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tankumo
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 6:15:37 PM

(At the end of this article there is also an interesting video regarding don't getting rip off by mechanic)
If your "check engine" light could talk, it might want to hurl obscenities at you for ignoring it when it's only trying to help you out.

Your "check engine" light is your car's means of sitting you down for an intervention. It's trying to tell you that something's wrong and that you need to take action before it gets worse.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:13:05 PM

Hmmm, gas at $3.49 here......
remay
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:49:45 PM

There's a LOT of ways to get your money, and it won't matter that we know this info. They will get it one way or another...
jeffbone
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 3:27:02 PM

Gas $3.59/gallon here today.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:28:13 PM

Also invest in a good code reader so you know what's really happening - or at least have a "heads up" about what sort of bill is coming.

Many of these items (plug wires, MAF sensor) also give you serious performance hits - but you might not notice that if your traffic is always crawling.
bklynse
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:10:45 AM

Right now, money is tight... So, it literally becomes a matter of eating or putting off the repairs until a (hopefully not too much) later date.
badbonita
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:19:58 AM

Gotta agree with other posters - alot of the delays in dealing with the 'check engine' light is all boiled down to finances.

It would be nice if it gave a little more detail. I mean, I can get the 'check engine' light if my gas cap isn't tightened down after refilling.
ybegood
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:05:04 AM

It is a matter of priorities.
NilesBishop
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:25:51 AM

There is a reason that light is there. With computer modules a goof mechanic can tell why the light is on and fix an inexpensive problem before your car is stuck sitting on the road.
PCWHIZ
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:20:36 AM

Routine maintenance now helps prevent costly repairs later.
ooltewah63
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:02:28 AM

Like, every can afford those repairs on the car.
PhilMils
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:26:39 AM

So very true!

Agreed, ExplodingGlass. Sadly, many are taught to drive that way.
335d1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:20:32 AM

OK
1GhettoWhipper
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:46:50 AM

a trip to the mechanic
can save some very expensive
repairs....
MImusicman
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:41:45 AM

Ok
daequitz
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:40:39 AM

And it should be more than just a freakin light - tell us exactly why.
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:38:05 AM

okay
ExplodingGlass
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:31:05 AM

my favorite is people who drive automatics double footed
dr047
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:29:22 AM


(a) Ethanol

(b) Sit and idle in traffic
TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:06:36 AM

Except most of the time all it does is come on to tell you it's time for the manufacturer suggested service.
Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:02:24 AM

By NOT driving it... The 'X has been sitting in a temperature controlled garage for 5/6 years w/o being driven??? Hoping to change that in the coming months.
SoulMate2012
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:54:58 AM

Wow, that list reminds me how grateful I am for my Kia's long manufacturer bumper-to-bumper warranty!
JerryJoeUC
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:09:07 AM

Driving it.
danindenver
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:03:27 AM

How about 10 ways that government regulations are killing our cars - and us:

#1. Ethanol mandated fuel to destroy your car's engine.

#2. Airbags that kill children.

#3. CAFE standards that force automakers to reduce life-saving features, such as reinforced side door panels.

#4. Red light cameras that increase the rate of rear-end collisions.

. . .
Cebo
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:45:47 AM

Okay
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:43:19 AM

only ten ?
mrkiddd125
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:38:01 AM

keeping it
RTBama1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:26:58 AM

"If you're like many of us, you're just going to hope that little LED bulb burns itself out so you can go about your business." lol
gasmask78
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:21:38 AM

your car isn't actually alive.
mrbee
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:13:42 AM

Ok
mpg611
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:12:28 AM

How about 10 ways high gas prices are killing our cars?
tnfran
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:58:15 PM

I don't like idiot lights but when that's all there is best 'pay attention to them'.
1007
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:25:26 PM

Do not put tape over light, as some have been told.
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:20:58 PM

Had a few in the way far gone past.
dfd1983
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:14:08 PM

hmm
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:13:54 PM

Tired of those rip-off, I bought an inexpensive unit that can decode virtually any car's engine light
lippoe_sokan
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:10:53 PM

They call 'em idiot lights for a reason.
Poutine
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:45:17 PM

I always watch the lights on my dash. They are there for a reason! Check and see what they mean.
cutlass72
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:41:25 PM

The sooner you get it fixed the less it usually costs.
txkrb
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:37:28 PM

The light and indicators on your dash are there for a purpose and when one comes on you should determine the cause could be as simple as loose gas cap or dirty air filter
bevmill
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:36:42 PM

You have to do preventive maintenance.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:36:09 PM

Keep your car properly maintained
GuitarmanMS
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 9:30:44 PM

Have to be proactive with maint
MyRedSky
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 8:57:33 PM

ignore the check engine light? what else, change the oil every three years or so? please....get a bicycle if you can't manage some basic auto maintenance.
Zuegma
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 8:12:53 PM

I'm not sure how many drivers actually ignore the "check engine" light. But I also do wonder about the accuracy to the indicated repair codes and how their designed for replacement of entire groupings than an actual repair.
Too much wholesale replacement is built into the design of many of the components groupings such that even if you get the repair made on indication, it's likely to have a sizeable tab.
loboso
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 8:11:34 PM

really
Buickdriver7
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 8:08:13 PM

My mechanic is the best...honest and reasonably-priced!!!
Janr85
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 7:39:08 PM

The main thing is not to ignore the light and assume something is or is going wrong. Just like most things, if not properly maintained, it will cost more down the road. Unless you have a device that can read computer codes, you will have to bring it to a repair shop. Many shops charge a diagnostic fee just to hook up to the car's computer. The honest shops will deduct this fee from the cost of the repair.
scooby258_2000
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 7:22:16 PM

go to autozone, advance auto, or o'reilly auto and have them check to see what is wrong with your car for check engine light... buy a manual on how to fix yourself and do it yourself... problem solved, so is the mechanic prices... if your a girl, find a guy who will do it cheaply for you...
davenles
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 7:20:05 PM

In this day and time, the message could be a lot more informative. How about at least a digital display with error codes that you could look up in the owner's manual?
coughlin
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 7:10:08 PM

Good stuff.
rocky23hy
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 6:58:21 PM

Ctrl+Alt+Del = unplug your battery.
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