A dead battery 1998 Dodge Dakota check engine light will not cause to reset itself. The check engine light is controlled by the vehicle’s engine control module (ECM), which monitors various sensors and systems in the vehicle to ensure they are working properly. The ECM stores diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) in its memory when it detects a problem. These codes are used by a mechanic to diagnose and fix the problem.
When the battery dies, the power to the ECM is interrupted and the memory is lost, but the check engine light will not be reset by itself. The check engine light will stay on if the issue that caused it to turn on in the first place, is still present. In most cases the check engine light will stay on until the malfunction is resolved and the system was cleared, so it is important to address the issue that caused the light to turn on and fix it, before clearing the codes.
What Are Some Common Causes Of A 1998 Dodge Dakota Check Engine Light Turning On?
A 1998 Dodge Dakota check engine light flashing can be caused by a number of different issues. At times, it may just be a minor fix like a faulty gas cap or replacing the air filter. If the 1998 Dodge Dakota check engine light is staying on and/or you notice that your Dodge Dakota car is having trouble starting or running, it will likely require some more extensive work to get fixed. Contact your local mechanic if you need help determining the cause and getting your vehicle fixed quickly. common causes of a 1998 Dodge Dakota check engine light flashing:
- Bad gas cap or loose fuel filler neck
- Low engine oil level
- Faulty oxygen sensor (O2)
- Exhaust leak near turbocharger or catalytic converter
What Should I Do If My 1998 Dodge Dakota Check Engine Light Is Flashing?
If your 1998 Dodge Dakota’s check engine light is flashing, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible to avoid potentially causing further damage to the vehicle or creating a safety hazard. Here are some steps you should take:
- Pull over and park the vehicle in a safe place as soon as possible, and do not drive the vehicle any further than necessary.
- Check the vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if it gives any information about what the flashing light means.
- Have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic trouble codes to determine the specific problem. Many auto parts stores will perform this service for free.
- Based on the codes, have the vehicle inspected and repaired by a qualified mechanic, who will diagnose the cause of the problem and make any necessary repairs.
- If the vehicle is still drive-able and not dangerous to drive, it’s best to do so while having the vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible.
In some cases, a flashing check engine light could indicate a problem that could cause serious engine damage if not addressed right away, so it’s important not to delay getting the issue resolved.