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Old 11-21-2001, 01:11 AM   #1
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Unhappy check engine light is on

fifteen hundred miles and my check engine light comes on
where do I start? no weird noises happened when i was driving down the road

anybody?
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Old 11-21-2001, 07:13 AM   #2
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You need to get someone to pull the code from your ECU with a OBD-II scanner. Your dealer can do this, hopefully under warranty. Some autoparts shops can do it too. You can also buy your own scanner, starting at around $100 for a laptop adapter and software. Not a bad investment if you plan on modding your car in the future.
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Old 11-21-2001, 07:53 AM   #3
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A scan tool is an invaluable accessory if you own an OBD-II car since it's the only way to read and clear codes.
The other day my CEL came on right after I started the car, also at about 1500 miles. I plugged in my scanner (AutoXray) and pulled the code which was a cylinder 4 misfire. I cleared the code and so far it hasn't come back so it was probably a random event and nothing to worry about.
There are just so many things that can trigger the light, from frequent misfire (bad) to a loose gas cap (insignificant but annoying).
Having the scanner made all the difference between being able to read/clear the code and go on my way, and having to find a shop or dealer to get it checked.
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Old 11-21-2001, 08:08 AM   #4
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Start with the obvious; check your gas cap.
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Old 11-21-2001, 08:16 AM   #5
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Yeah if the light comes on shortly after filling up then a loose gas cap is most likely the cause. There is even a warning about this printed on the cap itself. It's best to pump your own gas so this never happens but if you use full-service (or live in NJ where you don't have a choice) always check the cap after the clueless attendant puts it back on.
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