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Resetting honda civic check engine light

I had a diagnostic code that told me my gas cap was loose, which it probably was because it was not a honda cap, I replaced it but now how do I get the check engine light to go out?

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  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    the check engine light is on and i have no idea what that could mean. i bought my 2005 civic used and the car dealership didnt give me the manual. so frustrating

  • yumagrev Mar 16, 2009

    I have the same problem but not like the other post here, my car is a Honda Civic 2001 (Mexican) but I dont have none problem with the motor just every 5000 kilometers this light turn on indicates me I need to take to a mechanic to make it the service, the problem is I do the services, but I dont have scanner,

    I take my car whit a mechanic ant conect the scanner and he tell me it´s not a problem whit my car, just he reset the light making a some moves in the switch, dimmer and the stick of the automatic trasmision and the light turn off inmeditly,

    The problem is I need to pay him 20 bucks in each reset, and really I dont have that money, thats why I have the tune up to my car, please somebody nows how can I do this, Im living in Mexico, and is very rare find a scanner in my town

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    I have some info to answer some of the questions, and a question i have for the original poster. I will also post in the answers under the answer question thingy.

    First, to help yumagrev, i have 05 US civic si, and in my car to reset the "main req'd" (maitenance required light), follow these steps:
    1. turn off engine
    2. press and hold the "Select/Reset" button on intrument panel (odometer button), while holding turn the key to the "On" position
    3. continue holding the odometer button for about 10 seconds until the maintenance lamp turns off.

    the maint reqd lamp flashes a few time to remind me to change oil at 8,000 miles, and stays on at 10,000 miles (factory specified oil change interval). i usually change oil every 3000ish miles tho.

    To answer the guest question, my interpretation of the owners manual on my car, anything that makes the other lamp, the check engine lamp, the one that is a little box representing the drivetrain, go on is generally emissions related, eg gas cap or faulty O2 sensor. usually not gonna bust the car immediately, but something that should be taken care off if you want your car to continue running well in the long run.

    And to answer original poster, my take on manual says a couple drive cycles, which agrees with what vstar has said.

    So, my question, the check engine lamp just came on in my car. I havent got it checked yet, and i am guessing gas cap at this point. a car intelligent friend of mine says that honda's are notorious for this. only odd thing was that the car is at a quarter tank when the light came on. i would think if the cap wasnt tight, it would have came on shortly after filling the tank. I have no idea how the mechanism to detect a loose gas cap works, but if Original poster big jules could tell me how long after filling up that his light came on, or if anyone else has any input, i would appreciate it. thank you :)


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Watch this free video on how to diagnose and reset your engine light if video dosent work go to www.vehix411.com

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I have some info to answer some of the questions, and a question i have for the original poster. I will also post in the answers under the answer question thingy.

First, to help yumagrev, i have 05 US civic si, and in my car to reset the "main req'd" (maitenance required light), follow these steps:
1. turn off engine
2. press and hold the "Select/Reset" button on intrument panel (odometer button), while holding turn the key to the "On" position
3. continue holding the odometer button for about 10 seconds until the maintenance lamp turns off.

the maint reqd lamp flashes a few time to remind me to change oil at 8,000 miles, and stays on at 10,000 miles (factory specified oil change interval). i usually change oil every 3000ish miles tho.

To answer the guest question, my interpretation of the owners manual on my car, anything that makes the other lamp, the check engine lamp, the one that is a little box representing the drivetrain, go on is generally emissions related, eg gas cap or faulty O2 sensor. usually not gonna bust the car immediately, but something that should be taken care off if you want your car to continue running well in the long run.

And to answer original poster, my take on manual says a couple drive cycles, which agrees with what vstar has said.

So, my question, the check engine lamp just came on in my car. I havent got it checked yet, and i am guessing gas cap at this point. a car intelligent friend of mine says that honda's are notorious for this. only odd thing was that the car is at a quarter tank when the light came on. i would think if the cap wasnt tight, it would have came on shortly after filling the tank. I have no idea how the mechanism to detect a loose gas cap works, but if Original poster big jules could tell me how long after filling up that his light came on, or if anyone else has any input, i would appreciate it. thank you :)

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  • Sky Tastic May 11, 2009

    i just kinda want to put out a disclaimer too, tho it seems unlikely that the check engine light is serious in most cases, that may not always be the case. i wouldnt want to be responsible if you read that and then ur car grenaded the next day because u werent concerned.

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It should go out if that was the problem in a few drive cycles, be patient

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