Having problems with your 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII ?

How do I reset the check engine light on 1996 lincoln mark viii after I replaced the mass air sensor. it is now running smooth and the dealer told me it was the MAF sensor. Now that I have replaced it , how do I reset the check engine light. It is still on.

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 19-07-2021

Answers :

Hi :) There are three ways to reset a check engine light.

1. Disconnect the battery, wait approximately 30 minutes, reconnect the battery. This resets the cars computer which also reset the check engine light. On newer OBD (on-board diagnostic) compliant vehicles this usually does not work. See step 2.

2. Reset using an OBD II reader. When you hook an OBD II code reader up to your vehicle, you can reset the computer using the code reader.

3. Fixing the problem. Generally the check engine light comes on for a reason. Usually it is emission related (sensors, gas cap) or electrical (faulty wiring). In this case the way to reset the check engine light is to fix the problem


(4). At least in my car a 2003 impala to clear the check engine light I pulled a fuse called the PCM fuse from my underhood fuse box overnight and put it back in when I left for work and it cleared. I only do this after getting the code pulled at autozone for free and attempting to fix the problem, in this case it was a EVAP code that I fixed by locating a loose vacuum line. Anyway after a driving cycle which seems to be 90 mi in my car the light will return if the problem is not resolved.
Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery for a few minutes then replace it to clear the code. If that doen't work take it to an auto parts chain store where they will run a diagnostic scan for free and they can also clear the code in the process.
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