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Bobmilan
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 9:28:05 PM

After six years of declining costs, the annual cost for car repairs has jumped 10 percent, according to CarMD's 2013 Vehicle Health Index. While cost increases might cause consumers to postpone car repairs, that's a bad idea. If you see the light come on, see your mechanic promptly. Here are the top 10 check-engine-light car repairs.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:08:07 PM

I'm with you vandamne!!
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:01:49 PM

good info
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:18:21 PM

Just replaced two O2 sensors on my HCH to a whopping tune of $390 (OEM part)!
BBopp
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:51:08 PM

Great post! Thank you.
bston
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 3:57:11 PM

You'd think with advancing technology that repairs wouldn't be as frequent.
vandamme
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:33:46 PM

Get yourself a shop manual, set of tools, and a scan tool, and save 90% of the cost.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:59:54 AM

I didn't know that.
fourdezzzz
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:51:21 PM

Ok
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:39:43 PM

Thanks for this list.
Rayfuel
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:05:50 PM

good to know!
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:13:19 PM

Yep mine says I have some kind of a pollution switch on top of the gas tank. Cost to fix $500. The light doesn't bother me that much.
DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 2:55:29 PM

No need to panic if it comes on & goes off once you turn the ignition off.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:58:32 PM

they make sense.
livedream
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:49:22 PM

I had to replace my Mass Air Flow sensor last fall. The estimates I got varied widely by a few hundred dollars.

One garage gave me an estimate close to $400 dollars, but I went with a more reputable local mechanic and only paid just over $200 dollars, instead.

It pays to shop around for estimates before having any work done.
dangasman
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:30:16 PM

to get oil lite off my car i turn key on, depress gas pedal 3 times in 5 seconds. try again, and again, and again, finally works.
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:54:32 AM

Step two is loose gas cap, cost reported to repair = 10 cents.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:56:35 AM

Interesting. Step one would be to check the gas cap.
rosa403
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:57:02 AM

very good article.. now to get the change oil light to come off.. any idea?? everytime i change the oil it still comes on...
Skunk63
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:25:54 AM

Perform regular maintenance and you'll likely never see the check engine light.
skempton
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:24:05 AM

Also gas with a low octane rating can cause it to light up.
car253
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:34:11 AM

Very good article, a code reader will also help make sure your mechanic is not trying to hose you.
Radar1992
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:29:03 AM

A Code reader also helps....
gs7101
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:23:35 AM

Keep away the dreaded check-engine light from my instrument control panel!
sciotosix
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:22:46 AM

Yep. The loose gas cap got me a few times.
Clayton2000
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:09:23 AM

Cost, going up on everything
xgojim
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:35:40 AM

Outstanding post, Bobmilan. Thank you!
FPLREP
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:23:44 AM

I have a trusted mechanic and the last check engine light was a "pre-sensor heater" cost to replace 425. The part was 350.
nicven
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:12:01 AM

And be ready to be ripped off.
Ltdc
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 6:55:06 AM

How many people drive while ignoring that light?
MImusicman
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 6:27:00 AM

G to the local auto parts store and have them read the code
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 6:09:51 AM

Okay.
mandoid
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:12:55 AM

good comment maranatha!
Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:10:58 AM

10 cents for a loose gas cap?
sagnat
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:51:51 AM

Aren't #5 and #6 the same thing? Plugs and wires.
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:31:27 AM

Most of the codes I've ever seen have come from shorts at ground connections and not from anything actually being wrong with the code item itself. Check you grounds.
2b0b
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 2:09:25 AM

I have a good shop that reads the codes for free. Have replaced several oxygen sensors, one mass flow valve and several yards of vacuum hose over the past few years (on 4 cars).
The oddest code was cam sensor failure which meant the computer didn't know when to fire the cylinders.
citrat
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:41:10 AM

As CarTalk say just put a black tape on it.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:37:25 AM

It's also good to invest in a code reader so you can hook it up, find out what code the car is throwing, and talk intelligently to your mechanic about what's going on. Yes, they're expensive (and if you need OBD I or earlier they're impossible to find in stores) but they don't cost much more than hooking up for one "official" diagnosis.

Carol7777: "I wanted to know the "top 10" reasons & was disappointed they were not included in this article."

This was a bit tricky for me at first, too. It's a slide show, but the "next" button that takes you into it is at the upper-right corner of the graphic itself, not above or below as most of us would expect.
huey715
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:17:52 AM

Good information
blupupher
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:09:35 AM

could be anything.
Winatgas
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:09:18 AM

This is a great article and if you don't have a meter to help you diagnose check engine light problems, at least you can ask your shop if it is one of these problems.
gcalleja
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:05:14 AM

Good to know.
MN1
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:03:14 AM

Interesting
MisiuAkaMisiu
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:56:19 AM

Great info!
cheapchickKY
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:33:06 AM

Very informative.
LostInNY
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:32:58 AM

mmm...check-engine-light = $stealers attempt to clean out unsuspecting drivers' wallets
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:32:38 AM

Useful info in article. A lot cheaper for DIY tasks in that list.
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:19:20 AM

Clip one wire and that light will not come back on - -
GSKHY
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:15:45 AM

any thing is going to cost more and more
Cashless
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:15:27 AM

Thanks for the information.
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:15:09 AM

Well that was an eye opener.
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