Check Engine Light on

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  1. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    $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.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. GeronimusClone

    GeronimusClone Well-Known Member

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    Electrical tape over the light never fails me.
     
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  3. huskerman

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    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.
     
  4. bos

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

    CycloneErik Well-Known Member

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    Can you remove the bulb?
     
  6. nj829

    nj829 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  7. CyCy

    CyCy Well-Known Member

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    At one time Autozone would check for free - don't know if they still do.
     
  8. garn91

    garn91 Well-Known Member

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    You must not listen to Miller & Deace....AAMCO does it for free :biglaugh:
     
  9. DaddyMac

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    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. :arghh:

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

    BCforISU Well-Known Member

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    Trade the van in for an SUV or something cool:jimlad:

    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.
     
  11. BCforISU

    BCforISU Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  12. Ames

    Ames Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  13. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  14. Cyclonestate78

    Cyclonestate78 Well-Known Member

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    The identity of DaddyMac has been revealed after his pimping of Aamco....

    [​IMG] :jimlad:
     
  15. GeronimusClone

    GeronimusClone Well-Known Member

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    Fighting words.
    Funny, you can't see the halo in this photo.
     
  16. 4VR4CY

    4VR4CY Well-Known Member

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    We bought a "reader" device on Amazon for not too much money at all. NEVER pay for it to be read. It is a scam.
     
  17. Wesley

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    The loose gas cap is very common trouble light problem. Always try to put the gas cap back on for a trouble light. This happened to me three times on a GM pickup so I knew what to do.
     
  18. CycloBelle

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    Our mechanic always tells us to take the gas cap off, put it back on, then restart the car. Apparently if the gas cap isn't on well it messes up the oxygen senors and triggers the check engine light. It has worked for us a couple of times.
     
  19. aweb84

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    O'Reillys will let you use their scanner for free.
    Then you can just look up the codes online and diagnose yourself.
     
  20. HawkFanISUalum

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    Generally it means that you need to invite 3 of your friends over and stand around the engine with the hood open drinking a few beers. When the women-folk come out to ask what you're doing, start talking about oxygen sensors, exhaust manifolds, and compression chambers. They'll quietly leave and you can continue talking about sports with your buddies.
     

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