Honda Check Engine Light in Southgate, MI

The lights on your Honda dashboard are designed to alert you to all sorts of problems. The check engine light means that the Engine Control Unit (also known as the ECU) has discovered a potential problem. Once this happens, it triggers the check engine light and stores a code that an OBD2 code reader can read. Whenever the check engine light of your Honda comes on, our certified Honda specialists will be happy to help diagnose and solve the problem in no time.

Why Your Check Engine Light Is On

There are several reasons why your check engine light comes on. However, there’s a distinct difference between a solid check engine light and a blinking check engine light. If your Honda check engine light is solid, the issue is likely minor, but you should still have it checked on your next visit to the mechanic. But a blinking check engine light indicates a more serious problem, and you should stop by our certified Honda auto center as quickly as possible. Here are a few reasons why your check engine light is on:

  • Your mass airflow sensor needs to be replaced 
  • Your oxygen sensor may need to be replaced
  • Your spark plugs need replacing
  • Your gas cap may be off 
  • Your catalytic converter is beginning to fail

Is It Safe to Drive Your Honda With the Check Engine Light On?

The rule of thumb is that if the check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t keep driving. It often indicates an engine misfire, and that’s an emergency. Use your best judgment to decide whether to call a tow truck or drive to a nearby mechanic, but you should have your car looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible. If your check engine light comes on when driving near Taylor, MI or Dearborn, MI, come by our auto center in Southgate, MI, and we can hook it up to the machine and diagnose the problem.

Will the Check Engine Light Reset Itself?

The check engine light on your Honda will usually shut itself off once the issue or code that caused it to turn on is fixed—but only after 10 to 20 “cycles.” In this context, a cycle refers to the process of turning on the vehicle, running it for a period of time, and then turning it off again. So if your check engine light was turned on because your oxygen sensor needed to be replaced, it should go off once we install a new oxygen sensor.

How to Reset Honda Check Engine Light

Once you bring your car to the Genthe Honda service center and have the problem identified and resolved, the light will go off. However, it should go off after you drive for the next 20 to 40 miles. We can have it reset for you if it persists over 50 miles. You can also manually reset it by disconnecting the negative battery cable. Here’s an easy guide to resetting your Honda check engine light:

  • Turn off the ignition, then put on your safety glasses and gloves.
  • Locate the negative terminal. Usually, it has a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. Note: the positive cap is red and will have a positive (+) symbol.
  • Locate the negative terminal. It typically has a black cap and a negative (–) symbol. Take note that the positive cap is red and will have a plus (+) symbol.
  • Using a wrench, loosen the nut on the negative terminal. Pull the negative connector from the battery. Keep it to the side for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Reattach the negative cable and tighten it with your wrench.

This should reset the check engine light for your Honda. And if this doesn’t work, just come by Genthe, and we can check it out.

Genthe Honda Can Help You With that Check Engine Light

Our Honda service shop is located in Southgate, MI and serves all nearby counties. While you wait for your vehicle to be serviced, you are free to relax in our very comfy waiting area with free wifi, a quiet room, a children's play area, newspapers/magazines, flat-screen TVs, and other various amenities. Protect your vehicle and your on-road safety today by heading over to Genthe Honda to diagnose and fix your Honda check engine light today!

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