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Have a 2000 siverado v-6. Engine light has been on since I got it 5 yrs ago but it runs great. cant get OBDII scan tool to communicate with truck. Its as if the wires have been cut but I cant find any proof of that. What can I do to diagnose the cause of the engine light?

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It is very difficult in this case, Its actually quite common that you get engine lights with no real fault. I would try the obvious things like the air flow sensor, take it out and give it a clean up. also the EGR valve just clean them and replace to see if that's the issue. when they get dirty they will over compensate although sometimes it's not enough to feel any fault.

There may be a second diagnostic plug near the smaller fuse box inside the car. Also worth a mention check the air pipes for leaks and the vacuum pipe to the throttle body, may be clogged or slightly bent not allowing full vacuum, these V6's run so smoothly any fault is normally easy to trace.

It could even be a fuse out for something you never use on the car. Have you ever had the battery off the car? It would be worth asking a garage to disconnect the ECU for a short while and then plug it back in, might reset the fault code.

Hope this helps.


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