Engine light on -battery removed- engine light off

Asked by Jess4321 Jan 21, 2020 at 09:06 AM about the 2003 Honda Civic Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Honda Civic coupe and back in
August the engine light came on, it wasn’t
flashing it was just on and I don’t know if it’s
from sitting at the house and not being
frequently used but just recently this week I
tried to start it and it wouldn’t start because
the battery was dead (given probably from the
super cold weather and not being started for
over a month.) after not starting my dad and I
removed the battery and charged that
manually and on a warmer day we put the
battery back in the car and it started perfectly
fine, but the engine light went off and hasn’t
come on since. So my question(s) are, should
I still get it checked out even though the light
is no longer on and what could be a possible
issue of why the light came on in the first
place?
Keep in mind I don’t drive this car very often
(license in 9 days) and it doesn’t even have
135,000 km on it so it is still kept well
maintained in service. Just not sure why the
light came on in the first place.

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Cars have systems that run when the engine isn't running. A car with a good battery might see that battery die within two weeks of not being run/recharged. This is even more true in cold weather. If it's running now and the warning lights are off, you've fixed it, but it will take continual recharging to keep the battery from depleting again. Get a simple battery tender for it. They're cheap and will keep the battery up to operating quality while the engine is off.

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