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Learn How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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It happens to everyone. You’re driving along in Marlton and your check engine light illuminates. Typically, there’s nothing actually wrong with your engine, yet that light won;t turn off. At Honda of Turnersville, we can help you determine the cause of the light going off as well as help you reset the check engine light step by step when the time comes. If you would rather have a professional take a look, schedule service with the Honda of Turnersville service team.



If There Is a Problem, Have It Resolved

Interested in learning how you can reset a check engine light? First, you’ll want to make sure there’s nothing actually wrong with the engine. We urge you to take care of the issue right away to ensure a safer driving experience. Plus, ignoring a problem now could cause a more serious, more expensive problem in the future. Schedule service with us and we’ll have your model working great in no time.


Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

If there’s no problem that needs addressed, manually resetting your check engine light is the next step. If you’re not overly familiar with what’s under the hood, no worries. This task may seem daunting, but it’s fairly easy. Just follow these four 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 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 infotainment system!


Check Your Gas Cap

If there’s not an engine issue and the light won’t turn off, you could have a loose or cracked gas cap. This causes fumes to release and can be the cause of the check engine light illuminating. Simply remove the gas cap and put it right back on. If the check engine light doesn’t turn off right away, repeat the steps above and you should be golden.


Visit the Honda of Turnersville Service Center for Additional Help

If you’d rather have the professional take a look, our service team is here to help. Our dealership also offers service specials to help you save more on the services your vehicle needs. Learn more car-care tips as well! Contact our team with any questions in the meantime about our services, how much a replacement battery costs, about the Honda key fob battery, and more.


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