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BeaconLite

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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:54:30 AM

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
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endymion
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:43:36 PM

Stating the obvious.
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Holly123
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:58:43 PM

Pay attention to those idiot lights!
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heydano67
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:34:31 PM

keep an eye out
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ifallsguy
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:58:21 PM

time to shoot the horse power.
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:57:38 PM

I raised the hood and checked my engine one time it was still there !
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esq262
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:36:55 PM

I question
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dudleydog
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:11:25 PM

most auto part stores will read the code for you
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BBopp
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 5:44:20 PM

None of the are inexpensive with the exception of the gas cap inspection.
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SRcyclist
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:28:14 PM

OK
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MemoryFoam
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:07:14 PM

Code readers are fairly cheap. If your light goes on, use one.
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lyanMI
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:58:51 PM

good info
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jpurdy1942
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:56:45 PM

you are correct it is there for a reason and the reason mine is on is that the local gm DEALER DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO FIX IT AND TURN IT OFF...
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LostInNY
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:47:17 PM

blah....don't drive....can't kill it that way...lol
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DeeLA
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:40:26 PM

The light is there for a reason. Heed it
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No1ConMan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:33:56 PM

Maybe if they changed to a recording of Clint Eastwood saying, "Do you feel lucky punk, well, do you?"
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AGSurfer
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:18:21 PM

a good lesson people usually learn the hard way
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Cothrom
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:14:59 PM

All good things end
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Yooperheart
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:59:56 AM

Got it
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:59:51 AM

When the light comes on, pay attention!
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olebufnav
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:45:05 AM

IT can have so many different meanings from trivial to very serious.
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skempton
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:40:59 AM

A check engine light has different meanings from car to car. Need some standardization.
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baddog58
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:39:07 AM

I have had the 'check engine' light come on 3 times...twice, no reason other than computer malfunction, the third time was because my daughter didn't replace the gas tank cap with enough turns. With this history, makes you want to ignore the light until it is convenient to get it checked rather than immediately pulling off the road in the next town.
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getgasmoney
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:25:28 AM

but i need to have money to take better care of my car
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FlatulenceOdor
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:21:23 AM

Repost
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Bttlecat
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:19:47 AM

that is ok, I hurl obscentities at the car.
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CapegasMO
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:14:19 AM

ok
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Mr Sixpence
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:06:53 AM

I'm guilty of ignoring most warnings
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CBacheier
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:51:31 AM

usually good to not ignore your car
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humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:44:55 AM

ignore your gauges and warning lights at your own peril
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vamike
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:43:01 AM

Usually the check engine light is something minor, but you can't be sure.
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:41:28 AM

You need to be aware of and do maintenance on your vehicles.
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:31:19 AM

Too bad they didn't include the most common item after loose gas caps, a short in the wiring to one of the other systems. Many times when a system sends a code to the computer it is due to a bad connection, usually due to leads making intermittent contact at some plug in where water can get in the works. Most shops just replace the item and then when it comes back, with the new item installed, have to track down the connection issue. I'm betting that many perfectly good parts end up going to rebuilders.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:26:39 AM

When mine came on due a small vacuum leak, it also disabled the cruise-control, electronic stability control and a couple of other things and lit up the dashboard like a Christmas tree. Pretty hard to ignore, but repair under warranty took less than an hour.
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buickentury
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:20:12 AM

I think more people would not ignore it if it didn't come on for dumb items such as a gas cap (yes I realize that is part of the emission system) or it gave you some additional information about what was wrong instead having to go get the codes read.
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:17:35 AM

Tightening my gas cap usually works for me. My mechanic keeps me posted on all other things every time I change oil (3000 miles).
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tigreme
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:12:17 AM

You're "klling" your car by not tightening your gas cap or replacing your battery? That's a bit extreme.
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BeaconLite
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:54:55 AM

Do not ignore that light.
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