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How to Reset the Check Engine Light

by Thomas Brintzenhofe; Updated September 18, 2017

On older cars, the check engine light can be reset by disconnecting the negative battery terminal for 20 to 30 seconds. Take newer cars to an auto shop to have the check engine light reset with tips from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance.

About the Author

Thomas Brintzenhofe has been a certified mechanic for more than 14 years, and a certified master mechanic for more than eight years. He is a General Motors certified driveability technician, an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified mechanic and a trained automotive instructor. Brintzenhofe owned and operated a fully functional automotive repair garage for four years. He currently works as an industrial heavy equipment mechanic for International Steel Group in Coatesville, Pa.

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