How to Reset the Check Engine in the 2000 VW Bug

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How to Reset the Check Engine in the 2000 VW Bug
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The 2000 Volkswagen Beetle, or Bug, has a built-in computer that tracks various sensors throughout the vehicle to detect potential problems. When the computer detects an issue that needs attention, the "Check engine" light is activated on the instrument panel. If the source of the problem is resolved, the light will typically turn off automatically as the computer determines the situation is no longer present. In some cases, the light will need to be manually reset with an OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) scan tool in order to turn it off.

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Things you need

  • OBD scanner tool

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  1. 1

    Plug the scan tool connector into the access port located below and to the right of the steering wheel.

  2. 2

    Turn the ignition switch to "On" without starting the engine.

  3. 3

    Press the power button on the scanner to turn it on if it does not come on automatically.

  4. 4

    Press the "Scan" button on the scanner. The scan tool will read the engine codes that caused the light to come on.

  5. 5

    Press the button on the scanner that relates to clearing the code. It is typically labelled "reset," "clear," or "delete." The scanner clears the code, resetting the check engine light.

  6. 6

    Turn the scanner off. Disconnect the scanner from the VW Beetle data port.

Tips and warnings

  • If the situation that caused the check engine light come on has not been resolved, the light will likely come on again.

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