, you can drive the car with a tire pressure sensor fault. The only thing is that it will not tell you if one of your tires is low on air, so you need to keep an eye on them yourself.
I don’t recommend that you do that for long since you won’t be able to know when your tire pressure is really low and risk a tire blowout. If you’re traveling on a long trip, it might be better to pull over and check your tires.