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Re: ENGINE LIGHT WENT ON AT 73K MILES
When the light goes on, you should take it to a local auto parts store such as NAPA, Checker, AutoZone, etc. and they can hook it up to a device for free (make sure it is free, it should be) and it will display codes which will tell what component is bad. Your dealer may also do this for free. If they don't know what the codes are, then post the codes here and I can let you know. Your owners manual won't have the codes in it as you would need a service manual. If you have any other questions please let me know.
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It means we have had check engine lights for over 33 years now,
& you have been somewhere off the earth & not in this world,
no way you never heard or know anything about vehicles you own
& drive or never had check light on & went to a repair shop
Google the question & read your owners manual,anyone's owner
Well, the actual procedure is to drive the van far enough to let the engine computer sample a wide range of conditions. The standard method is 100 miles at various speeds including highway and city driving. You could do it in 30 or 50 mile runs but it needs to be over 50 miles total.
Hi, as long as the light is not blinking, you can drive the car safely. As soon as you can get the car scanned, send us the trouble code. We cannot guess the reason the light is on, but we can tell you a lot more if you can get the trouble code using a scanner. Perhaps during your drive to Portugal there will be an opportunity.
The car wash may have caused the check engine light to come on but after driving for a while it should dry out and go off or it may have come on due to the fact that it's time to change the oil. Car manufacturers put ridiculous mileage estimates between oil changes these days. It is a good idea to have your oil and filter changed every 3000 miles regardless of what the owner's manual says. Please rate this answer, thanks.
if the light went off on its own. then the necessary criteria for the light being on has come back in to the allowable tolerances. if you can pull the history code, i can help you out. possible you got gas recently? check engine light will illuminate for a loose gas cap causing evap system malfunctions
Did u add oil and attempt to start car? What's it doing? How often did u have to add a quart of oil (in miles)? It does sound like it was consuming too much oil, but once u run it dry, there is no warantee that will cover it, so manufacturer can't (won't) help u on this. I agree, an engine rebuild would be VERY expensive due to no oil damage, the best thing to do (if the car is in good shape otherwise, trans. good, body good) would be to find a used motor from a scrap yard (must be careful to check mileage and that the 'donor' car wasn't in a bad front end collision which may cause engine problems) or a re-manufactured engine. Any further questions, let me know, sorry for the bad news.
If its an orange light its a service engine soon light, the car can be driven, if its a red check engine light DO NOT DRIVE because of risk to damage the engine. However if there is an auto zone close by they will check the light for free. Then I can work with you from there. Good Luck
I had the same problem. I went to the kia dealer and they checked the code that caused the light to be on and found I had a leak in the gas cap. They replaced the gas cap and the problem went away. You night need to find out what made the check engine light go on in the first place.