Tip & How-To about Acura CL
Note - this is only for OBD2 and up cars (1996 or newer) - it is fine for ALL cars even though it only is listed for Acura (the site doesn't let us select a "general knowledge" heading for cars.
Here's how to do it - when your check-engine light comes on, you have one or more faults that have set code(s) in your engine control computer. These codes will point to the sensor or area that is at fault, and are helpful (often necessary) in fixing your car.
If you take the car to a dealer or a shop to have them scan for codes, you'll be charged anywhere up to an hour's labor, even though it takes all of five minutes. Instead, go to AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts and have them scan it for you - just tell them your check-engine light is on and you'd like them to scan the computer for codes. They do it for free, and will give you a printout of the codes your car has set.
Now, go to the following URL:
Click on the logo for your vehicle, and find the code in the list that you have been given on the scan results sheet. If you are familiar with OBD codes and modern engine systems, this may be all you need. If not, come to this site and post the code(s) along with the year, make, model, and engine/transmission/drivetrain of your car, and one of the Experts here can further help you.
This way you don't get soaked by a shop or dealer for an unnecessary charge. Hope it helps!
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