How to Reset the RAM 1500 Check Engine Light

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You’re driving around Vancouver when your check engine light clicks on. It may have been today, or maybe it was a few weeks ago. Before your next shopping trip, however, you should schedule service with Dick Hannah RAM to see why your light came on and what repairs it needs. Read below to see how to reset the RAM 1500 check engine light and to see why it may have turned on in the first place.

How to Reset Check Engine Light on RAM 1500: Step-by-Step

In the RAM 1500, there is an electronic system that powers the dashboard notifications. Occasionally, this system can become misaligned, making the light continue to flash even after the Dick Hannah RAM service department fixes its mechanical issues. To fix this, you’ll need to reset the RAM 1500 computer. Before we begin, remember that this process could reset other electronic systems, which may mean you need to re-enter certain settings. Follow these steps to reset your RAM 1500 check engine light:

  1. Identify your battery’s negative cable.
  2. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
  3. Wait 20 minutes so that all systems have shut down.
  4. Reconnect the negative cable.

If your RAM 1500 is an older model, it may take driving 50 miles around Portland for the computer to recalibrate and the check engine light to go off. 

Reasons Your Check Engine Light Is On:

There are numerous reasons why your RAM 1500 check engine light may have came on, and it’s important to follow up with a Beaverton or Hillsboro mechanic to make sure there are no underlying reasons for your check engine light to flash on and off. The warning could be signaling something as simple as a loose gas cap, or it could indicate that something is wrong within the transmission. Before you head to the mechanic, take these steps:

  • Check your vehicle’s user manual. Don’t mistake the check engine symbol with another alert, like the Service Required light.
  • Look up the error code. Whenever your check engine light comes on, it generates a code that identifies the issue causing it. You can buy a code reader from a service center to check the code yourself or go to an experienced mechanic to have them read it for you.
  • Check your gas cap. A loose gas cap is the most common reason a RAM 1500 check engine light will go on. Remove your gas cap and put it back on tightly before you make any trips to the mechanic!

Service Your RAM at Dick Hannah RAM!

If your check engine light is still giving you trouble after following this guide, or you need to learn how to reprogram a Dodge key fobcontact us to get in touch with our service department. Our service coupons and service tips and tricks will help you save money on your visit while also giving your RAM 1500 the maintenance it needs to keep you on the road and get you to the best take out places in Vancouver. Looking for a new RAM 1500? Compare the RAM 1500 Crew Cab with the Quad Cab to see which is better for you!


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