In fact, the check engine light will turn back on in a matter of seconds if the problem still persists. Clearing the CEL is easy… fixing the cause of the problem is the tricky part!
Is it bad to clear engine codes?
If your main reason for buying an inexpensive scanner is to reset the check-engine light, know this: clearing the code and turning the light off doesn’t mean your issue has gone away. Some check-engine light warnings are temporary—like the aforementioned loose fuel-filler cap or a rare engine misfire.
What happens when you clear an engine code?
On clearing the codes with the “Erase Codes” function, the system status changes to “Not Ready”. Drive for 50 to 100 miles (80 to 160 km). Take several individual trips until the system reads the status of all the components once more. “Several trips” means you shut off the engine and start another trip each time.
How can I tell if my engine code has been cleared?
If the MIL (yellow engine icon) turns off abruptly after 20 seconds, then you know the DTCs have been reset by the engine monitoring system and not by a scan tool or by disconnecting the battery.
Will AutoZone reset check engine light?
Does AutoZone Scan Check Engine Lights? AutoZone does. If your light is on, and you are wondering why, head down to your local AutoZone where one of our store associates can help diagnose the issue through our free Fix Finder service.
Can clearing codes make a car run better?
Registered. From what I remember, clearing the error codes especially with a MAF fault does indeed have a positive impact on how the engine management system works due toi the fact that a maf error code makes the engine run on built-in tables, ignoring input from the MAF sensor as a failsafe.
Is clearing codes the same as resetting ECU?
On numerous occasions. And no, it is not the same as resetting the ECU. The deal is this: If you have a trouble code that triggers the CEL, erasing that trouble code won’t do much unless you’ve fixed what’s wrong.
How long does it take for a car computer to reset?
It could take as little as 30 minutes if you drive exactly in a specified way. Other times it may take a week or so. In the end, it does matter though because the engine control module is constantly learning and making sure your car is running optimally.
Can dealers see cleared codes?
Originally Answered: Can a car diagnostic scanner see codes previously cleared by another scanner ? It depends on the scanner, and if the problem is reoccurring or not. But, usually, no. When codes are cleared on OBD 2 vehicles (after 1996) another code is set, however.
How long does it take for engine codes to clear?
If you are sure that you have fixed the problem causing the check engine light, the engine light will reset itself after 10-20 successful cycles, and as you can imagine – 10-20 successful cycles can take a lot of time. Therefore it’s much easier to reset the check engine light with an OBD2 scanner.