Learn How to Reset a Check Engine Light

Engine malfunction warning light control in car dashboard.

If you are driving along the roads of Tysons Corner and notice that your check engine light has come on, don’t panic. Although the check engine light can indicate an issue with your vehicle that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, sometimes it can be a sign of something much less significant. Often, you may determine that there’s nothing actually wrong with your engine, yet that pesky light just won’t go away. If you are wondering how to reset a check engine light, the experts at the Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles service center have prepared this helpful guide.

Resolve Any Problems with the Vehicle

To ensure your safety on the roads of Springfield, it is best to have your vehicle looked at by a professional to ensure that the check engine light isn’t letting you know about a major issue. Sometimes, if you ignore an issue with your vehicle, it could eventually become worse and more costly. Setting up a service appointment at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles is quick and easy.

Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

If it has been determined that there is nothing wrong with your vehicle, you may need to reset the check engine light manually. Although it may sound like a complicated process, it really is simpler than you may think. All you need to do is follow the steps provided below:

  1. Turn off the ignition.
  2. Put on safety glasses and gloves
  3. Locate the negative terminal. In most cases, you will find a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. If this is the case, the positive cap should be red with a positive (+) symbol.
  4. Use a wrench to loosen the nut on the negative terminal. Once this is complete, pull the negative connector off of the battery. Move it out of the way for approximately 30 – 60 seconds.
  5. Reconnect the negative cable and use the wrench to retighten it.

It is likely that this is all you will need to do, but if this does not work, there is another step that you can try. Before you attempt to disconnect your battery, keep in mind that by doing so, it could cause your infotainment system to also reset.

Check Your Gas Cap

A loose or cracked gas cap could also be the culprit. This easy-to-fix issue could cause your check engine light to illuminate as well. Find a place where you are able to pull over and park safely to check the gas cap. Once it has been adjusted, you should be good to go!

Contact Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles for More Information

If you have any questions about automotive maintenance, do not hesitate to reach out to the team at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles. We would be glad to assist you. We also have information on resetting your EPC light.

Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles 38.9978364, -77.4331695.