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How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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When you see the check engine light come on, you want to get the problem resolved immediately. Sometimes, the light can stay on even after you’ve had the problem fixed. This is pretty common with most vehicles, and it’s something that can be easily fixed. Learn how to reset a check engine light with the service center at Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, so you can drive through Nickerson with peace of mind. 

Make Sure the Issue Is Resolved

When resetting the check engine light, it’s important to make sure that the original issue is actually resolved. If you reset the check engine light without resolving the issue first, then it can be easy to forget the issue, which can cause long-term issues later on and result in serious repairs. If you need to have your vehicle diagnosed, then schedule a visit to our service center at Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Buhler. 

How to Reset a Check Engine Light Step by Step

Once you’re certain that the mechanical issue with your vehicle has been resolved, you can now take to resetting the check engine light. You don’t have to be an ace mechanic to to reset the check engine light, and the process is actually pretty straightforward. Here are the steps: 

  1. Put on safety glasses and gloves. 
  2. Turn off the ignition. 
  3. Locate the negative terminal on your battery. It will usually have a black cap and a negative symbol (-). If you’re unsure where to find it, check your owner’s manual. 
  4. Once you’ve found the negative terminal, loosen the nut on the terminal with a wrench, and pull the negative connector from the battery. 
  5. Keep the connector off to the side for about 30-60 seconds. 
  6. Reconnect the negative cable and tighten it with the wrench. 

Once you’ve performed the following steps, your check engine light should be successfully reset. If this doesn’t work, try checking your gas cap, as it could be loose or cracked, which could cause fumes to release. When this happens, your check engine light can flash as a result. 

To fix this, simply remove the gas cap and put it back on. If the check engine light doesn’t turn off immediately, perform this check again, repeat the steps above, and then you should be all set to hit the Newton roads. 

Service Your Vehicle at Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Contact us to set up an appointment at our service center in Hutchinson if your check engine light is still flashing. Let us help you keep your car in tip-top shape. 

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