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How to Reset a Dodge Engine Light

by Katebo

The check engine light illuminates on the control panel on the dashboard of your Dodge when the on-board diagnostic computer reads a trouble code from the engine. You should take your Dodge to a qualified mechanic to have the problem looked at and, if necessary, repaired before you reset the light. You can reset the light in a few minutes manually from home using a simple tool purchased from your local auto parts store. Or most auto parts stores will reset it for you for free.

Locate and open the fuse panel cover on your Dodge. This is inside the vehicle on the bottom of the dashboard on the driver's side. Pull down on the cover from the top of the panel with your fingers.

Locate an open port within the fuse panel that is the same size and shape as the connector end on your OBD scan tool. Plug the connector into the port.

Put the key in the ignition and turn it on to the "II" position, which is right before the engine starts. Wait for the light that is flashing on the OBD scan tool to turn off. Look on the dashboard above the steering column to see that the check engine light has turned off as well.


  • Check a repair manual for the specific model and year of your Dodge for the exact directions on how to reset the engine light. The instructions may vary a bit depending on year and model.

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