How to Reset the Check Engine Light

Maybe you were driving around Austin or Round Rock when your check engine light suddenly came on without any sign of a problem. It’s a frustrating experience and Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can help. Our expertly trained team can tell you if there really is an issue with your engine, or if the check engine light just needs a reset. Let our helpful service center explain what the problems might be, and how to reset your check engine light.

Don’t Reset Your Check Engine Light if Your Vehicle Has a Problem

First of all, if your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram is acting up when driving around Cedar Park, get it serviced immediately at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and don’t reset the check engine light! Signs of a serious problem include:

  • Smoke,
  • Unusual odors
  • Leaking fluids
  • Unfamiliar sounds
  • Poor performance.

If you experience these problems and don’t have your car serviced, it could lead to further repairs in the future. Whether it’s a bad alternator or something more, you don’t want to let a major problem go unchecked.

How to Manually Reset the Check Engine Light

Assuming there is no issue with your vehicle and the check engine light is still on, you can manually reset it pretty easily. Just follow the steps listed below:

  • Make sure your car is turned off and that the engine is cool.
  • Find some safety gloves and glasses and put them on.
  • Next, locate the negative terminal on your battery under the hood of your car. It will have a black cap and a negative (–) symbol on it. The positive terminal is red with a positive (+) symbol, so make sure you are focused on the negative terminal.
  • Using a wrench, loosen the nut on the negative terminal until you can pull the negative connector out from the battery.
  • Leave it off to the side for at least one whole minute.
  • Then, reconnect the negative cable and use your wrench to tighten the nut back.

Check The Gas Cap on Your Vehicle

If that didn’t work, another reason your check engine light might be on is a faulty gas cap. If your gas cap is faulty (cracked, broken, or doesn’t fit properly), it will release fumes and could cause your car’s check engine light to illuminate. Check your gas cap for signs of a problem and tighten it. Then, turn your vehicle back on and see if the check engine light is still on.

Have Your Engine Checked at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Today

Now that you know how to reset your check engine light, if it’s still on you should bring your car into the service center at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We have a knowledgeable and helpful team that will get you back on Georgetown roads in no time. Check out our great service specials and then give us a call today.

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