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Check engine light volvo 960

Yesterday my check engine light came on. What things should I look for to correct the malfunction? I understand from owners manual that the problem may be emissions related.

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  • Randall LaClaire May 11, 2010

    Just a little addition to what TaterTodd has said: He is absolutely correct! Just remember though, not to have a code cleared if the diagnostic problem is something you'll need a mechanic to fix! If it is something as simple as a loose gas cap, or if it's something you know you can replace yourself, that's fine, have it cleared. However, if this is sure to need a mechanic, you'll want to leave that code. As a code repeats, or is added to by other codes, a series of data called "freeze frame" data is compiled and saved along with the error. This freeze frame contains important data, such as what the fuel mixture was during the error condition, the engine RPMs, speed the vehicle was travelling, the engine and/or water temperature, how much air the vehicle was getting for combustion, and sometimes even more info. This data could be very helpful to a mechanic or dealership (as a last resort!) in the event they need to do some trouble shooting!


  • Patrick Dennehy May 11, 2010

    To begin to help you at all. You need to have the "code" read, or extracted from the ECM. A check engine light is your signal that the cars engine management system has recorded a trouble code. These are numbered and reference a multitude of things the computer is monitoring. It can alert you to a potentially serious problem, or to something as simple as a loose or worn out gas cap. No joke, the loose gas cap causes lots of cars to trigger their check engine lights! Usually your friendly oil change shop has tools to at least read and possibly clear these stored codes. First, though, did this happen just after put gas in the tank? Just a thought. Hope this helps. TT

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Just take it to an auto zone or car parts store they will put it on a computer for free and tell you what is wrong. I hope this helps. Don't forget to rate my answer. thanks.

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I just had an oil change to a perfectly running car. the shop is notorius (i have foiund for me) in finding major problems on well running cars. .... i.e.... new probelms crop up when i visit th8is place, city garage in coppell/lewisville tx....... the ck engine light came on. i shut off car to pick up my boys, then the car was getting hot and the ar was going into the hot zone. i have left it sitting to cool off while i decide where to take it......any suggestions?

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