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2002 Accord EX Check Engine Light Stays On

Hi, I have a 2002 Honda Accord with just over 90,000 miles on it. Just had the timing belt replaced with genuine Honda parts about two weeks ago. Just started the car yesterday and suddenly the Check Engine Light is on, and now it won't shut off. It has never come on before. What can/should I do? (I.E. is there anything I can do that does not involve paying money to a mechanic, but if not, what else can be done?)
Please help, anyone who can.
Thank you and may God bless you.

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Get down on the floor of the driver side on your back and look under the steering wheel towards the door (basically the inner side of the fuse box) and find the smaller yellow connector and unplug it (it isn't really plugged into anything, just kind of snapped into the console so it doesn't move around). Use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull it out.There is a nice pic in the link above. Don't pull the big yellow one, make sure it is the SMALL yellow connector.

For the connection, I went to Lowes and bought a set of green grounding wires for like $3. You could use 2 paperclips, but they don't fit well into the yellow connector. The grounding wires have a U on the end of them, kind of like a tuning fork. Plug one of the tines of one of the grounding wires into one of the ports on the small yellow connector, and plug one of the tines of the other grounding wire into the other port on the small yellow connector. Then you just need to touch them together creating the circuit and follow the procedure outlined in the link above.

It works, but if there is a real problem with the SRS module it will come back on. I honestly don't care. I plan on repeating this procedure so I don't go crazy seeing the red light on the dash. As I get closer to my car inspection I will leave the light on and then reset it the day I go to the inspection so I can get thru it without getting rejected (hopefully this works!) It usually stays off for like a week or two then comes back on.

My SRS light did the same thing! I had about 97,000 miles on it and had had the timing belt and water pump replaced at the Honda dealership a few thousand miles earlier. Then one day it came on out of nowhere. I keep the grounding wires in my car in case I ever have to do it when I am away from home. I've done the reset a few times now and it only takes me about 20 seconds to do it. It is scary the first time you do it b/c you are wondering if you are hurting your car, but if you follow the instructions you'll be fine.

Hope it works out for you.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • maps3377 Jan 31, 2009

    Sorry I thought you had written SRS light. My solution won't help the check engine light, it is for the SRS light only.


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Some major parts stores offer free code reading. Call your local parts store and ask. Remember that codes give general information that there is a problem with an engine function, so whatever function the code reveals a problem with, can be a number of different things that could be wrong. It is a starting point on your search for the actual problem. So if you know what code # is causing the check engine light to illuminate, you still have to determine what is wrong by checking all the components of that system. It would be a great help to pick up a repair manual for your accord, good luck, God Bless, countrycurt0

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