Learn How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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If you’ve noticed your check engine light pop on during your commute from Manistee to Cadillac, you might be prone to worry. Once you have everything checked out, you can hit the streets with peace of mind. But what happens when that check engine light won’t shut off? Today, our service team will help you learn how to reset your check engine light so you can get back to tranquil travels. Read on below to discover our tips on when to reset a check engine light and more!

If There Is a Problem, Have It Resolved

If you’ve reached the point where you’re looking to learn how to reset your check engine light, you’re either sure the problem is fixed, or you’re holding off on servicing your vehicle. While this decision is yours to make, we strongly recommend that you handle service needs as they arise. When maintenance issues are allowed to linger, they can snowball into expensive issues and become hazardous. 

Before you reset your check engine light, schedule service with Serra Cadillac Of Traverse City. Our team can offer affordable and reliable care to help you get back on the Grayling streets in no time. 

Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

If you’ve discovered that there are no issues that need to be addressed, you can perform a manual reset of your check engine light in your own driveway. If you’re not a seasoned DIYer, the process may seem daunting. However, you can learn how to reset a check engine light in just a few steps:

  1. Turn off your vehicle. Next, put on safety glasses and gloves. 
  2. Find the negative terminal. Generally, it will have a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. 
  3. Remove the nut on the negative terminal with a wrench. Pull the negative connector from the battery. Keep it aside for 30 – 60 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable and secure it with your wrench. 

At this point, your check engine light should be reset. If it’s not, you may want to try our next trick. Keep in mind that disconnecting your battery may reset your infotainment system!

Check Your Gas Cap

Sometimes, something as simple as a loose or cracked gas cap can set off your check engine light. When your gas cap is faulty, fumes will escape and cause your check engine light to click on. Find a safe spot to park and simply tighten your gas cap. You’ll also want to inspect for damage. If your check engine light goes off right after trying this method, then you’ve found the culprit!

Visit the Serra Cadillac Of Traverse City Service Center for Guidance

Car care can be tricky for even the most experienced drivers. If you’re unsure about resetting your check engine light on your own, contact us today. Our seasoned service technicians will quickly diagnose the problem with your vehicle and can offer affordable solutions. Better yet, be sure to explore our service coupons before your next visit!

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