Tag: check engine light

23 Posts

Mar 07, 2013

The Check Engine Light: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Jim Motavalli

The most common response to a glowing dashboard warning is...using any means necessary to turn the light off. That's human nature. But the check engine and airbag warnings actually come on for a reason.

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Dec 01, 2001

Check-engine light flickering but mechanic said it was the gas cap. Problem?

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I have a Oldsmobile with miles on it At about miles the check engine light came on and stayed on until I took it to the dealer later they told me the problem was a loose gas cap They turned...

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Jan 01, 2001

What do those pricey oxygen sensors do anyway?

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We own a VW Golf with only miles on it The engine warning light came on and stayed on We took it to our dealer who said it was the front oxygen sensor It cost to fix A week later...

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Jul 01, 1999

What could be causing my speedometer to fail and the "check engine light" to come on?

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I have a Jeep Cherokee with four-wheel drive and the liter straight six I love it However occasionally the speedometer fails to register and the check engine light comes on This usually occurs on the first trip of the day...

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May 01, 1998

The "check engine light" comes on every once in a while but my mechanic says everything checks out. Should I worry?

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I drive an ' Dodge Colt I have a question about my little treasure After I drive my car for about a mile the Check Engine light comes on It goes out again within five minutes This happens just about...

check engine light mechanics

Feb 01, 1998

It's usually a good idea to make the repairs that cause your "Check Engine Light" to come on.

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I was traveling along the highway in my Pontiac Transport Suddenly the Service Engine Soon light came on I drove about minutes to the next exit turned off the engine and waited After a while I turned the engine back...

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Jul 01, 1996

If the check engine light goes on after the car warms up, is it still a problem?

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If anyone ever told this female that I'd be looking forward to an automotive column every week I'd never have believed it But it's true I'm writing because our Mercury Marquis has an ailment that our mechanic cannot solve My...

check engine light

Dec 01, 1995

99% chance that your Suburu's "Check Engine Light" is on because of a bad solenoid.

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I have a Subaru GL station wagon with miles There is not a dealer around and local mechanics can't answer this question After about minutes of operation the ECS light comes on I assume this indicates a scheduled adjustment or...

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Mar 01, 1995

Is a "service engine" light the same as a "check engine" light?

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I own a Saturn SL with miles on it It's a wonderful car that has very few problems but I do have one concern Periodically my Service Engine Soon light comes on stays a while and blinks off My oil...

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Mar 01, 1993

Check Engine Lights are better than fans for avoiding an overheated engine.

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I own a Ford Escort Recently the car overheated due to a faulty fan relay The car had only miles on it and now I need a new engine In the future I was wondering if it would be a...

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