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How to Erase the PT Cruiser Engine Light

Updated July 20, 2017

The engine light warns the driver of potential errors with the vehicle. The following steps can be employed reset the light on a PT Cruiser. Also identified are some common problems that cause the engine light to come on.

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  1. Check the gas cap on your PT Cruiser to ensure it is tightened properly. Shack the cap lid and listen for a rattle, if one is present, replace it. Remove the cap and screw back on, allowing the cap to click only once.

  2. Reset the engine light manually by first opening the bonnet. Pull the release latch found underneath the steering wheel column. Open the bonnet and locate the battery found in the front right, directly behind the passenger headlight assembly.

  3. Remove the negative battery terminal cable by using an adjustable wrench to loosen the cable latch. Put on the leather gloves and grab the cable, twisting it back and forth until it's loose enough to remove. Pull the cable off and wrap the terminal in cloth.

  4. Wait 30 seconds and reattach to cable to the negative battery terminal. Tighten the latch using the adjustable wrench. Make sure the cable is unable to be twisted. Close the bonnet and put the key in the ignition. Start the vehicle to ensure the engine light has been reset.

  5. Tip

    The engine light flashing on a PT Cruiser is meant to indicate a potential problem with the vehicle. If following these steps does not cause the light to stop flashing, take the vehicle to a mechanic to diagnose any mechanical faults. PT Cruisers employ a special theft deterrent system that causes the radio not to function after the power has been removed. To return the radio to normal functionality, insert the special code found inside the owner's manual on the last page.


    Battery acid may be present on the terminals of the battery. Wear gloves and eye wear to ensure safety while dealing with the battery.

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Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Leather gloves
  • Cloth

About the Author

Kristopher Riggs

Kristopher Riggs has been writing since 2000. Primarily writing on technology and consumer electronics, he authored weekly information articles circulated through a major gaming-specialty retailer. Riggs has a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from Arkansas State University.

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