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Check engine light, will it turn off by itself?

I took my 1996 Geo Prizm to Autozone to check why the "check engine" light came on. It was diagnosed as a misfire and I was told that it was either plugs or a plug wire. We replaced them along with rotor and distributor cap.

So, will the check engine light go off on it's own now that it's been fixed or does it have to be reset? I have seen some say to disconnect neg. battery terminal for 10 seconds, another opinion was disconnect battery for 2 min.
Does anyone know for sure?

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If you want to want to be the handyman, disconnect the negative terminal from the battery and turn your lights on, this will drain all electricity in your car allowing your codes to reset. You should wait 10-15 minutes before reconnecting the battery. The safest way is to take it to auto zone or your mechanic autozone will do it for free and only take about 5 minutes of your time.
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Take it back to autozone and have them clear the code. if it comes back on, hopefully it won't but that will mean that either the problem wasn't fixed or that there is a new problem.

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