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CEL is on! need help

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by tacoskim, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM
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    k so lastnight when i turned my truck on the Check Engine light was on... this morning i took it to autozone and it turns out a week ago they stopped doing free code scans (just with my luck) so now im in a hole.... i dont wanna spend 100 bucks to get it checked out or to buy one....


    anyone have any thoughts what to do besides take it to the dealership?? i dont think my MAF sensor is dirty cuz looks clean.... anyone in Socal has a code scanner i can use?? any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, lately my truck is been giving me problems, help!
     
  2. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:24 AM
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  3. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM
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    yea but kinda low on budget right now... i need to find someone that has one
     
  4. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:31 AM
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    Maybe try another autoparts store. Check advanced auto, checkers, pep boys etc...
     
  5. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM
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    they all charge 100 bucks, autozone was the only place that did it for free
     
  6. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM
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    wat?
    i used to get mine done at advanced w/ my s-10 for free
     
  7. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:47 AM
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    yea but starting last week here in CA a new law passed saying that auto shops cant do it for free anymore because they are not licensed and only sell parts. its emission BS
     
  8. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM
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    wat?
    thats dumb....all they tell u is what the code is and what the code then says is the prob. sounds like greedy stelaerships wanting more money, so they get a law passed
     
  9. Aug 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM
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    thats exactly what the guy at autozone was saying... anyone have any thoughts on why i got the CEL on??? i have short tubes so its not the headers... the y-pipe goes after the sensors so its not that. i replaced the K&N filter 6,000 miles ago and havent driven on dirt so its clean.. any thoughts ?? :help:
     
  10. Aug 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM
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    wat?
    gas cap? i know it'll throw one
     
  11. Aug 13, 2008 at 11:03 AM
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    nah that was the first thing i checked
     
  12. Aug 13, 2008 at 11:05 AM
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    wat?
    well ya didnt state that, nipple head! haha i have no other idea besides something legitimately being wrong. how it is running?
     
  13. Aug 13, 2008 at 11:11 AM
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    the truck is running fine... it hasn't stalled or sputtered... ive been having LSD problems, but can that throw a code??
     
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    wat?
    i dont see why it couldnt. maybe a code for the lsd clutch or something
     
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    k im really hoping this is what it is... cuz last week i took it in to the dealership cuz they didnt add the additive so it made the clutch slip... they changed the fluid then i was having a leak cuz they cracked the gasket. so they changed the gasket and said wait 1000 miles for the vibration to go away. its been bout 400 miles now and every turn i do going slow the whole truck shakes!! does anyone know if the LSD can throw a code for the CEL?
     
  16. Aug 13, 2008 at 11:46 AM
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    does anyone know if a bad differential can throw a CEL code??
     
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    From my understanding the CEL codes are usually emissions related. O2 sensors, MAF, gas cap etc...

    It could be anything. I would unhook the neg battery cable and let it sit for a while to reset and plug it back in. It may have been something that fell slightly out of spec once. That should clear the code, then you'll just have to see if the code comes back. If it does, you'll have to get it checked out and cleared before you can clear emmissions in CA.
     
  18. Aug 13, 2008 at 12:03 PM
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    wat?
    oh yeah...and even in SC, where there is no inspection at all, they wouldnt clear the code for u w/ the reader if u got it done for free
     
  19. Aug 13, 2008 at 3:14 PM
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    I dont think the LSD is going to throw a code. When I had those problems with my diff, I took it to the dealer, they changed the fluid and the noises and vibrations were gone Immediately. I think your dealer may be doing something wrong. If you are under warranty, they should check the light for free. :confused:
     
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