Learn How to Reset a Check Engine Light

Check engine light. Car dashboard in closeup

We’ve all been there. You’re driving along in Alda, when suddenly your check engine light illuminates. Oftentimes, you may determine that there’s nothing actually wrong with your engine, yet that pesky light just won’t go away. The Gregg Young CDJR service center is here for you with three ways you can successfully reset a check engine light.

If There Is a Problem, Have It Resolved

If you’ve reached the point where you’re wondering how you can reset a check engine light, you’re either sure there’s nothing actually wrong, or you’ve decided not to fix it right now. While this is ultimately the driver’s decision, we do urge you to take care of the issue as soon as it arises, for your own safety. Plus, ignoring a problem now can cause it to snowball into a much bigger issue over time. You can easily schedule service online to have the experienced technicians at Gregg Young CDJR get you back on Doniphan roads.

Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

If you haven’t found any problem that needs to be addressed, manually resetting your check engine light is the next logical action. To those who aren’t overly familiar with what’s under the hood of their car, this may sound incredibly daunting. It’s actually quite easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the ignition and put on safety glasses and gloves
  2. Locate the negative terminal. Usually, it has a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. For reference, the positive cap is usually red and will have a positive (+) symbol.
  3. Loosen the nut on the negative terminal with a wrench, then pull the negative connector from the battery. Keep it to the side for 30 – 60 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable and tighten it back up with your wrench.

This should do the trick, but if it doesn’t, we’ve got another option for you to try. Please note that disconnecting your battery may also reset your Uconnect® system!

Check Your Gas Cap

You may simply have a loose or cracked gas cap, which causes fumes to release. Oftentimes, your engine light will illuminate as a result. When you’re safely parked, simply remove your gas cap and put it right back on. If the engine light doesn’t turn off right away after you perform this check, follow the steps above to disconnect the battery, and you should be good to go! Note that if you’re driving an older vehicle, you may need to continue driving for a day or two before the light will shut off on its own.

Visit the Gregg Young CDJR Service Center for Additional Help

Cars can be tricky, even for seasoned DIYers! If you’re feeling unsure or prefer to let a professional handle the job, you can always bring your vehicle to our service center near Giltner. If you do try any of these methods at home and have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us. Ready to trade up for a newer vehicle with fewer problems? Take a look at our new vehicle specials! Or, if you need an oil change, learn more about how we keep oil changes affordable at Gregg Young CDJR.