How to Reset a Check Engine Light

check engine light on

If you’ve had your Honda engine light come on and have resolved the problem, but notice that the check engine light is still on, then this article is for you. In the worst case scenario, you can get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you out, but there may be some home remedies you can use to resolve the issue yourself. Wondering how to reset your Honda check engine light? Read on, and you’ll be back to cruising the streets of Union and South Plainfield worry free in no time.


Check the Engine with a Scanner

It’s important to make sure you’re not covering up a problem that needs to be fixed. Have the vehicle fault codes looked at with an OBDII scanner to see why the engine light is on, before resetting it. You can also look up the various Honda dashboard light meanings. Remember that we have a great set of OEM parts tips available for you, and you can also contact our parts department for anything you need. Now that we have that covered, let’s talk reset opportunities.

Disconnect the Negative Battery Cable

Doing a manual reset of the battery light is easy, but it will reset the electrical system of your vehicle, including its clock and infotainment system:

  1. Turn off the ignition and put on safety glasses and gloves.
  2. Locate the negative terminal. Usually, it has a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. For reference, the positive cap is red and will have a positive (+) symbol.
  3. Loosen the nut on the negative terminal with a wrench, then pull the negative connector from the battery. Keep it to the side for 30 – 60 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable and tighten it back up with your wrench.

Check Your Gas Cap

Make sure the gas cap of your vehicle is securely tightened, so much that it clicks. The check engine light is sometimes caused by a lose gas cap.

Visit the VIP Honda Service Center for Additional Help

If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to stop by our service center near Kenilworth, or better yet, schedule service online now! We have the tools, expertise, and experience to handle any automotive issue, so schedule service today!

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