Service engine light is on and the tech at auto zone says the computer says it is having thermostat problems. The thermostat in the car never makes it to the center and stays near cold. How much does it usually cost to fix this. Also I know the intake gasket needs to be changed. Should I have the thermo fix then and also have the dexacool flushed from the system?
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Re: service engine light on.
U will need to have the thermostat replaced, the system senses it is running cold and turns on the light, cold running engines burn allot of fuel and produce lot s of unburned fuel out the tailpipe, this, check your coolant is it is clean and still yellow or green just have the thermostat replaced and the system topped off with coolant, about $100 US for the job I would guess would be an average figure.
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Go by your local Auto Zone or Advance Auto store and have them connect a OBDII code reader to tell you what code the vehicle has stored. There are tons of OBDII code readers available that will even allow you to reset/clear the code. If the code comes back (check engine light on) you should look into the silution to repair the problem idenifed by the code.
That is your "Check Engine Light" / "Service Engine Light". It means the Computer (ECM / PCM / ECU, it goes by many names) has detected a problem with one or more parts on the engine or transmission.
The easiest way to find out, is to stop by an auto parts store (like Advance Auto, Auto Zone, etc) and have them hook up a Scan Tool to read the Trouble Codes from the ECM. They do that for free. Most if not all garages/mechanics also have the necessary Scan Tool as well, but most of those will charge you just to read the codes.
It means there is a problem in the engine control,a code is stored in the computer ,and a code reader has to be attached to the vehicles obd2 connector to find out what the code is to solve the problem,auto zone can do this for free.
Hello. Your vehicle and most other recent ones have on an on-board computer called an Electronic Control Module or ECM. 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. Recently many auto parts stores, such as auto zone, offer the free service of scanning your computer and pinpointing the reason why your check engine light comes on. I recommend that you start there as it is free. Regards, Joe PS please rate my answer. Thank you. Happy Holidays
Best thing to do is go to Auto Zone and have the computer in the car scanned for codes that is triggering your service engine light on.
They scan for free and i'm thinking that it just might be a O2 sensor that may have gone bad. What ever the problem is Auto Zone should have the part for you to replace the faulty part, and will have the instructions for you do the job your self if you'll like to save more money.
Good luck and hope this help's
Take it to your local Auto Zone store. They will hook it up to a scanner for FREE and read the codes saved in the computer. They should give you a printout with the codes and possible problems with your car. You can decide where to take it to get it serviced knowing what the problem is. It's usually a bad sensor. Auto Zone could quote you a price on the part so you have an idea of what your repair bill should be. Auto Zone only sells parts. They do not install them. Good Luck!