How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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When you’re driving around Sparta Twp, you like so many other drivers might have one of three reactions when they see the check engine light flash on their dashboard: panic, annoyance, or indifference. The good news is that resetting a check engine light can be easier than you think, and in some cases, it may be something as simple as a loose gas cap that caused the light to come on in the first place. Let’s dive into some tips on how to reset a check engine light and when it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle to our Honda service center. If you have any questions, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our team as well. 

Tip #1: Check Your Gas Cap First

Believe it or not, a loose gas cap can sometimes be the culprit behind a check engine light. If you notice the light come on, try tightening the gas cap and driving for several miles. If the issue was the gas cap, the light should turn off on its own.

Tip #2: How to Reset a Check Engine Light Yourself

We highly recommend taking your vehicle to a professional to diagnose and fix the issue behind a check engine light before you find yourself broken down somewhere in Hackettstown. However, if you’re certain that the problem has been fixed and want to try resetting the check engine light yourself, here are five steps to follow:

How to Reset The Check Engine Light:

  1. Put on safety glasses and gloves and turn off the ignition.
  2. Locate the negative terminal on your battery, which is usually marked with a black cap and a negative (-) symbol. The positive terminal will have a red cap and a positive (+) symbol.
  3. Use a wrench to loosen the nut on the negative terminal and remove the negative connector from the battery. Leave it disconnected for 30 seconds to one minute.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable and use the wrench to tighten it.
  5. If the check engine light does not turn off after resetting, it may indicate that the issue is still present and you should have a professional diagnose the problem.

Tip #3: Don’t Ignore the Check Engine Light

While resetting a check engine light can be helpful in certain situations, it’s important not to ignore the light if it continues to come on. The light is an early warning sign that something is wrong, and addressing the issue early can prevent it from becoming a major problem down the line. Make sure you bring your vehicle by our Honda service center if you think something is still wrong.

Our Honda Service Center Can Help Today

There’s a reason your check engine light is on, and we can easily figure out what it is and how to fix it. So, schedule an appointment with us today! Denville drivers who visit our Honda service center know that they’re in good hands, all you need to do is stop by and see what we can offer. You can even save money thanks to our selection of service specials.


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