Question about 2006 Hyundai Sonata
The engine light has come on briefly three times this past week. No engine problems apparent. I disconnected the battery last night to clear the codes and the light has remained off today. But, I am planning a 1000 km trip over the Christmas holiday. Should I take it in to the dealer to determine the problem before I take off? What are the most likely problems and can I drive with them? Thanks
Hi, since the check engine light (CEL) is on you need to get thetrouble codes read. Most auto parts stores will do this for free. Ifthere isn't one nearby, any shop should be able to read it (for acharge) or you could buy your own code reader.
The code(s)you'll get will be in the format PXXXX like P0171 or similar. Once youhave the codes you can look them up here to get a description - http://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/
Orpost the codes back here and we'll help you out. The next step is toget those codes though so you know exactly which areas of the engine toconcentrate your diagnosis efforts on.
In your case the problem is intermittent but it keeps coming back so something does need attention. The reality is it could be something as simple as a loose gas cap (since you have no real symptoms), however it could be more serious. Better safe than sorty, I'd recommend you at the very least get the code(s) read so you can judge for yourself how serious the issue(s) is.
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
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