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Old 05-07-2009, 10:49 PM
 
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did anyone have this light on, and wonder what now? Did anyone, also
after reading the book etc., and the light still is on go to the dealer? Then
just an estimate on 90.00 plus? Then, the advisor, said he did set me free
it was the gas cap! They did a reset, is this normal, I was real happy!
I guess depends on the dealer? I got off without 90.00 in a 2 minute check.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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did anyone have this light on, and wonder what now? Did anyone, also
after reading the book etc., and the light still is on go to the dealer? Then
just an estimate on 90.00 plus? Then, the advisor, said he did set me free
it was the gas cap! They did a reset, is this normal, I was real happy!
I guess depends on the dealer? I got off without 90.00 in a 2 minute check.
Nowadays the check engine light can pop on for the gas cap and unbalanced tires(if you have the sensor). Alot of times it can only be reset by the dealer too. What an annoyance.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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After the problem is solved, the code will go off after 50 cycles of the ignition switch. Resetting it with a scan tool, as the dealer does is faster, but the code will go off by it's self after 50 cycles..
Most places will do it as a courtesy if it is as simple as tightening the gas cap.
YOu learned a cheap lesson, tighten the gas cap properly...! It is a VERY common problem, people get in too much hurry...
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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After the problem is solved, the code will go off after 50 cycles of the ignition switch. Resetting it with a scan tool, as the dealer does is faster, but the code will go off by it's self after 50 cycles..
Most places will do it as a courtesy if it is as simple as tightening the gas cap.
YOu learned a cheap lesson, tighten the gas cap properly...! It is a VERY common problem, people get in too much hurry...
Is 50 cycles standard? Or does it vary some by make and model? We had the "gas cap induced check engine light" once on my wife's 2001 New Beetle. We figured it out and tightened the cap. If I remember right, the light went off after only a day or two.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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My new Honda actually tells you when its the gas cap.Tighten or put the gas cap on and its goes off after a few miles.
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Is 50 cycles standard? Or does it vary some by make and model? We had the "gas cap induced check engine light" once on my wife's 2001 New Beetle. We figured it out and tightened the cap. If I remember right, the light went off after only a day or two.
Yeah my 98 Jetta will kill the light pretty quickly on its own as well.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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I wish it had just been the dang gas cap when MY check engine light went on. BAH.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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The "Check Engine" light is as vague as it gets. And if you get the codes run it gives you a half dozen or more ideas as to what could be wrong. OK...yeah that tells me nothing. Thanks a lot!

If they are going to go all techy on cars why don't they have an on board diagnostic that will actually diagnose something? Give me a message on my dash that says exactly what is wrong instead of something that indicates a hundred possibilities of what's wrong. ...I guess maybe I'm asking for too much though.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The "Check Engine" light is as vague as it gets. And if you get the codes run it gives you a half dozen or more ideas as to what could be wrong. OK...yeah that tells me nothing. Thanks a lot!

If they are going to go all techy on cars why don't they have an on board diagnostic that will actually diagnose something? Give me a message on my dash that says exactly what is wrong instead of something that indicates a hundred possibilities of what's wrong. ...I guess maybe I'm asking for too much though.
Exactly. My check Engine light was on, codes said bad Vehicle Speed Sensor so I replaced it. Engine light still on--turned out the Instrument Cluster was bad
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Southern NH
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For $95 I bought an OBDII meter. It tells me what's wrong and resets the light. We had a check engine light come on in the Subaru Forester and it said "too lean". I checked the air filter and it was dirty. Replaced the filter and reset the check engine light. No more problems.
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