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Old 04-10-2003, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Check engine?!?? Help!!! :(

OK. My car is a 2000 RS with 48K in the odo and I havn't had it that long. So today I was on the highway on my way home from school, cruising at about 75, and my Check Engine light came on! It scared me at first because the car is fairly new and shouldn't have problems. Well I dont know what it is and I'm going to go have it checked out tomorrow. Does anyone know what may be wrong with it? I drove the rest of the way home and took it to and from work tonight (I had to, it's about 2 miles away). The MAP (02?) sensor was replaced about 2 weeks ago via a Subaru recall at the dealership. The engine sounds great like it always has and there doesn't seem to be any difference in performance either. I can still redline as well. So what do you think could be the problem? Is this something to worry about? Just trying to prepare myself for what I find out tomorrow... thanks!

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Old 04-10-2003, 02:47 AM   #2
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Check your gas cap. Then go get the code pulled. Standard procedure.
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Old 04-10-2003, 10:27 AM   #3
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So do I go to the dealership? Or can I go to my mechanic (he hasn't seen my new wheels yet, but it shouldn't matter right?) and have him pull the code? After I get the code, will he tell me what it is or is that an extra fee? Or should I just get the code and bring it to the board?Im trying to avoid paying a $50 diagnostics fee.... Thanks again.
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Old 04-10-2003, 10:32 AM   #4
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you can take it to any competent mechanic, or swing by an autozone... most of them will pull your code iirc...

or buy your own OBDII scan tool... it will run you over $100 but you can pull a code whenever you want...

or, find someone on here in your neck of the woods w/ a scan tool... post in your regional forum and ask...

hope that helps...
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Old 04-10-2003, 10:57 AM   #5
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Yeah, that helps... I'm going to call my mechanic and see how much it actually is to pull the code. If it's not too much I'll have him do it, if its $50, I'll post a request in my regional forum. Thanks for the idea!... I just want to get this checked out ASAP because something tells me I shouldn't drive the car too much with the check engine light on right? I mean, it's on for a reason no? Or can it be something as stupid as the gas cap not on all the way?... btw, I'll go check that now...
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Old 04-10-2003, 12:00 PM   #6
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Yeah, that helps... I'm going to call my mechanic and see how much it actually is to pull the code. If it's not too much I'll have him do it, if its $50, I'll post a request in my regional forum. Thanks for the idea!... I just want to get this checked out ASAP because something tells me I shouldn't drive the car too much with the check engine light on right? I mean, it's on for a reason no? Or can it be something as stupid as the gas cap not on all the way?... btw, I'll go check that now...
it can be something as stupid as the gas tank... as long as the light isn't flashing it should be okay... flashing CEL means it is occuring constantly...

tons of us have recurring or steady CELs, some even on stock cars...
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Old 04-10-2003, 12:02 PM   #7
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If the light is on steady and not flashing you can drive the car safely, but get the code scanned as soon as possible. A flashing CEL indicates a misfire which must be addressed right away but a steady CEL only indicates that a problem has been detected at some point and a code stored. Definitely post in the Tri-State forum, there are a number of us there with scanners who can help you out. I'm a bit far from you but I'm sure there are some members in CT who can do it for you.
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Old 04-10-2003, 12:09 PM   #8
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Mine came on because I used 87 octane after I reset the ECU with 93 in the tank. It also recently came on after I redid the SPG mod. I got rid of it be resetting the ECU again. Simply detached the groung for about an hour, reattached let car warm to running temp at idle, stop engine, start engine, go bounce tach off redline and drive aggresivly for a bit. Still no CEL. Hope this helps, I claim no responsibility.
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Old 04-10-2003, 12:14 PM   #9
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Resetting by disconnecting power will erase the stored code which makes troubleshooting more difficult. It's always best to get the code read so you know what caused the light to come on, rather than blindly resetting the ECU. Besides if the problem still exists the light is going to come back on soon anyway.
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Old 04-10-2003, 07:02 PM   #10
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Default ah ha!

So I took the advise of a fellow member and took my car to AutoZone. They were able to pull the code for free and the guy showed me what it was. It was a P440: Evaporative Emmision Control System Malfunction. He said it could have something to do with the gap cap not being put on all the way or something. He cleared it out for me but told me I should have it checked out if the light comes back on... Can anyone tell me anything more about this malfunction and what may have caused it, or did he just about sum everything up?
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