First, if it is something like a loose gas cap, just tighten it and it will reset itself in the next 100 miles or so. If it is something else, like a leaky gas cap it will never reset. But to reset the OnBoardDiagnostic (OBD)Computer... Go to eBay and search "obdII" and buy one, they run about $50.00 including shipping. There are two types, ISO for Chrysler and some Japanese, and the other one for all the others like Ford and GM. There are several that are both, that is the kind you want. Be sure to email the eBay seller and ask if it is used with your year and model. (1996 was a changeover year for OBDII technology, so this advice may not apply to everybody--but the dealer service guy can tell you over the phone--ask him if it is OBDII compliant.) When you get it, you just plug it in and let it cycle 4 or 5 times and it resets everything. You then have to drive your car for 50 to 100 miles for the onboard computer to test everything, and in the meantime your car will fail smog checks because it has no history in the computer and the smog test procedure demands a history even if there is no pollution. Cut and Paste http://search.ebay.com/OBDII for a list of them for sale on eBay. Most units come with a list of generic fault codes so you can tell what the problem is, this could be very helpful.
On the west coast the Auto Zone parts stores lend OBD II diagnostic tools. You pay for the tool when you take it, your money is fully refunded when you return it, net cost zero.
The OBD II connector on a 96 Honda is hidden behind the ash tray under the radio. This is a very easy check for anyone to do. Don't be afraid to plug it in, turn on the car, and read the codes.
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the dealership has the codes also depending on which state your in theres Advace auto parts the have a book that has the codes the port to check the codes is under the dash
Hook up a scan tool or take it to your dealer.
have vehicle scanned to determine the problem and have codes cleared
it's under the glove box [behind] to the far right [blue].
If the check engine light comes on in a car, it is important to find out why. There is a scanner that can be bought that will tell the person what is wrong, or they can take their car to an auto shop.
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With an OBD2 scanner. Most big autoparts stores will do this for free.
go to your local auto parts store and tell them you need codes cleared. Or buy a code grabber and do it yourself.
The 1998 Honda Accord came equipped in a 4 and 6 cylinder engine. Transmission codes include P2A8 manual and BAXA automatic.
in pass.side under dash.blue conecter with 2 wires.use another wire to conect the two.watch light on dash it will flash the codes
check with the dealer for the reset codes.
Honda-tech has a post on checking the tranny and engine codes. Hope this helps. http://www.honda-tech.com/zerothread?id=962851&uid=999378256&dir=1&postid=11122854 This site looks like it's just about right, with pictures and everything :) http://www.dhost.info/accordinfo/howto/cel.html
When the light comes on, your car has stored a trouble code. I would have the codes extracted(PEP BOYS/AUTO ZONE) to determine the problem.Sometimes it can be minor, but there can be 30+ different codes.
Check engine codes on Honda vehicles such as a 1992 Honda Civic have to be manually reset. To do so, remove the ECU fuse located inside the engine bay.
I found this helpful: http://hondaswap.com/reference-materials/88-ecu-error-codes-29109/ Good luck.
Have the vehicle scanned for codes. The codes will help determine the why.
There are only 6 service codes for the Honda Accord. Never heard of service code 7.
There are pages and pages of things that can cause a check engine light. You need to have it checked with a scantool. Then the code can be diagnosed and repaired.
If the check engine light is on take it to auto zone and have the codes read. If not, take it to the dealer.
Go to Auto Zone's web site and type in Engine Trouble Code. They have a list for your vehicle and explains how to.
You can go to autozone and have the OBDII scanned for free. They can give you the code(s) that are bad and attempt to tell you which sensor is bad but they may not know. Just check the codes online or go to your local library and pick up a mitchell book and research it
You probably have a check engine light on so, start with having the ECM scanned for codes. The codes will help you determine the cause of the idling problem. It could be as simple as a vacuum leak. Your local auto parts store can help you with reading the codes at no cost.
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