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An acronym for "Check Engine Light" warning light on a vehicle's dashboard.

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What possible causes for the “check engine” light can I check for myself?

The "Service Engine Soon" light came on yesterday and isn't going away on its own. The car drives fine, no weird noises, smells, or other symptoms. The manual is not very helpful, just directing me to ...
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What are good features to look for in an OBD-II reader

I recently took my car in for the engine light. It turned out to be a minor problem (crack in gas cap let water in). It would be nice to have a low-cost OBD-II reader to be able to find out for ...
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Why would a new gas cap cause the “check engine” light to shut off?

This happened to a friend of mine: The "check engine" light came on in his truck (Toyota). He replaced the gas cap and the light shut off. Then I also had a "check engine" light come on in my 1994 ...
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Does waiting until the gas cap become faulty cause any damage?

The description for a fuel tank cap says: You can prevent unnecessary service costs by replacing the gas cap on modern vehicles before they go bad and the check engine light appears. Is this ...
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2005 Dodge Ram: Easy way to diagnose code P0420?

My truck is reporting a code P0420, which apparently is "Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)" which can either be the catalytic converter or the rear O2 sensor. The code came on at ...
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Check Engine code P0420 Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1

After months of normal driving with no problems, my 2003 Honda Civic EX check engine light came on during a long trip. Got it scanned and it's P0420: Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1. They ...
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Sharp cornering is turning my Service light on for a second

Citroen C4 2005, Petrol Very rarely I happen to turn without braking properly and my forward momentum is quite high. In these situations I can feel the strain on my front wheels being very high. What ...
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Why does the Check Engine code for emissions failure disable traction control and cruise?

I have a 2010 Forester with nearly 100k miles, and it just started giving the "emissions" check engine code (P0420, Catalytic Converter Efficiency Below Threshold). When that code is tripped in the ...
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My BMW 325xi smells like gas

It is difficult to start my BMW it runs rough and smells like raw gas from the exhaust pipe. My check engine light is on. What could be the problem? I just had the engine replaced I am over 8,000 ...
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Does it make the most sense to replace an old car's entire exhaust system all at once?

Back story: The Check Engine light came on in my 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan (V6 3.5L). I took the car to a mechanic #1 (M1), an independent shop. They replaced the EGR valve. A day later, the ...
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'Check Engine' code P0171 System Too Lean - Is it safe to drive?

My 2003 Toyota Corolla's Check Engine Light came on. I read the codes using an OBD code reader and got P0171 - System Too Lean (Bank 1) and P0133 - 02 Circuit Slow Response (Bank 1, Sensor 1). The ...
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06 Solstice - weird hesitation / bogging under heavy throttle

I wonder what percentage of the questions here are from me about this car... When I try to accelerate with more than about 60-75% throttle at lower RPM (say, under 3k or so), the car starts to ...
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How to Fix Check Engine Light (OBDII code: P0172)

I just saw the check engine light come on on my 2004 VW Passat B5.5 and did a bit of research. Some people said that it would be a faulty oxygen sensor. I was about to order one, but then I read this (...
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why the check engine light on 75 mph speed?

My car is Toyota Corolla 2011. CEL lights at 75 mph. I pulled code p02757. There no other thing wrong. The car is running satisfactory, this check lamp is the only trouble.
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How do I pull error codes from my Kawasaki motorcycle?

I have an FI light on my Kawasaki motorcycle that is 2002 or newer. How do I get the error codes so I can troubleshoot it?
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SAAB 9-5 wagon throws P1549 Code (Boost control valve)

I called an ASE-certified mechanic. He charged some $60 for the visit and $60 diagnosis and really he didn't quite spot on anything. Left me where I was - work-wise , diagnosis-wise and knowledge-...
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What CAN'T the check engine light tell you?

Usually when something goes wrong with my vehicle the check engine light comes on. I had an issue recently where the check engine light did not turn on, but the vehicle ceased functioning. I read the ...
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Where exactly is the Check Engine Light connector on a 1997 Honda Honda Civic?

The check engine light on my 1997 Honda Civic lit up. I came across a method for troubleshooting (http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1901557) but I'm having trouble finding the connector. Can ...
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Meaning of dashboard “Check Engine Light” on motorbike

Please help me understand the meaning of this dashboard light shown in the picture. ABOUT BIKE SPECIFICATION What happen if it blinks RED ?
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If the check engine light goes off after some time later, has the issue been resolved?

My '08 Ford Fusion's check engine light went on about a month ago. It was a P0455 code "Evaporative emission control system leak detected - large leak". I was going to fix it myself, but never got ...
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How serious is the Engine System Service Required message on a Volvo V50 2007?

I got a 2007 Volvo V50 last week and the "Engine System Service Required" message has appeared. how serious is that message and can only a Volvo garage do the diagnostics? It has done 41000 miles. I ...
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revving sounds and the engine cut

I have a 2002 Subaru Forester. My engine light came on a couple of days ago and I was planning on bringing my car in to have it checked out. This evening as I was driving I felt like the car would ...
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How do I resolve error code P1135 in my Toyota Camry?

I recently replaced the downstream O2 sensor in my Toyota Camry. Shortly thereafter, the check engine like came on again providing the following codes: P1135 which I understand to be the upstream ...
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Do the Check Engine and Oil Pressure lights have any significance when the engine is off?

I should preface this by saying that I'm a relatively brand new driver, and I know next to nothing about cars. I've got a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, and I've noticed just today that when I put the ...
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Replacing Cam Position Sensor; any gotchas?

I have a 2007 Nissan Murano. My Check Engine light is telling me that the cam position sensor (bank 1) is bad. I've located the sensors, and they are both readily available and easy to get to. Is ...
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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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2002 Jeep Grand Cheerokee Laredo hesitate/jerking + multiple CEL codes

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cheerokee Laredo 4.0. I don't know much about cars, and recently had bought this Jeep off of a private owner that had said it had no problems but now after owning it for 2 1/2 ...
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No Acceleration, loss of power, backfiring, CEL, stalling

91 Caprice - l am having problems on acceleration, loss of power, backfiring, check engine light, stalling. Had to repair shop three times and they have not fixed it. Is there a scanner that can ...
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Intermittent CEL, several codes

06 Solstice. Again. I have an intermittent check engine light. I hooked up the laptop to the car this morning and found: 0171 - System Too Lean (Bank 1) (Immature) P0507 - Idle Air Control System ...
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Difference between steady and flashing CEL?

What is the significance of a flashing CEL, vs. a steady one? I recently read and cleared the codes on my 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII. After driving it for awhile, the CEL came back on. During that trip,...
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Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease

The knock sensor for my 2001 Subaru Outback grounds through the engine block. I've seen various advice about whether to put dielectric grease on the underside (where the grounding takes place). Some ...
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Check Engine Light

2013 Mazda CX5 roughly 64,700 miles on it. Check engine light came on today, took to Auto-Zone to get error code, as well as local dealership and they said that there was no error code? The light ...
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2000 Mercury Marquis Check Engine Light Issue

I have a 2000 Mercury Marquis. When the temps were -20+ I went out and started the car often letting it run at 20 minute intervals. On the last day of the cold spell the check engine light stayed on. ...
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Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light

The check engine light is on in my 1989 Ford E250 Econoline van. I heard from a mechanic (who changed my oil) that there's a "key cycling" process that will cause the light to flash in a certain ...
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P0442: Faulty EVAP System

After seeing my CEL come on in my '05 Mazda 3 (just passed 100K mi.), I used my code reader to find out that the code was P0442. So I naturally came to this website to see what I could find on the ...
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Can mixing octanes cause the check engine light to come on?

A Nissan Versa (2008 or '09) driver in the USA, running on 87-octane usually, decided to fill up from almost-empty on 89-octane based on advise that it helps clean the engine. They returned to highway ...
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Is the vehicle code gone or does a mechanic have to clear it?

So my truck had an emissions leak for the longest time therefore the check engine light was on and I had a code on it. I just replaced some parts on the truck and the check engine light turned off. ...
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Does P0420 on a Vibe result from a pre- or a post- O2 sensor?

My CEL is on and the code reads P0420 on a 2003 Vibe. There are apparently three options: Pre-cat O2 sensor Post-cat O2 sensor CAT model 51274 This is most likely beyond my mechanical abilities (...
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OBD-II reader has power but shows nothing

My check engine light is on, the car ran out of battery and after jumping it, it is running kind of poorly, idling rough, etc. I plugged in the OBD-II scanner/reader, and it "has power" (green ...
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O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?

Ford Taurus 2004 Sedan SES DOHC. (The car is actually in the shop right now and I told him to hold off until I get more info.) Took the car to the local shop to get the spark plugs replaced. Because ...
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How do I retrieve the check engine codes without a scanner for a 1999 Dodge Ram Van 3500?

I'm sure the answer to this applies to many models of Dodge and probably Chrysler, Jeep, and Plymouth, too. I found the answer for newer (2001 Ram truck) vehicles but nothing I've found works on my ...
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2004 Jetta - Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect

My check engine light came on and I took it to the parts store to get the computer read. The error that came up is Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect. and the probable causes listed were: 1 ...
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CEL code 43 on 1992 Civic

I'm getting CEL code 43 after doing a lot of work on my car (changing the head gasket, which involved removing and reattaching lots of exhaust and intake components, and replacing the fuel filter and ...
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Cause of P0440 on 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback

I get a P0440 code on my Outback on almost every highway trip over 5 miles. Is this caused by the leak in the gas tank or could it be something else?
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Developing an OBD2 application - Engine Warning Lights

I am currently developing an application which retrieves diagnostic trouble codes from my car's OBD system and display any DTCs in a list. However, as my car has no trouble codes I am unable to test ...
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Why is my Chevy 2008 Cobalt not acting as though it's getting enough fuel and reading “cylinder 4 misfire?”

I have a Chevrolet 2008 Cobalt (LS) that I've had for about 7 years. No sooner do I have this thing payed off, when it starts giving me the following problem (I've never had any trouble with it ...
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Can an ELM327 OBD-II reader report on anything other than engine trouble codes for a Mini Cooper?

My car (Mini Cooper S) has a service light and tire pressure light on, so I was expecting my new OBD reader to tell me what they were about, but it just says "0 confirmed emissions-related DTCs ...
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Does a CEL always result in an OBDII DTC?

Will any error which causes the check engine light to go on show up as a DTC during a regular OBDII scan? This is obviously only in relation to OBDII compliant vehicles. EDIT July 26th, 2016 So I ...
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Check Engine light soon after starting car

I started my car this morning from the outside by leaning in through the window and turning it on, to let it heat up. About 20 seconds after, I heard my engine change in sound, similar to how it ...
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2005 Mazda 3 2.3L rough idle

My 2005 Mazda 3, 128,300 miles and manual transmission, has been running well for quite a while but a couple of weeks ago it started idling rough/low once warmed up and even stalled a few times when I ...