My 1999 Accord is fond of throwing a "maintenance required" warning light at me every so often. After being worried the first time, comments from various mechanics have convinced me this is something time/mileage related rather than car health related. It is, nevertheless, rather annoying to drive around with an "idiot light" glaring at me.
Luckily, a friendly Brake Check employee, who claimed the light came on every 15,000 miles so the dealership could charge $50 to turn it off, taught me the method of resetting the indicator light:
- Start with the car off.
- Place the key in the ignition in the off position.
- Press and hold the Select/Reset dial beneath the speedometer.
- While continuing to hold the dial, start the car.
- Continue to hold the dial for a few seconds until the light turns off.
I’m not sure how prevalent this information is, but there are at least some mechanics/technicians who are unable to figure it out. I once asked an NTB technician to reset this same light after fixing my flat. After waiting 15 minutes, I went out to the shop to investigate and the technician, car manual in hand, informed me he had "just figured it out." His method was to start the car, pump the gas a few times and then wait a few minutes. The only issue, of course, was the light always turns off a few minutes after turning the car on. Nice try, NTB guy.
I’m not sure of the process in other vehicles, so if you are aware of a maintenance light resetting procedure for another manufacturer/model, please list it in the comments. Other nifty car user tricks are welcome as well.
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