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« on: September 02, 2005, 01:10:59 PM »
Hi all,

So yesterday I traded cars with my neighbor, my 2000 Passat v6 2.8 5spd variant for his brand new Toyota Tacoma so that I could move a large freezer.  When we traded back, BOTH vehicles had Check Engine Lights on.  I don't know why the Tacoma light went on when I was driving, and I don't know why my CEL went on in the Passat either.

Any thoughts here?  Is it ok to drive???

Do I drive to the dealership like the rest of the world, or is there someone who can help me read the code(s) and figure out what the plan should be?

I moved and I'm in the Englewood (Denver Tech Center) area these days......

HELP?!

Mike

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2005, 01:21:00 PM »
Well, obviously your cars felt abandoned and rejected. You need to say some nice things now and make up for cheating on it. Maybe give it a wash, show it you care.

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Actually there are a few people on the board here with VAG-COMs that can read your code and say exactly why it came on, and where the problem *might* be. Mine came on a few months ago, but the code said nothing about the actual problem which was a bad MAF sensor (VERY common). At the very least you can get the error code and search around the web to see what other people have done with it.

Definitely check the code and get some idea of the problem before resorting to taking it to the dealership. It took me 3 months to get around to fixing mine, but in the end i did it myself, paid way less than the dealership, and learned some about the car in the process.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2005, 01:21:00 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2005, 01:21:48 PM »
If the CEL light is just on and not flashing you are okay to drive. I am down south these days as well, if you want to pull the code let me know, i should be in and out this weekend.

Really, until we pull the code or your friend can give you any sort of idea of what was going on when it came on it's hard to tell.  It is possible it will go out after a number of starts and short drives (if the problem  corrects itself) but the codes will still be stored.

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2005, 01:23:41 PM »
Yeah, if the problem is not persistent then the light will go off on its own.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2005, 01:27:42 PM »
Go to autozone and have them check what codes the car is throwing and then you can post them.  Its free.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2005, 02:09:01 PM »
If you can't get to an autozone, I can bring my OBD-II reader on Tuesday and we can hook up over lunch.

Did you fill up both vehicles at the same gas station?

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2005, 03:41:46 PM »
.... I appreciate the help.  I just noticed that the dashboard LCD is telling me that I've got an emmissions something (I forget the exact wording), which doesn't make sense, as I had my car tested last month for the Colorado renewal of auto registration (a PITA), and the numbers were great.  I suppose the O2 sensor or something else could've failed since then but who knows....

If I can't pull a code before Tues, Ian, I'd love to meet up over lunch.  Will you plan to do that unless I say otherwise?  I'm assuming you work here in the Tech Center area?

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2005, 03:46:50 PM »
Yeah, since you've got a 2.8 just like I do, I will say that both catalytic convertors have already been replaced (2000), one needs to be replaced again; both O2 sensors were replaced (2000), and my CELs and dealer inspection notices come on at random. I really try not to worry too much about them.  Like I said in another post, I've had my CEL one most of the time I've owned the car, and there's never been any sort of problem. I think I probably would've noticed now at over 150,000 miles.

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2005, 04:54:27 PM »
Quote from: "Lila"
.... I appreciate the help.  I just noticed that the dashboard LCD is telling me that I've got an emmissions something (I forget the exact wording), which doesn't make sense, as I had my car tested last month for the Colorado renewal of auto registration (a PITA), and the numbers were great.  I suppose the O2 sensor or something else could've failed since then but who knows....

If I can't pull a code before Tues, Ian, I'd love to meet up over lunch.  Will you plan to do that unless I say otherwise?  I'm assuming you work here in the Tech Center area?

Mike


Does it say "Emissions Workshop." Did your friend put gas in your car for you? If so they may not have tightened the gas cap all the way. I would check that first. Loosen and retighen. After doing that it will take a certain number of starts and miles for it to turn off.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2005, 05:28:22 PM »
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If I can't pull a code before Tues, Ian, I'd love to meet up over lunch.  Will you plan to do that unless I say otherwise?  I'm assuming you work here in the Tech Center area?

Mike


I will make sure to have it with me on Tuesday.  I work at roughly I-25 and Dry Creek...a little east of there.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2005, 08:21:53 PM »
Yes, it says Emissions Workshop.  I will try the gas cap thing.... I suppose the computer knows that there isn't proper vacuum pressure in the charcoal canister?  Is that how it works?

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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2005, 03:30:09 PM »
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Well, obviously your cars felt abandoned and rejected. You need to say some nice things now and make up for cheating on it. Maybe give it a wash, show it you care.

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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2005, 12:37:41 PM »
Yes, apparentally swinging can get you in trouble with your car too (not just a potential problem with your wife/girlfriend)....

Ian, let me know if today works.  If so, I'll meet you wherever is convenient to pull the code.  Thanks!.

Mike

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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2005, 01:59:43 PM »
Mike, I flaked and forgot the laptop...will tomorrow work for you?  My apologies.
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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2005, 03:20:47 PM »
Ian --- Any day works fine, send me an email and let me know what works best for you.  Mike  Send email to  egold3 AT aol.com

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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2005, 02:34:46 PM »
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Ian --- Any day works fine, send me an email and let me know what works best for you.  Mike  Send email to  egold3 AT aol.com

Thanks


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