Learn How to Reset a Check Engine Light

Engine malfunction warning light control in car dashboard.

If you notice the check engine light on your Volkswagen, it’s important to get the issue checked out as soon as possible. But what if you’ve already scheduled your service, and that light just won’t go away? While our technicians are happy to resolve the issue for you, performing a quick VW check engine light reset is easier than you might think. Let’s take a look at what you should know about your Volkswagen check engine light.

Schedule Your Service

The best way to get rid of the Volkswagen check engine light is to get a professional diagnosis and resolution at our service center. Our technicians will connect your car to a code reader, which will identify the problem in seconds. Then we can get the issue resolved, and you can get back on the Tysons Corner roads without a pesky light bothering you.

Check Your Gas Cap

One of the most common causes of a Volkswagen check engine light is a loose or cracked gas cap. When the gas fumes escape the tank, this triggers the light to pop on automatically. So just to be safe, we recommend checking your gas cap before you head out to the dealership. You could save yourself a trip!

Perform a VW Check Engine Light Reset

Maybe you’ve come back from an auto shop and that light still won’t go away. Or maybe you want to flip off the light until your service appointment. Either way, you can perform this task at home. Here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  • Turn off the ignition in your car.
  • Put on protective glasses and gloves.
  • Pop the hood to access your battery.
  • Look for the negative terminal with a black cap.
  • Loosen the nut, and pull the connector off the battery for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Put the connector back on the battery and retighten it with a wrench.

Keep in mind that this process will reset your electronics. So even though the light will turn off, you’ll probably need to resync your infotainment system.

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 significant 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:

  • Turn off the ignition.
  • Put on safety glasses and gloves
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 it could cause your infotainment system to also reset.

Schedule Your Service with Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles

The check engine light on your Volkswagen may be an eyesore, but it can reveal vital information about your vehicle. So if you want to reset it for good, be sure to schedule your appointment with Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles in Sterling. We’re only a short drive from Alexandria, and we’d love to get your car back in gear. Contact us for more information or service tips, like how to reset your EPC light.


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