Yellow Check Engine Light

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Old 05 Apr 2006, 01:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
Al
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Our 2004 Camry with 18,025 miles on it just had the yellow check engine
light (in right corner of dash) come on. I called the Toyota dealer and
asked if they could tell me by phone what this means. They asked if it was
blinking - I said NO. It just stays on. They said I had to bring it in for
an analysis which can cost about $84, but any repair, if needed, would be
covered by the warranty. Anyone have any experience with this kind of
thing? Any recommendation?
Al


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Old 05 Apr 2006, 02:40 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Al" <albertr@joimail.com> wrote in message
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> Our 2004 Camry with 18,025 miles on it just had the yellow check engine
> light (in right corner of dash) come on. I called the Toyota dealer and
> asked if they could tell me by phone what this means. They asked if it
> was blinking - I said NO. It just stays on. They said I had to bring it
> in for an analysis which can cost about $84, but any repair, if needed,
> would be covered by the warranty. Anyone have any experience with this
> kind of thing? Any recommendation?
> Al
>


My 2005 at almost 20,000 blinks 4 times every time I turn the ignition on,
but then goes away. go to AAAMCO and they'll chek it for free .


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Old 05 Apr 2006, 02:42 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Take it to Auto zone. They will read the code for you for free. That
way you know whats wrong before you take it to a dealer. Dealer will
charge you 85 bucks for reading the code again but that is usually
waived if the problem is covered under warranty. It called the check
engine light and the reason to go to auto zone is to make sure dealer
does not tell you some cock and bull story.

Also sometimes if you dont close your gas tank cap properly that light
can come on. So first make sure you close the gas tank cap till it
makes click sound. After a few cold starts if the the light is still
there then do as I mentioned above. Good luck...

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Old 05 Apr 2006, 06:44 pm   #4 (permalink)
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<learnfpga@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Take it to Auto zone. They will read the code for you for free. That
> way you know whats wrong before you take it to a dealer. Dealer will
> charge you 85 bucks for reading the code again but that is usually
> waived if the problem is covered under warranty. It called the check
> engine light and the reason to go to auto zone is to make sure dealer
> does not tell you some cock and bull story.
>
> Also sometimes if you dont close your gas tank cap properly that light
> can come on. So first make sure you close the gas tank cap till it
> makes click sound. After a few cold starts if the the light is still
> there then do as I mentioned above. Good luck...
>


I took the gas cap off and put it back on till it clicked. The check engine
light now doesn't stay on. Thanks for the info, and I'm sure glad I didn't
quickly take it to the local Toyota dealer. In fact, it is somewhat
troubling that they would try to make a fast $84 dollars on something other
places would do free. Looks like some kind of a rip off. Perhaps that's
why it's so hard to find anything helpful in the owner's manual on this
warning light. I also heard that if the car sits for awhile without driving
(like a month or so) the engine light might come on for the first time or
two that you run the car. Maybe they called them "Idiot Lights" because
only an idiot would run to pay $84 dollars to the dealer without first being
assured it is necessary.
Thanks for the info,
Al


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Old 05 Apr 2006, 07:24 pm   #5 (permalink)
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learnfpga@gmail.com wrote in
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> Take it to Auto zone. They will read the code for you for free.


But will Auto Zone turn it off for free? I ask because after my messed up
spark-plug wire job that I described earlier in another thread, my check
engine-light came on when the car started sputtering. I replaced the wires
with Toyota product and it now runs fine, but that dang check engine-light
is still on.

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Old 05 Apr 2006, 07:54 pm   #6 (permalink)
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If you are sure that you repaired the problem related to the light, you can
clear it by pulling the "EFI" fuse from the block under the hood for a
minute or so.

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Old 06 Apr 2006, 09:03 am   #7 (permalink)
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I think you dont need to reset the light. If the computer cannot detect
the problem then it goes away after a few cold starts. Its should be
actually 90% of the times emissions related problem and nothing to do
with the engine. But who would care about it if you were told that its
emissions problem and not an engine problem and hence the name Check
Engine Light.....

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Old 06 Apr 2006, 07:41 pm   #8 (permalink)
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The car is under warranty, and Toyota wants to charge you $84 to look
at the CHECK ENGINE light?

Didn't they used to do this for free too? They've outsourced customer
service I bet.

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