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Check Enging light is on

The Check Engine light came on a few days ago. The car appears to operate the same as it did before the light came on. I am curious if maybe the oil is too low? There is about 3100+ miles since my last oil change. Also, could be my tires since I haven't aired them up in a while? I am going on a four-hour trip tomorrow and I am curious if my car is going to make it? Also this car has a little over 160,000 miles on it.

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Verify oxygen sensors and map sensor usually these will actvate ck eng before any other sensor. Catalytic convertor might need replacing.

Posted on Jan 02, 2013

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  • Megan Stark Jan 02, 2013

    What will happen if I try to drive four hours with this problem? And what is a map sensor and what does it mean for my car if it goes bad?

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    Daniel Morales Jan 13, 2013

    MAP sensor might make your car be sluggish or stall since it measures how much air is entering. Will give erroneous reading and air gas mixture will be incorrect. Driving it would not get good gas milage. If only O2 sensors bad bad gas mileage. Should cause no mechanical damage.

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It seems like bad,dirty or loose wire harness connection somewhere in electrical circuit. This is very difficult to find if engine has problem intermittently. One method may resolve is to unplug wire contacts one by one inspect clean and re-plug. Inspect also all fuses if any loose seated, nad fuse case connections and support.

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SOURCE: LOW OIL LIGHT

well when oil is cold its thicker
as the vehicle heats up the oil becomes thinner in the oil pan
in which when the vehicle reaches core temp the oil pump doesnt need to work as hard

heres some other areas to look at
bad oil sending unit
in the pan the oil pick up pump filter needs replacement
oil filter clogged
bad oil sensor
vacume leak
these things need to look for and adjust or replace
the oil pick up pump in pan needs to be serviced by service tech at the dealers this is something a do it yourselfer could not do on own with out proper tools

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SOURCE: Dodge Intrepid 2002 check engine light and car will not start

scan it .sound like egr valve and oxygen sensors.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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If it has never had plugs changed, i would suggest it. It can make a big difference.

Labor time is .8 hrs + 6 plugs = $80 - $150.

Take your car to a parts place and they will usually check and clear your light for free.

Firestone likes to up-sell everything, $650 is way too much for a basic tune up.

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Try this:
* Turn key ON (engine OFF, don't start run)
* Press brake pedal slowly 2 times
* Press gas pedal 2 times within 10 seconds
* Turn key off

Hope helps (remember rated this) Good luck.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010

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