How To Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader

By | May 11, 2019

How To Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader
Having an OBD2 scan tool is useful in many situations when an engine light comes on.
 
But what if you dont have a scan tool and need to know the code?
 
Many vehicles has a built-in diagnostic that will give the code as I recently found out with Dodge cars and trucks.
 
I haven’t tried this on all Dodge cars and trucks but it certainly worked for me on a 2001 Dakota, and many others have stated this method has worked for them.
 




 
The steps are easy with the key simply needing to be cycled on and off three times.
 

How To Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader

  1. Cycle the Key from OFF to ON three times.
  2. Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader
     

  3. The last cycle the key should be in the ON position.
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  5. It will give the code in the odometer LCD window on the dashboard.
  6. How To Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader OBD2 Tool
     

  7. The code will show for only a moment and flash P-done before going back to normal.
  8. DIY How To Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader Self
     
    Simply Google the code number along with the Dodge make/model and the problem with your car or truck can be found.
     
    If you miss the code since it does flash quickly simply repeat the steps.
     
    Hopefully this helps if you have a Dodge and don’t have a OBD2 scan tool to see what the code is.
     
    If this works with your Dodge let us know in the comments below.



 




 

24 thoughts on “How To Read Dodge Check Engine Light Without a Code Reader

  1. Kristen Thomas

    Worked on my 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. Thank you, sincerely!

    Reply
    1. Angela Smith

      I have a 08 dodge ram that wont start shows dash lights but wont turn over . I hope this works on mine.

      Reply
    1. Al

      Just being sarcastic. Nothing works on 99s I owned one of those ××&%@/>%×$>÷+>[%! Things lol

      Reply
    2. Michael

      If the code doesnt show digitally check engine light flashes pauses flashes 4 times cthe number of flashes lije 2 1 4 3 thats the odb code you need to look up

      Reply
  2. R. Alward

    Does not work on 2014 Ram 1500. It turns on the engine symbol but does not give the codes.

    Reply
  3. Re-Peters

    Doesn’t do anything. Tried over a dozen times. I can pull C codes by holding the trip button in and turning on the key & releasing the button, but the 3 times off – on does nothing.

    Reply
  4. Jessica

    It worked once and I wasn’t prepared for several codes and now I can’t get it to work again?!?! It just does ———— and –done–

    Reply
  5. Jim Bleakley

    Yes, this did work for me on my 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan.

    Reply
    1. Jordan Rosado

      Doesn’t work on all dodges. Doesn’t work on my 06 2500 5.9.

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      1. John

        Works on my 2006 Ram 2500 5.9 Cummins just fine. QUICKLY off to run 3 times and you’re good to go. I’ve never had a Dodge this didn’t work on when done correctly.

        Reply

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