Why Did My Check Engine Light Turn Off After I Refilled My Kia’s Fuel Tank?

By Product Expert | Posted in Maintenance on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 7:54 pm

Did the Check Engine light come on in your Kia? Have you been continuing to drive it and don’t notice any clunking from the engine or any performance issues? And just now, did you go to fill up the gas tank (either partially or all the way) and the light turned off? What is going on?

Here at Lehighton Kia, we can totally relate to the anxiety felt when that Check Engine light comes on. Sometimes, there is something truly wrong (such as a faulty thermostat that can put your engine at risk of overheating), and other times, it can be just a little quirk and part of your Kia model’s personality. So let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this.

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Why a Kia Vehicle’s Check Engine Light Will Turn Off After Refueling

Let’s back up a little bit. Can you remember the previous time you refueled your Kia? Was it during a moment of bad weather such as a snowstorm or torrential rain? Were the fuel pumps at the station covered in snow or raindrops? Then there is a good chance that the culprit that turned your Check Engine light on was some water that made its way into your fuel tank. It is not enough to cause any issues for your Kia and once it makes its way through the system and you refuel the vehicle with during good weather conditions, you should be good to go and the light will turn off. There is also a good chance that you were eager to get out of the yucky weather and didn’t get your gas tank’s cap tight enough, which can cause the Check Engine light to turn on.

Additionally, your Kia vehicle’s oxygen sensor might be getting some age on it and need to be replaced. The typical lifespan of an oxygen sensor is 100,000 miles.

Have Your Kia Serviced at the Lehighton Kia Service Center!

Even though the Check Engine light turned off, we recommend keeping an eye on it and be on the lookout for any performance issues. If you have any questions, please contact the service center here at Lehighton Kia and schedule an appointment.

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