How to Reset a Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light


The appearance of a check engine light in the dash is never a welcome sight. This is especially true if the check engine light lingers after the problem has been resolved. If you’re sure that there are no issues but the check engine light won’t go away, you will definitely want to know how to reset a check engine light. Our Honda of Columbia service center team is here to help you reset your check engine light with some helpful tips.

If There Is a Problem, Have It Resolved

If you’re trying to reset a check engine light, either there is nothing wrong, or you have decided to forgo service. While it is always your choice when and where to have car care handled, we strongly recommend you take care of service concerns as soon as possible. Allowing your vehicle to fall into disrepair can cause safety hazards and will diminish your fuel-efficiency and performance.

You can schedule service with us, where we will be sure to provide an affordable solution to the issue and reset your check engine light for peace of mind during your Columbia commute. Our service center near Irmo has state-of-the-art equipment and certified technicians to handle all of your automotive needs!

Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

Sometimes a check engine light can turn on when there is truly no problem that needs to be addressed. In that case, you can learn how to reset your check engine light manually. If you have never popped the hood for DIY car care, this may seem intimidating, but if you follow these steps, you can reset your check engine light with ease:

  1. Turn off the car and put on safety gloves and glasses.
  2. Locate the negative terminal. You can look for a black cap and a negative (–) symbol to indicate that you have found it.
  3. Using a wrench, loosen the nut on the negative terminal. Pull the negative connector from the battery and keep it aside for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable and be sure to tighten it back up with your wrench.

While this method is likely to reset your check engine light, if it doesn’t work, you can try the next tip below. Keep in mind, disconnecting the battery may also reset your infotainment system!

Check Your Gas Cap

A simple explanation of why you can’t reset your check engine light may be due to your gas cap. If your gas cap is loose or cracked, it can release fumes, which can cause your check engine light to come on as a result. Find a safe place to park and fully remove your gas cap and put it back on. If a bad fuel cap is to blame for a stubborn check engine light, this technique should solve it.

Visit Our Lexington Service Center for Additional Help

Cars can be difficult to manage, even for seasoned professionals. If you’re unsure what has caused your check engine light to come on, turn to our service center near West Columbia for help. We can offer a quick diagnosis and an affordable solution to your automotive issue. Contact us to learn more about the service we provide, and be sure to explore our service specials before your next appointment!

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