How to Reset Check Engine Light

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Your check engine light often pops on when you least expect it, so what’s going on with your vehicle? A quick visit to the service center is all you need to diagnose the problem, but in the meantime, learning how to reset your check engine light allows you to drive in peace throughout Lakewood Ranch. Take a look at our troubleshooting tips with Wilde Lexus Sarasota, and schedule your service today!

Resetting Your Engine Light

The check engine light will usually turn off automatically after your service, but sometimes it needs a little help. Luckily, learning how to reset the check engine light manually is easy:

  1. Put on safety glasses and gloves.
  2. Turn off the ignition and pop the hood.
  3. Look for the negative terminal. It has a black cap with a negative (-) symbol on it.
  4. Grab a wrench and loosen the nut on the negative terminal.
  5. Remove the negative connector from the battery and hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
  6. Reconnect the negative cable and tighten with the wrench.

Keep in mind that while this process will reset your engine light, it can also reset systems like Lexus Enform.

Troubleshooting Your Car Issue

Before you rush to reset your engine light, it’s important to resolve any potential problems. A check engine light can indicate anything from minor to major car issues, so it’s always a good idea to contact our service center for expert advice. Even the smallest car problems can become huge headaches down the road. However, some Venice drivers prefer to reset the engine light while waiting for their appointment.

Most Common Car Issues

One of the most overlooked reasons for a check engine light is the gas cap. So before you rush off to the service center, we recommend taking off your gas cap and putting it back on. Sometimes tightening the gas cap is all you need to resolve your issue.

Schedule Your Service Today

You know how to reset a check engine light, but what if you still have questions in Bradenton? Contact us at Wilde Lexus Sarasota in Sarasota for additional information. Our certified technicians can bring your car back to pristine condition, so don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help!

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