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How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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Seeing your check engine light flick on as you drive around Springfield or Cottage Grove is never ideal, and sometimes it just won’t turn off even after you’ve established that nothing is wrong. That’s when our Kiefer Kia service center can step in to help. Learn how to reset a check engine light with this guide by Kiefer Kia, below.

Should Your Check Engine Light Be Reset?

If you want that check engine light to be reset, you should already be fairly sure there’s nothing wrong with the vehicle or that whatever is the matter doesn’t need to be fixed right away.

That’s your decision, but we do suggest taking care of any issue as soon as it arises. Delay might be tempting, but you could be risking more serious problems in the future. If so, you may be looking at inconvenient breakdowns, expensive repair work, and a longer time without your vehicle, so feel free to schedule servicing online to ensure perfect peace of mind as you cover Roseburg roads.

How Do You Reset Your Check Engine Light?

If you’ve decided resetting is the way to go, you’ll find the process surprisingly straightforward. Simply disconnect the negative battery cable by following these steps:

  • Turn off your ignition.
  • Don some safety glasses and gloves.
  • Locate the negative terminal. It should have a black cap and a negative (–) symbol.
  • Loosen the negative terminal’s nut with a wrench, then pull the connector from the battery, keeping it to the side for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Reconnect the cable and tighten with your wrench.

If that doesn’t do the trick, you should check your gas cap. If it’s cracked or loose, fumes will be released and your engine light will switch on. Park safely, remove the gas cap, then screw it firmly back on. If the engine light doesn’t turn off right away, follow the steps above to disconnect the battery and everything should be good.

Visit Kiefer Kia for Your Maintenance Needs

We’re always happy to help whether you’re comparing the latest Kia models or looking for maintenance advice. For any further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us directly or drop by the showroom.

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