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#1642 of 1702 check engine light
Sep 21, 2009 (12:13 pm)
I forgot to say that I did servicing two weeks ago still these problems persists. I need help as there is no Honda dealer near me now.
#1643 of 1702 Re: check engine light [iyke]
Sep 21, 2009 (12:14 pm)
What error codes were in the computer when the mechanic pulled the codes?
Don't know where you live that there isn't a Honda dealership, but worst case there are certainly mechanic / auto vehicle repair shops that work on Honda's.
#1644 of 1702 On our recent trip to CA
Sep 21, 2009 (12:57 pm)
The CEL would go on for several miles and then go off. When it was last ON, I parked the car for the night. Next morning, no CEL. We drove around the Bay area just fine except for having to buy a new tire in Dublin. Heading North out of CA, the CEL would go on for a few miles and then stay off for the rest of the trip.
It has been said, when the CEL goes on, it reflects a problem with the emission system so now I don't give it any importance.
#1645 of 1702 Re: Check engine light
Sep 30, 2009 (3:39 pm)
I just had a tune up and fuel injection cleaning done at Precision Auto. Now the engine light comes on and it had never come on before I had the tune up. The mechanic checked the codes which read (misfire ??), but he said that it was a false reading, that it was because of the fuel injection cleaning that was done. He said that the light would go out on its own. It has been a month now, how long should this take and is this normal?
#1646 of 1702 Re: Check engine light [slogan5]
Sep 30, 2009 (4:38 pm)
First of all, you have to say the year, make, model, engine size, and mileage so that people can get an idea of the type of car we are dealing with. Second, fuel injection cleaning is a waste of money. The best thing to clean your fuel injectors is to go down to your local auto parts store [Pep Boys, Auto Zone, Napa, etc..] and buy yourself a bottle of a STP Fuel Injector cleaner. Do this once or twice a year.
Third, why did you do a tune-up? And what parts were changed? I am willing to bet that the mechanic that sold you the "fuel injection cleaning" ruined your O2 sensor [also known as an oxygen sensor]. I can also tell you that you "may" have needed a tune-up [the key word is may] and you did "not need" the fuel injection cleaning service. I will try to help you if you want. You can e-mail me with as much info as you can.
Don't take your car back to the shop or mechanic that did your fuel injection cleaning. Take your car down to Pep Boys or AutoZone and they wil connect a special scanner to your car for free. They will tell you the code number and which part is bad. The special scanner is also known as a "code reader". Also if you want you can buy one of these code readers for about $70-90. You can buy the cheapest one, you do not need the most expense one. The code readers can be used on both imports and domestic cars from 1995-2005.
#1647 of 1702 Re: Check engine light [slogan5]
Oct 01, 2009 (10:23 am)
Not guaranteed, but it has worked for me.
Disconnect the Negative battery cable from the battery and reconnect it the next morning. This has been known, on some cars, to reset the computer.
#1648 of 1702 Re: Check engine light [slogan5]
Oct 01, 2009 (11:48 am)
Take it back, where you had it tuned.
There is an algorithm in the cars computer, which will continue to track all of the sensors, and after so many starts and miles driven without any error conditions it will turn the light off. A month should have been plenty of time to reset itself.
#1649 of 1702 Re: Check engine light [euphonium]
Oct 01, 2009 (2:25 pm)
I have a 2001 Izusu Rodeo Sport, it has approximately 32000 miles on it. It was kind of slow to start, not really running smoothly, so I took it in for a tune up. They did a fuel injection cleaning, put new plugs in. Initially, when I brought it in the engine light was not on, right after they finished with it, the engine light came on. I have brought it back three times and was told that it was because the computer was reading the fumes, gunk ???? whatever had not fully cleared out and once I drove it around for at least 100 miles or so, the engine light would automatically go out. I have done that and it is still on. I was told that it was just a false reading (I believe it was a misfire code that came up). I am getting really frustrated....
#1650 of 1702 Re: Check engine light [slogan5]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 01, 2009 (2:56 pm)
Well tell them to turn the light off at their expense and see what happens. It only takes them a few minutes. See if you can get a code # for us.
#1651 of 1702 Re: Check engine light [slogan5]
Oct 01, 2009 (2:57 pm)
They need to read, and then clear, the error codes. They may not have fixed the original problem, but did a couple obvious first steps to see if they could have an impact.
If the error doesn't clear, it can stop you from passing inspection if that is one of your state requirements.
Take it back now. If you wait much longer they will treat it as a 'new' problem, and charge you for diagnosis time.