How To Reset Check Engine Light on Ram 1500

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Whether you’re simply taking your Beavercreek commute or you’re preparing for a heavy-duty adventure, you want to make sure your RAM 1500 is performing at the top of its game. Your check engine light alerts you to essential repairs that need to be performed, however, and your RAM 1500 check engine light can remain illuminated after repairs are complete. Once you’ve ensured your vehicle is in working condition, you may be wondering, “how to reset check engine light on a RAM 1500?”. It’s actually easier than you might think, and the team at Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT is here to walk you through the process. Read about resetting your check engine light below and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Resetting RAM 1500 Check Engine Light

There are only a few steps for how to reset the check engine on a RAM 1500:

  • Start by disconnecting the negative cable from your battery
  • Keep them disconnected for 20 minutes
  • Reconnect the negative cable

This process is meant to reset the vehicle’s computer, although some older vehicles also require the truck to be driven up to 50 miles on Wilmington streets to re-calibrate the computer. Keep in mind that disconnecting the battery also resets the security system or other electronic systems in the vehicle.

Reasons Behind a Illuminated Check Engine Light

It’s important to only reset the RAM 1500 check engine light after any repairs have been addressed. The reasons behind why your light is illuminated can vary from not having the gas cap secured to having a faulty solenoid. Here are some options you can check if it’s on during your Springfield drives:

  1. Make Sure it’s the Check Engine Light: With the advancements in automotive technology, there may be new dashboard warning lights you’re not used to. Make sure the light illuminated is for your engine as it can easily be mistaken for the Service Required light, for example, for the Check Engine light. Your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat owner’s manual has a guide that identifies each warning light.
  2. Check Your Gas Cap: Your engine light can simply mean your gas cap isn’t secured. You can easily fix the issue by accessing the gas cap, removing it, and replacing it so that it’s secure. Then, perform the steps mentioned above to shut your check engine light off.
  3. Check the Codes: If you have access to a diagnostic scanner, it can save you a trip to a service center by checking the error codes generated. The scanner pinpoints exactly what issue has caused the light to turn on and if you’re a DIY enthusiast, you may already know how to fix it. However, if you feel more comfortable with a professional, our certified technicians can easily diagnose the issue and have you back on Wilmington roads with a repair.

Take Care of Your RAM 1500 with Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT!

The team at Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT is here to help with all your service needs around Xenia. If you’re looking for more hands-on tasks, take a look at our other service tips and tricks you can take care of at home. When you want to leave your repairs to our technicians, easily schedule service online and be sure to save on your next visit with our service specials.


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