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Monday, August 23, 2010

When the “Check Engine Soon” Light Comes On

This entry originally appeared on my former blog “The Coupon Junkie”.  Comments from that blog are included.
Every now and then that pesty "Check Engine Soon" light comes on in the van and panic sets in.  We go through the car's instruction manual and do all of the troubleshooting steps.  However, this time, those steps didn't do the trick.  I took the 1999 Chevy Venture
van, (Yes, it is old, but it's paid for and it works!!  LOL), to the repair shop to see what the problem was.  "She", (that's what I affectionately call the van), was hooked up to the diagnostic machine, the problem was determined, and hubby decided that we would have her worked on another day.  However, just hooking it up to the machine cost us over $60.00. 
A couple of weeks later, hubby's 2004 Chevy Sierra pickup, (Yep!  it's paid for, too), displayed the same symptoms.  He heard that he could take a car to Advantage Auto Parts and they could hook it up to a diagnostics machine---FOR FREE!!!  He took it and they did !!!  The problem was determined, (something simple), and the code was erased from the vehicle by Advantage. 
I'm not promising that taking it to Advantage will be the answer to everyone's problems, but it's worth a shot.  Why not give it a try and see before paying $60.00 for the same test, elsewhere?  YMMV--That's coupon lingo for "Your Mileage (or Manager) May Vary--That's what we couponers say when we found a deal at a business, but we can't guarantee that the same business, in your area, will give you the same deal.
Posted by Bonnie at 7:57 AM
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Holly Renee said...
Wow! What an easy way to save. Good advice... I had no idea.
April 12, 2010 5:58 PM

Bonnie said...
We didn't either, Holly, but I'm glad that hubby heard about it and gave it a try. What's the worst they could do? Say no? I can deal with that, but we don't know unless we ask.
April 14, 2010 11:10 AM

Avery Q. Poner said...
You have a very interesting blog. Something different all the time. Happy couponing.
April 16, 2010 3:15 AM

Bonnie said...
Thank u, Avery. I guess that it shows how I try to look for savings in everything. :-)
April 16, 2010 12:40 PM

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