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    Check Engine Light on

    $75 just to diagnose. SOme places do this for free correct? Anyone know how that works? Can they diagnose and then I take my van somewhere else to get fixed? Assume that is frowned upon but Oh well.
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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Electrical tape over the light never fails me.


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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    yeah i just tell them that i should be back to buy the part or whatever and then leave and call around to find the best price for the part. advance auto parts does it for free.




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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Use google. How old is the car? Make/model. At times it can just be a scheduled maint. reminder. Every manufact. does this differently.



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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Can you remove the bulb?


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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Unplug the battery might reset it. Auto Zone and O'Rielly does it for free as well I believe. It's quite a dealership racket they have going to charge $75 for checking it, but I think that is common at all of them.



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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    At one time Autozone would check for free - don't know if they still do.



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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    $75 just to diagnose. SOme places do this for free correct? Anyone know how that works? Can they diagnose and then I take my van somewhere else to get fixed? Assume that is frowned upon but Oh well.
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    You must not listen to Miller & Deace....AAMCO does it for free



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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Aamco in Des Moines does (if you are around here).. I've had good luck with them in the past, saved me a bunch of money over dealer quotes (obviously) and didn't try to jack me for repairs I didn't need.

    Last time I had a check engine on my truck, I took it to Simon Auto in Des Moines, they hit me for the $50 fee, then told me that my gas cap was loose.

    Didn't know a loose gas cap could have such an affect



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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    $75 just to diagnose. SOme places do this for free correct? Anyone know how that works? Can they diagnose and then I take my van somewhere else to get fixed? Assume that is frowned upon but Oh well.
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    Trade the van in for an SUV or something cool

    Kidding aside, it is most likely some sort of sensor, damn things always cost a ton for what they are. I always went to entire car care in Ames, but that is a ways for you and I had a buddy there that helped me out. I am not sure where in Ankeny/Des Moines is good.


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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Quote Originally Posted by nj829 View Post
    Unplug the battery might reset it. Auto Zone and O'Rielly does it for free as well I believe. It's quite a dealership racket they have going to charge $75 for checking it, but I think that is common at all of them.
    I was going to say this, but knowing Wartknight has kids and such, better check it out, if it was me I would undo the battery and hope that fixed it, usually just a temporary fix though. Those lights usually mean something on the newer vehicles, back in the 70's and 80's no one cared.


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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    $75 just to diagnose. SOme places do this for free correct? Anyone know how that works? Can they diagnose and then I take my van somewhere else to get fixed? Assume that is frowned upon but Oh well.
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    Most of the parts places do it for free. You can also buy a scanner at Walmart and read/clear your own codes. They aren't very expensive.



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    Re: Check Engine Light on

    I'm sitting at the mechanic's as I type this...

    Google search to find out how to get your car to display the code. Usually if you turn your key on and off several times, the car will display on the odometer, or via a series of flashes of the engine light what code has been triggered. Once you have the code, you'll have a pretty good idea of what the problem is. Then take it in from that point.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Aamco in Des Moines does (if you are around here).. I've had good luck with them in the past, saved me a bunch of money over dealer quotes (obviously) and didn't try to jack me for repairs I didn't need.

    Last time I had a check engine on my truck, I took it to Simon Auto in Des Moines, they hit me for the $50 fee, then told me that my gas cap was loose.

    Didn't know a loose gas cap could have such an affect
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