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How to Reset Check Engine Light

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Your new Honda is equipped with a suite of safety lights designed to alert you as soon as a problem’s detected so you can keep your vehicle running safely in Bismarck, like the TPMS light and the Check Engine light. Do you know how to rest the check engine light in your Honda Accord? Find out with Ryan Honda of Minot.

How to Reset Check Engine Light: Look for Possible Problems

Of course, when your Check Engine light comes on, you need to check for problems before you reset it. Your Check Engine light is the key to finding problems with your car before they become serious or dangerous. When you’re driving in Devils Lake and your Check Engine light illuminates, it can mean any of these things:

  • There is a problem with the engine’s electrical system
  • There is a problem with the emission control system
  • The fuel tank is empty or extremely low
  • The gas cap is missing or not screwed on tightly enough

When you’ve checked with a service department and know for sure it’s none of these issues, then you can reset your Check Engine light.

How to Reset Check Engine Light: Check Your Gas Cap

It bears repeating that a gas cap that’s missing or not screwed in tight enough can cause your Check Engine light to come on. Make sure that’s the first thing you check when your Check Engine light comes on.

Steps on How to Reset Your Check Engine Light

Once you’ve resolved the problem, the Check Engine light might not reset on its own. If that’s the case, here’s how to reset Check Engine light:

  1. Turn off the ignition and let the engine cool.
  2. While wearing safety glasses and gloves, locate the negative terminal on your car battery. It will most often have a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. The positive cap is red and will have a positive (+) symbol.
  3. Loosen the nut on the negative terminal with a wrench. Remove the negative connector from the battery. Keep it to the side for 30 – 60 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable and tighten it with your wrench.

Learn How to Maintain Your Honda with Ryan Honda of Minot.

For more information on how to maintain your Honda, check Ryan Honda of Minot’s service tips and tricks so you can save time and money by taking care of small issues yourself, like changing your cabin air filterhow to make your tires last longer, or how to wash a car. If you encounter bigger problems that require professional service, check out service specials for a great deal.

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