To reset the warning lights on the dashboard of most vehicles, simply disconnect the cable on the negative terminal of the car battery. This is easily done with only a set of pliers or a wrench. Although the warning light comes on due to routine issues with the vehicle, some of the problems may be due to major issues in the engine that should be inspected by an experienced mechanic.
Pop the hood on the vehicle, and examine the engine. Find the car battery, and ensure the cables connecting to the battery are not frayed and are in good condition.
Using a set of pliers, loosen the nut holding the cable to the negative terminal of the battery. In most scenarios, the negative cable is black. Completely remove the negative cable from the battery. This completely resets the vehicle's computer system.
Leave the cable off the battery for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the computer has completely reset. Reconnect the cable, then tighten the nut around it. Close the hood, and start the vehicle to ensure the computer has been reset and the warning lights have disappeared.
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The most common reason for a simultaneous appearance of both the ABS and brake light on the dashboard of a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado is a faulty Electronic Brake Control Module, or EBCM. Scanning the vehicle's computer system will reveal a definitive error code, which should read C0265 for EBCM issues.Full Answer >
To remove a dashboard, loosen the retaining screws from the bottom panel, and remove the panel. Repeat this process with the top panel, and release the spring clip fasteners on the instrument cluster to remove it. You need panel removal tools, a non-marring tool and nylon pry tools.Full Answer >
Apart from warning lights on the dashboard, the easiest way to diagnose an alternator problem is dim lights. If the lights get dim while the car is running, there is probably an issue with the alternator.Full Answer >