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Warning light on dash what on..what does it mean

Hi... i can not find my manual and the light that looks like the enjine with the fan went on.... what do this mean???

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Hi Sneekygirl9!

The light you described is the "check engine" light, and it means that the on-board diagnostic (OBD) computer has detected a problem and set a "trouble code" in the computer memory. Some of these are minor, some are SERIOUS, and a few are just computer glitches.

The OBD either has detected a bad sensor or control circuit, or a sensor reading that is inconsistent (doesn't add up!) to the situation.

AutoZone, among other places, now offers free diagnostic scans, which is what you need to do! They will plug into your car's OBD-II diagnostic port, and the scanner will read the OBD's memory, and give a read out of what trouble code or codes have been set (example: P1536). They will then interpret the code by going to a chart specific to your vehicle and tell you what these trouble codes mean and hopefully point you in the right direction for fixing the problem. And they will also clear the OBD's memory, clearing the check engine light.

Sneekygirl9, I think this answers your question... and don't hesitate to post comments or ask for more help if you need, and let us know how it goes!

Thanks!
WildBill

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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