2021 Ram 1500 Limited with 12-inch touchscreen

How Do I Reset the Check Engine Light on my RAM 1500?

Kyle drivers with a RAM 1500 may have taken care of some work at our service center to fix an issue,but sometimes, their RAM 1500 check engine light will stay illuminated. So, how to reset the check engine light on RAM 1500? There’s just three simple steps that will get you back on the streets of Cedar Park worry-free!

  • Turn your battery off by disconnecting the negative cable
  • Wait for 20 minutes to reset the RAM 1500 check engine light. 
  • Reconnect the negative cable. 

Our experts at South Point Dodge has more information about how to reset the check engine light on the RAM 1500, including troubleshooting tips and other important information below.



How to Reset the Check Engine Light: Other Details 

If you see a check engine light on your Round Rock drives, panic might set in. However, sometimes a small issue can set off your check engine light. Here are some factors to weigh in if you’re having trouble with the reset: 

  • Gas Cap Check: A common culprit for a check engine light that won’t turn off is the ever-nefarious loose gas cap. You won’t believe how great you’ll feel when you find out all you have to do is screw that puppy in tight! 
  • Older Computers: What you’re doing when you reset the RAM 1500 check engine light is resetting the computer. On older trucks, the computer may require you to drive 50 miles in your RAM to reset the check engine light! 
  • Other Systems: Because you are resetting the computer, you are likely resetting the other electronic systems inside, including the security system. You may need to re-do some of your customizations. 

Check Engine Light: What it Means 

So, what is your RAM 1500 check engine light telling you? The above instructions relate to a scenario when you’ve already gotten your truck fixed. A check engine light can be a serious issue. If you’re not sure what it is indicating or are experiencing engine trouble, get in touch with our Cedar Park area service center. Here’s some other tips at figuring out what that light indicates: 

  • Check Engine Codes: Your engine computer generates a few specific codes that can tell you what’s wrong with your engine. If you want to go full DIY, you can buy an automotive diagnostic scanner. But deciphering these is usually the job of a truck mechanic. 
  • Is it the Check Engine Light? You’d be surprised how many seasoned drivers confuse one light for another! It’s safest to look at your owner’s manual to make sure you know which light is illuminated. 

Get Engine Service with South Point Dodge 

At South Point Dodge, we’re always ready to help Austin drivers take care of their new truck. No matter if you want to learn how to reset a check engine light on the RAM 1500 or keep up with vehicle maintenance schedules, we’re always here to help. Contact us today with any questions! Also be sure to learn more about the best local BBQ in Austin with our team today.

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