How to Reset a Check Engine Light

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Have you ever explained away a check engine light as a minor glitch? It’s a common form of denial, especially when you don’t want to face a repair bill. However, the cost of simply ignoring it can open the door to major engine trouble. It’s worth your while to have it checked out at Regal Kia serving Winter Haven, but if nothing is amiss you probably just need to reset your engine light.

Easy Fix for a Faulty Check Engine Light

There’s no need to be intimidated. Resetting an engine light is a simple matter, a few easy steps and you’ve got it. If our service department doesn’t find a problem, it’s probably an easy fix. As an electrical issue, it can usually be resolved by disconnecting and reconnecting your negative battery cable.

Always use safety equipment when working around a car battery, including safety goggles and gloves. With your engine turned off, use a wrench to remove the nut on the negative terminal (if you’re unfamiliar with car batteries, it’s the one with the negative (-) symbol). You can reattach the cable after about one minute.

What to Do if Resetting Fails

There are several possible causes for an activated engine light, most of which you can easily resolve. If you’re uncomfortable with a wrench in your hand, the service professionals at %%di_name% near Plant City can help. Here are a few areas to check out:

  • Old and worn down spark plugs may need replacing
  • Your mass airflow sensor could be clogged or dirty
  • Your gas cap may need tightening or, if damaged, should be replaced
  • A faulty catalytic converter can result in burnt coolant vapor getting into your exhaust, causing performance/mileage issues

Contact Regal Kia for Help With Your Check Engine Light

Resolving a faulty check engine light is usually a simple matter, and most causes can be fixed without involving a mechanic. However, if you run into complications or don’t know what needs to be done, contact us with any questions or concerns. The service and parts experts at Regal Kia are glad to help. Give us a call today!



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