I have a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle, and I wanted to reset my engine light. I'm from Canada and I don't think we have Autozone here. So i was wondering if there was any way I could do this myself? Or if anyone had any other suggestions.
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The check engine light can be one of many things, even as simple as a loose gas cap. A check engine light means there are error codes in your car's computer. Stop by an auto parts store and ask them to pull the codes. Most of the national chain stores will do it for free. Takes about 5 minutes...
It must be reset with an ODB computer diagnostic tool. You should be able to take it to any auto repair shop and they can reset it. They will also be able to tell you if there is any codes on the unit that may have caused the light to come on, aside from your oil change.
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In my country, most overheating issues on Volkswagen models are resolved by:
entirely removing the thermostat (not applicable in cold regions);
wiring the fan to switch on once the engine is running (with or without the A/C or heater being turned on);
replacing the radiator thermal switch for the fan to a lower temp.
As to the "check engine light", the correct procedure would be to have the engine management computer scanned for fault logs. The error codes would point to the probable area(s) to check/clean/replace.
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