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Re: dealer states emmision problem $322.00 to repair;
Your leaking gas fumes into the atmosphere. Its a health risk. All cars leak a little. Even new ones. Your leak is larger than your computer will allow. If the mechanic did not recommend a new fuel cap that would be my first choice since you can do that yourself for about 10 bucks.
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If the timing belt keeps breaking and bending valves, the timing belt and cylinder head repair is not being done correctly. It's as simple as that. Are you changing the tensioner and idler pullies when replacing the belt? Is it timed correctly? Was the timing belt tension adjusted properly? Were the cam journals checked for damage? If not, you are asking for another belt failure.
If you want to know why the check engine light is coming on, you will have to ask your engine computer. Every time the light comes on it is storing a fault code to tell you why. You must scan your engine control module to retrieve the fault code(s) so you can get it properly diagnosed and repaired.
There is a continuing problem occuring. You need to hook up an OB11 meter to the port under the dash to access the info needed to make the necessary repair. Often it is a simple thing like a leaking gas cap i.e. an emmisions code. OB11's are relatively cheap from $50-$300. Bottom end ones will work fine. Good luck!
Their is a fault with the electronics on the engine. This will bring up the engine light, you will need to see a dealer with an electronics reader to find out what this fault code. Most dealers will read it for free, and then charge for the repair from that point. If it is an orange light, just get it to a dealer when you are able to. If it is a red light, avoid driving it and get to a dealer ASAP. this will prevent any possible engine damage.
The dealer will have to do this for you. If you had a problem and it is fixed, the light will go out after several days of use, if the light doesn't go out after a while, then you still have a problem and the dealer will have to help you read the codes and come up with a solution. Most of the time a check engine light will be set off by faulty emmission sensors, or some type of failure in the emmision controls.
This depends on what the problem is, if the car runs good and there are no preformance problems or overheating then i would say yes you can drive, if its just an emmisions upgrade or check engine light then go ahead and drive, also if its a dealer recall yes drive it.
The warning light has two states. A blinking light indicates a critical
problem with gaseous emissions from the engine that is likely to cause
permenant damage to the engine, exhaust sytem or catalytic converter. A
blinking light must be remedied immediately, and the car should not be
driven in this state, at the risk of causing serious and permenant
damage to the engine, exhaust and/or catalytic converter. Repairing or
replacing these parts can be extremely expensive. A reputable garage or
a Vauxall/Opel garage should be able to diagnose and repair the
A solid (unblinking) light indicates a non-critical
fault in the emmisions exhaust system. Many faults are covered by this
light including failures in emssions sensors, temperature sensors and a
variety of other parts. This usually results in a higher than average
amount of environmentally harmful pollutants being expelled from the
car, loss of power and/or gradual damage to the engine, exhaust and
catalytic converter. While the car can still be driven with a
non-critical emmisions problem, it is highly recommended that the fault
is diagnosed and repaired at a reputable garage or Vauxhall/Opel
well this old trick might work.disconnect your battery for about 5 minutes and hook it back up,that work for me.or you can take it to an autozone and they have a code reader to read and turn off the engine light.let me know.no if the check engine light is on it wont pass emissions.