How to Reset a RAM 1500 Check Engine Light

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You’re driving through Grand Island in your pickup when suddenly, you notice that amber glow from your dashboard. What do you do about that dreaded RAM 1500 check engine light? First of all, it’s important to diagnose the problem accurately with a trip to the service department. But if you want to reset your check engine light in the meantime, we’ve got the steps that you need to follow below!


Why is my RAM 1500 Check Engine Light On?

There are so many reasons that your check engine light can pop on. And unfortunately, there’s no way to tell whether you have a loose gas cap or a major engine issue just by looking at the dashboard. So when you notice the light, start with a quick DIY diagnosis before you schedule your service:

  • Is it the engine light? Be sure that you aren’t mistaking the Service Required light or another built-in warning light with the check engine feature.
  • Is the gas cap loose? A loose gas cap is the most common reason for a check engine light – and luckily, it’s also the easiest to fix. Give your cap a few extra twists and reset the light.
  • What are your Error Codes? Your vehicle automatically generates an error code when the light flashes on. You can retrieve the codes by using an automotive diagnostic scanner or by visiting Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
2019 Ram 1500 in red


How Do I Reset the RAM 1500 Check Engine Light?

You’ve done your homework, now let’s get to the task at hand! You only need to follow three simple steps to reset your RAM 1500 check engine light:

  • Get under the hood and disconnect the negative cable from your battery.
  • Wait 20 full minutes to make sure the battery is fully disconnected.
  • Reconnect the negative cable to restore power back to the vehicle.

This process will restart your computer, which should reset your check engine light completely. However, it will also reset other electrical systems like your security system, so keep that in mind. Also, older models may need a little more time to re-calibrate the computer. You may need to travel up to 50 miles – which is a great opportunity for a scenic drive through Hastings or Lexington!

Schedule Your Next Auto Service with Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Take care of that RAM 1500 check engine light once and for all with a visit to Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Kearney. Drivers can save on the essential auto maintenance your vehicle needs to run at its best with our service coupons and even check out helpful service features such as how long does an oil change take, what does TPMS mean, and what color is brake fluid. Contact us to get started and to schedule an appointment at our service center near Lexington and Holdrege!

Service Specials at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Oil and Tire Package


5qt Oil Change


With Tire Rotation


Multi-Point Inspection

Balancing tires, tax and more than 5 quarts of oil, extra. Most V6 engines and other select vehicles require more than 5 quarts of oil. See dealer for eligible vehicles and details. Diesels and synthetic/synthetic blend oil may be higher. Taxes not included. Present offer at time of service.

Alignment Package Special


3 Year Package


5 Year Package

Regular Wheel Alignment Service: $129.99. Proper wheel alignments allow for safer driving. Wheel alignment will also extend the life of your tires. Incorrectly aligned wheels is a main cause for uneven wear on a tire.

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