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Old 06-28-2006, 01:57 PM
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Engine check light

I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab with the Magnum V8. A couple of weeks ago the Check engine light came on, I found that the coolant level in the radiator was low, but not low enough to cause problems,I added more fluid then disconnected the battery cable for about 15 minutes and reconnected it. This cleared the light for about 2 days then it came on again. I repeated the process and a few days later it came on again. Is there something I need to be doing to clear it right, or would there be another problem I need to have checked. The truck runs great, and all the liquid level are good!

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Old 06-28-2006, 04:59 PM
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Was the check engine light for coolant level? It could be for anything. To clear the light you first need to find out what the problem is and fix it. Go by your local Autozone or Discount Auto and have the codes read and go from there. There are many things that could be causing the light. Let us know what you find please.
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Go by your local Autozone or Discount Auto and have the codes read and go from there
I would suggest that you go to a reputable repair shop that can and wil diagnose the true problem, instead of saying its a ???? code and say all you need to do is buy this part from me and change it in the parking lot. Lets not forget these are parts stores with part sellers at the counter, not certified automotive technicians that have the training and the proper tools to diagnose the real problem.

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I speak from experience. One of my good friends works for Auto Zone and he has never sold me a part I did not ask for. You get to watch them perform the check and their service is free. I have had them check something out for me before and told me a $50. dollar part was bad. I had my doubts and took it to a shop for another opinion. That diagnosis and part swap ended up costing me $350 dollars. I'll always try these guys first. However, your advice is good. A certified, reputable mechanic may be the way to go for some of the people, some of the time....
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Old 07-05-2006, 10:27 AM
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I speak from experience. One of my good friends works for Auto Zone and he has never sold me a part I did not ask for. You get to watch them perform the check and their service is free. I have had them check something out for me before and told me a $50. dollar part was bad. I had my doubts and took it to a shop for another opinion. That diagnosis and part swap ended up costing me $350 dollars. I'll always try these guys first. However, your advice is good. A certified, reputable mechanic may be the way to go for some of the people, some of the time....
There is a reason these guy's are working at Auto Zone and not at a repair shop. Just because the computer said its a (example) oxygen sensor code does not mean that its a bad oxygen sensor. It makes me sick every time a customer comes in and says change out my oxygen sensor because the guy at Auto Zone said thats what is bad.(with part in hand and that part being a Bosch part) Most of the time there diagnosis is wrong.

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I agree with 31 Steve. Oh yeh...Welcome to Hotrodders.
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In some cases, for some people, it may be best to take your car to a shop when they have a problem, especially with the electronics. I prefer to work on my own cars and bikes and use a shop only if I have to. And yes, there is a reason guys work at Auto Zones and other stores, and the reasons are not always as previously inferred. My friend worked for 24 years in the USAF on C-130 aircraft at locations all around the world and prefers to work in an air conditioned, low stress job and help people with their automotive problems. He more than earned the right.
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Check engine light

I am the same way, I do not like to take my vehicles to the service garages, I've worked on my own cars all my life and I don't intend to stop now, unless it become necessary. I did do some research, and I found the problem and the light is off. thanks ofr the info.
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So spill the beans!!! What was the problem?

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OK! I was hoping you wouldn't ask, when I cleared the light by disconnecting the battery cable, I found out the instead of disconnecting the positive cable, you are suppoded to disconnect the negative cable!
See, my problem is, is that for many years, even though I have owned late model cars with computor controls,(which I never had any occation to experiance problems with), my dayly driver that I drove was a 69' chevy pickup that I restored and owned for 12 years, I never had to mess with electronic gadgets on that. But then I sold it and now am driving cars with "electronics" so i'm going to have to get used to it!
I can't wait to get my "52" lincoln finished so I can get to driving it. you know back to good old basics!!!!!!
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when I cleared the light by disconnecting the battery cable, I found out the instead of disconnecting the positive cable, you are suppoded to disconnect the negative cable!
If this is the only thing you did to fix your problem, the problem will come back. Just a matter of time. You can only reset the light with a tool or drive cycles with the cars computer.

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Check Engine Light

Based on what I've seen in the past, that light comes on for one of the following reasons; An oxygen sensor is bad, the EGR valve or sensor is bad(usually the sensor), the gas cap wasn't screwed on 'til it clicks, or there's a glitch in the computer(which usually means replacing it). However, it's usually one of the first three. If it's anything else, the Idiot light will come on(I.E. battery light or oil light, etc...). I've read somewhere that Oxygen sensors should be replaced every 30K miles. If that doesn't sound like the dealers and parts stores trying to reach into your hip pocket, I dunno what does.
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I've read somewhere that Oxygen sensors should be replaced every 30K miles. If that doesn't sound like the dealers and parts stores trying to reach into your hip pocket, I dunno what does
On average that is about how long they last.

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