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Old 18 Sep 2008, 09:46 am
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Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
issue. Does that make any sense?

thanks,
tony
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Old 18 Sep 2008, 10:17 am
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jimmy wrote:
> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
> issue. Does that make any sense?
>
> thanks,
> tony

Hi,
Don't ignore CEL. Read the OBD II error code ASAP to see what's wrong.
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Old 18 Sep 2008, 06:14 pm
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On 2008-09-18, jimmy <bigtoehere@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
> issue. Does that make any sense?


If that's what the code says, sure... Have you had the code read?
What was the code that was output by the car? Without it, it is
unlikely that anyone here can answer your question accurately...

Unless you want to wait until next Psychic Wednesday...


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Old 18 Sep 2008, 06:56 pm
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"Joe" <joe@no-spam.hits-nospam-buffalo.com> wrote in message
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> On 2008-09-18, jimmy <bigtoehere@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
>> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
>> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
>> issue. Does that make any sense?

>
> If that's what the code says, sure... Have you had the code read?
> What was the code that was output by the car? Without it, it is
> unlikely that anyone here can answer your question accurately...
>
> Unless you want to wait until next Psychic Wednesday...
>
>
> --
> Joe - Linux User #449481/Ubuntu User #19733
> joe at hits - buffalo dot com
> "Hate is baggage, life is too short to go around pissed off all the
> time..." - Danny, American History X


I have heard this before. For some reason, many people who don't know much
about cars think that the MIL is just a bad O2 sensor light.


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Old 18 Sep 2008, 07:28 pm
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jimmy <bigtoehere@hotmail.com> wrote in
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> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off?



If your Civic uses the same sort of system as the RSX, then the float is
stuck in the level monitor inside the reservoir.

Try using a piece of broomstick or other non-marring tool to sharply (but
not too sharply; it's only plastic) rap the reservoir as low down as you
can. This may help free up the float. If not, you need to remove the
plastic inner fender liner so as to be able to get at the fluid level
float, which is at the bottom of the reservoir. If you want to just shut
the light off and not bother with the monitoring system at all, just unplug
the electrical connector at the float.



> Also,
> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
> issue. Does that make any sense?
>



Nope. It would only make sense if the alphanumeric code behind the light
said that the oxygen sensor was at fault. Get PartSource to read the code
for you for free. you DO NOT want the text description from PartSource, you
want the CODE (e.g.: P0457)

The most common cause of MIL illuminations these days is the gas cap.

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Old 18 Sep 2008, 09:16 pm
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jimmy wrote:
> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
> issue. Does that make any sense?
>
> thanks,
> tony




it's not an "idiot light", it's a warning signal telling you there's a
problem that requires computer hook-up to read. and that you need to
deal with it right away!

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Old 19 Sep 2008, 12:01 am
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"jim beam" <spamvortex@bad.example.net> wrote in message
news:fLOdneZfZqBclk7VnZ2dnUVZ_gKdnZ2d@speakeasy.ne t...
> jimmy wrote:
>> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
>> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
>> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
>> issue. Does that make any sense?
>>
>> thanks,
>> tony

>
>
>
> it's not an "idiot light", it's a warning signal telling you there's a
> problem that requires computer hook-up to read. and that you need to deal
> with it right away!
>


Ever notice who chooses to call it an "idiot light?"


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Old 19 Sep 2008, 01:35 pm
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On Thu, 18 Sep 2008 22:01:44 -0700, "Truckdude" <shrub@lipstick.com>
wrote:

>
>"jim beam" <spamvortex@bad.example.net> wrote in message
>news:fLOdneZfZqBclk7VnZ2dnUVZ_gKdnZ2d@speakeasy.n et...
>> jimmy wrote:
>>> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
>>> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off? Also,
>>> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
>>> issue. Does that make any sense?
>>>
>>> thanks,
>>> tony

>>
>>
>>
>> it's not an "idiot light", it's a warning signal telling you there's a
>> problem that requires computer hook-up to read. and that you need to deal
>> with it right away!
>>

>
>Ever notice who chooses to call it an "idiot light?"
>

Hey, I got broad shoulders...I can take it Sometimes I find a
question that begs ridicule elicits the most responses! Thanks to all
for pointing me in the right direction.

tgif,
tony
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Old 19 Sep 2008, 01:36 pm
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On Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:28:09 +0000 (UTC), Tegger <invalid@invalid.inv>
wrote:

>jimmy <bigtoehere@hotmail.com> wrote in
>news:3bq4d41lo6acl4p3a2npfti42bhaf5efs7@4ax.com :
>
>> Hi. In my 2000 civic the widshield washer warning light remained on
>> even after I filled the tank Is there a way to trip it off?

>
>
>If your Civic uses the same sort of system as the RSX, then the float is
>stuck in the level monitor inside the reservoir.
>
>Try using a piece of broomstick or other non-marring tool to sharply (but
>not too sharply; it's only plastic) rap the reservoir as low down as you
>can. This may help free up the float. If not, you need to remove the
>plastic inner fender liner so as to be able to get at the fluid level
>float, which is at the bottom of the reservoir. If you want to just shut
>the light off and not bother with the monitoring system at all, just unplug
>the electrical connector at the float.
>
>
>
>> Also,
>> the check engine light stays on & I'm told it's an oxygen sensor
>> issue. Does that make any sense?
>>

>
>
>Nope. It would only make sense if the alphanumeric code behind the light
>said that the oxygen sensor was at fault. Get PartSource to read the code
>for you for free. you DO NOT want the text description from PartSource, you
>want the CODE (e.g.: P0457)
>
>The most common cause of MIL illuminations these days is the gas cap.


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Old 19 Sep 2008, 11:30 pm
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>> unlikely that anyone here can answer your question accurately...
>>
>> Unless you want to wait until next Psychic Wednesday...
>>


Damn - I didnt know there was a psychic wednesday here - I'll repost my
gremlins question here then


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