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Car start and runs then the check engine light come on and car stop

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  • tres_coronas Apr 22, 2009

    the was a logical imformation but not helpfull

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Hi there,

All modern vehicles have a computer or the ECM (Electronic Control Module) that controls the operation of the vehicle powertrain (the engine and transmission).

The vehicle computer system has self-testing capability. When the computer senses that there is a problem with some of the components it stores the correspondent trouble code(s) in its memory and lights up the "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light to tell you that there is a problem and your car needs to be looked at.

To properly diagnose what is wrong, you need to take your car to a mechanic or a dealer.

  • The technician at the dealership or a garage will then hook up the scanner to the car computer and retrieve the stored trouble code(s).
  • Then he (she) will look it up in the service manual provided by a car manufacturer.
  • The service manual contains the list of possible codes (about few hundreds) and describes what each code means and what needs to be tested.
  • The code itself doesn't tell exactly what component is defective - it only indicates where to look, what engine parameter is out of normal range.
  • The technician will have to perform further testing to pinpoint a defective part.
  • --The stored trouble code can be retrieved with the special scan tool by the technician. The code itself does not tell exactly which part to replace, it only gives a direction where to look for - the technician has to perform certain tests specific for each code to find the exact cause of the problem.
To sum up, when the "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light comes on and stays on, there is a problem with your vehicle. This could be a problem with the engine, transmission, or some emission-related component or system.

hope this initial info/idea helps.

just let me know for further assistance.

thank you

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