Resetting Check Engine Light

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    After I got gas the other day my Check Engine light came on. It didn't take me long to figure out that the gas station guy had forgot to put the gas cap back on. I ended up buying a new one and put it on. The Check Engine light is still on. Will this reset itself after x amount of engine start cycles, do I need to take it to the dealer to have them reset it with a scan tool, or is there another way to do this.

    The truck is a 2001 Tundra V8 2WD. If that makes a difference.

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    Gary
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    It should reset itself after a couple of starts. Mine reset itself after 45 minutes of driving. The faster method is to disconnect the negative cable from your battery - I don't know if there's a time element involved but I wouldn't think you would have to wait more than 5 minutes before you reconnected the cable.
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    Thanks. It hasn't reset yet, but I'll wait a few days. I don't think it's anything but the lack of a gas cap. At least I hope not.

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    yep.. just disconnect one of your battery terminals for 15-min... unfortunately you will lose your radio presets as well though.

    Alternative is to borrow/buy an ODB reader (they loan them out at our local Autozone). Most of these readers have a reset button that allows you to reset the computer electronically.
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    The light reset this afternoon. I think part of my problem was that I use the remote start most of the time. That might not count as a key turn. So, I just started to use the key and after a few starts the light went out.

    All is well.

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    Duuuuuh, I just had the same problem.
    Forgot to put on gas cap and the CEL came on. Bought new cap; called service advisor who told me it was proably the missing cap causing the CEL and would cost $75 to scan and reset. After two days it reset itself. Thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody1
    ..called service advisor who told me it was proably the missing cap causing the CEL and would cost $75 to scan and reset...


    Which dealer was that? (you might just want to hint rather than name 'em). I just might want to avoid that one...

    Thanks!

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    75 bucks, wow! I borrowed my buddies $40 dollar tester for free.

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