Check engine light not going off on my 97 Honda Civic even after fixing problem?

Cranking and starting my Civic made the check engine light come on and sputter and idle real bad.

Figured it might be a bad fuel filter so I changed the thing and now it runs smoothly again but that check engine light is still on.

Can there still a problem? Do i need to reset something to make the light go off?

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Did you rest the computer, all you do is disconnect the positive side for twenty seconds then hook it back up, if it comes back on have it checked there could be another lesser problem.

  • 3 weeks ago

    It doesn’t matter

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    It wasn't the fuel filter. It is either electrical or oil pressure in nature.  The bike does not care if you get no fuel...or the carbs are not balanced.

    That is why you pay the bike mechanics to fix it.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Take the battery cables off the battery and hold them together for a minute to clear all the codes in the computer. If the light comes back on you need to read the codes and fix the problem.

    Only use NGK or Denso spark plugs in your motor.

    Have you had the valves adjusted every 60,000 miles? All Honda's develop tight valves and need the valves adjusted every 60,000 miles. It's a common issue with all Honda motors.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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  • 4 weeks ago

    You need a diagnostic device to instruct the CPU to put the light out.

    • FOXY Di
      Lv 4
      3 weeks agoReport

      Sometimes the light needs to be ordered to go out and if the fuel filter was the cause it won't come back on. If there's another problem it will.

  • don r
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You need to pull the OBD2 trouble code to see where the problem/problems are. The light won't go off because there is still a problem.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It is ENTIRELY likely that there was more than one problem. In fact it is COMMON for some problems to mask others.

    In your case, you have NO IDEA if the reason the light came on in the first place has anything to do with the fuel filter.

    Before you do ANYTHING ELSE, you should have the code(s) read. If they indicate changing the fuel filter could be the cause, have it reset and see if the code returns.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Dear incompetent. Learn to keyword search with Google or another internet search engine. It ain't exactly rocket science and this took less than 10 seconds to find:

    https://honda-tech.com/how-tos/a/honda-how-to-rese...

    • Erik
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      It's funny how being a dick and being anonymous go hand in hand in this place.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Maybe something else is wrong. 

  • .
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You need to get a free code reading at a local auto parts store rather than wildly guessing at what might be wrong.

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