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Old 03-28-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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how do i reset my CEL... i recently seafoamed my car and it threw a CEL because of the "vacuum leak"... i tried to disconnect the battery but i guess its not like my old car... so any suggestions on what i should do?
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If you have an Autozone near you they can read the code and then erase the code which will cancel the light.
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autozone isnt allowed to clear coeds anymore. im not sure if thats just az or nationwide but im pretty sure they wont do it, unless your close with the,. if you have a friend that works at a shop or autozone that would be the easiest way. otherwise your going to have to fork over a few dollars.
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Leave the battery disconnected for longer.

Where in PA are you, I am in Hanover and have a scan tool.(and can clear it for you)
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Leave the battery disconnected for longer.

Where in PA are you, I am in Hanover and have a scan tool.(and can clear it for you)
Codes are stored in the ECU indefinitely until they are cleared with a scantool. Even if the CEL goes out on it's own which is common if the problem is fixed, such as an o2 sensor being replaced, a misfire, a vacuum leak or an evap leak(gas cap left off or bad seal), the codes will still remain stored in the ECU even if the light goes out on it's own. Simply disconnecting the battery isn't going to clear anything except maybe your security code if you have a stock radio.

To clear the codes, first you need to ensure the problem is fixed(read the codes first and make sure it's what you think it is), hook a scantool up and clear the codes. Most reputable shops will check/clear the codes for free, as mentioned by b.u.ti-ful, some autozones will loan you a scantool or check/clear the codes for you or you can pick up a cheap scantool at harbor freight, your local auto parts store or on ebay. If your car is a '95, you'll need an OBDI scantool and if it's '96 or newer, you'll need an OBDII scantool.
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oreilly auto parts will loan u the scan tool so you can reset it, its what i do for my 1423 cuz it annoys.
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