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Learn How to Reset a Check Engine Light

We’ve all been there. You’re cruising down Red Bank streets when suddenly your check engine light pops on. Instead of covering up the warning, or attempting to ignore it, the Acura of Ocean service department has provided three ways by which you can successfully reset a check engine light. Discover how to reset your check engine light below:

Have Your Vehicle Serviced

If you’re searching for ways to reset a check engine light, you’re either sure there’s nothing wrong with your engine or you’ve decided not to fix the problem right now. While this is ultimately your decision, our service technicians urge you to take care of any engine issues as soon as they arise. In addition to important safety concerns, ignoring a problem now can lead to a much bigger issue over time. Freehold area drivers can conveniently schedule service appointments with us online.

Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

If a service technician cannot find any problems that need to be addressed, learning how to reset your check engine light manually is the next logical action. To anyone who hasn’t poked around under the hood of their car, this may sound like an intimidating process – but it’s actually quite easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your vehicle’s ignition and put on safety glasses/goggles and gloves.
  2. Locate the negative terminal. Typically, the negative terminal has a black cap with a negative (–) symbol imprinted on it. Consult your vehicle’s manual or contact our service department in Ocean for help, if needed.
  3. Using a wrench, loosen the nut on the negative terminal, then pull the negative connector away from the battery. Keep the connector to the side for 30 – 60 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable to the terminal and tighten it back up with your wrench.

Please note that disconnecting your vehicle’s battery may also reset your True Touchpad Interface system.

Inspect Your Gas Cap

A loose or cracked gas cap can cause fumes to escape from the gas tank. Your check engine light may illuminate as a result. When you’re safely parked, turn off your vehicle’s ignition and check your gas cap for any cracks or missing pieces. If your gas cap is damaged, please contact us to order a new one. If it appears to be in good condition, simply remove your gas cap and put it right back on.

Visit the Acura of Ocean Service Department for Additional Help

Cars can be tricky, even for seasoned DIYers! If you’ve attempted to reset your check engine light on your own and it still won’t turn off, you can always bring your vehicle to our service center near Asbury Park. Be sure to check out our service specials to help you get the most out of your vehicle, at the best value! If you want to try your hand at other common vehicle repairs or maintenance, check out our database of service tips and tricks like what happens if you don’t change your oil and more. We look forward to meeting you!

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