Question about 2006 Hyundai Sonata
I accumulated 43,000 miles over a 6 month period which I now have 73,000 miles on a 2006 hyundai sanata. My car had regular oil change , radiator fluid change, transmission fluid change at suggested time frames. Just today my engine light is on what should I do?
Solution #1 has a good general approach. He didn't quite explain that when you go to an Autozone or affiliated type car parts supplier they will read the fault code from the car's computer using a "scan tool." They do this so that they can sell you the part. But, some parts are not easy to replace, and you should be very comfortable working on machinery before attempting a repair. I've done every type of car repair for myself for 50 years, and I don't always choose to do a repair myself just because I can. Consider going to the dealer right away as the check engine light comes on the majority of the time for one of two reasons: 1) it is getting an emission system fault often due to something as simple as a loose gas cap in which case you should check your manual to see how long/ or many on/off cycles it will take to clear the code after you retighten it :-), 2) an Oxygen sensor fault that may be covered by the warranty. When an Oxygen sensor fails the computer will go into a default mode that usually causes the car to consume more gas, but will not hurt the engine. Usually these sensors will last at least 100,000 miles or more with the generally clean fuels available today, but my wife's '06 Sonata lost one at 27 k Mi. Fixed under warranty, but took 4 days to get one into stock! Hyundai dealers tend to carry very meager parts inventory even for commonly needed items like fuel filters.
Posted on Nov 18, 2008
The engine lite comes on due to an input sensor to your cars computer going out of its parameters. it will come on for a hundred or so different reasons. if it is on solid, it is considered safe to drive. it needs to be diagnosed by retrieving a code from the computer. if youre mechanical inclined, go to autozone and get the code read and i/we'll try to help out further. otherwise you will want to see your service shop for repar.
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
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