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Old 04 Jul 2011, 01:31 pm
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Default 2009 Honda Civic check engine light?

I was driving yesterday when all the sudden my check engine light came on

my car has always been regularly serviced, and i just got a transmission flush about 2 weeks ago...i have 35000 miles on my car and i have no idea what could be wrong
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Old 04 Jul 2011, 01:46 pm
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Post who does the service.

Hopefully it's Honda and not a N00bL00b joint like P3P Guyz, Waterstone, KwiquiL00b, etc.

Never the N00bs work on your car.

CEL can come for minor reasons like loose gas cap.

Take it only to Honda for diagnosis and service if necc.


?Quick lube shops competing for your business cave into pressure for bargain oil changes.

?To cut costs, they might buy single weight oil in bulk or use recycled oil. They use cheaper, less durable oil filters.

?Low-wage, inexperienced technicians sometimes make servicing mistakes when trying to work faster.?

[No diss to any honest, competent mechanics who work there.]


??independent mechanics complain they lack the proprietary tools and data to service many late-model cars?? some 2004 models and earlier.

They?r seeking a ?Right to Repair? law allowing them access to manufacturers? databases.

Wall St Journal, Feb, 2011.


Toyota & Ford withhold Technical Service Bulletins from customers & National Hwy Traffic Safety Admin [NHTSA]"Automakers can save money if owners don?t know about service campaigns that include extended warranties," consumer advocate Clarence Ditlow said.

Toyota alleged it wants to ?protect its intellectual property? by withholding the bulletins.

Ford alleged it wants to protect its customers from the risks of do-it-yourself repairs using info in the TSBs. But Ford sells the TSBs to commercial distributors like who resell them w/o restriction.

Mercedes refused to comment on its policy of releasing TSBs in their entirety to the public & govt.

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Old 04 Jul 2011, 02:01 pm
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Go to autozone and tell them you have a check engine light. They will scan it and tell you what's wrong.
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Old 04 Jul 2011, 02:16 pm
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Stores like Autozone can scan the code and read it to you, but the code sometime won't tell you everyithing. Just throwing parts at it can get expensive very fast. Take the car to a trusted mechanic and have them diagnose it properly.
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