do you drive with the check engine light on and look away and pretend it’s not there?
- JOHN BLv 61 week ago
No. I look right at it. It comes on so many times I'm sick of re-setting it. I could pay $200 to have a mechanic fix it or I could buy 1 for $75 and do it myself.
I have temp, oil pressure, alternator and fuel gauges to tell me all I need to know.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
It is a warning to do something(sometimes immediately) or it will leave you stranded on the road in the middle of nowhere. Different lights for different reasons. I always check when it is the OIL light. That is an immediate destruction thing. Pretending it is not there is followed by the "CLUNK" which sounds like someone took a sledge hammer to your engine and wacked it a hard one. Then the engine stops running and you are MILES AWAY from civilization on a dark road in the rain.
. It is almost as bad as ignoring a flat tire. YOU DON'T.
. The other lights are not as important but it is better you know what controls what.
I don't rent, so it is MY CAR. It is cheaper to fix it...even Mickey Mouse it to the nearest service station. Even those kids know more than you. They have a phone.
Cars have not changed in 100 years in the basics.
- AlbannachLv 64 weeks ago
Sure, I can look away. But the light is not nearly as distracting as the clattering, banging coming from under the hood and all the smoke belching out of the exhaust pipe!
- FLv 61 month ago
Of course it’s just a scam to make more money for garages. Carry on, just make sure you have a mobile handy unless you like walking.
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- ErikLv 71 month ago
My check engine light was on for more than a year. The code was "EGR system", which is obviously very vague. The car ran fine. I wasn't sure exactly what to fix, and neither was my mechanic. Eventually he took me to a smog guy that he knew, who said it was the vacuum modulator, which I got on ebay for less than $10 and put it in myself. The light went off, not right away, but a few hours after I put it in.
- jimanddottaylorLv 71 month ago
As long as it is not flashing, it usually means that something is wrong with the anti-pollution system. I drove like that for 1500 miles to get to my dealer. They could not find anything wrong , erased the code and sent me on my way.
- BarryLv 51 month ago
No that would be foolish.
- thebax2006Lv 71 month ago
No....I'm not an idiot. The people that do that are the same ones who never check their oil level in the motor and end up walking!
- Anonymous1 month ago
No, it's always there. Except when I use my OBD II reader to reset it just before the emissions test.
- Tublet HugletLv 61 month ago
I used to, and then there was a small explosion and I had to coast off the highway with no power. I’m still not exactly sure what happened, but I think it had something to do with physics.