CEL Blinking 201k miles

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CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by msmyer » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:21 am

201,000 miles later, took my Vibe in for the first (seroius) time in 10 1/2 years (since I bought it brand new) The CEL is blinking with a rough idle and sluggish ride over 40 mph. The CEL is throwing several codes of P0301 Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected. Changed the spark plugs and it is still throwing the code. Took in to the mechanic 8 am this morning, wish me luck...
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by joatmon » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:37 am

good luck. Hope its an easy and low cost fix

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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by sideshowalan » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:40 am

Hopefully it's just a bad ignition coil. Not too expensive and it's within your abilities if you can do the plugs.

If your mechanic is stumped, you can test it by switching the #3 coil w/ another one and see if the problem code switches to the other cylinder.
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by msmyer » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:10 pm

sideshowalan wrote:Hopefully it's just a bad ignition coil. Not too expensive and it's within your abilities if you can do the plugs.

If your mechanic is stumped, you can test it by switching the #3 coil w/ another one and see if the problem code switches to the other cylinder.
Yep...Bad ignition coil. What's a reasonable price for parts/labor?
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by SeattleJeremy » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:32 pm

Rock Auto has the coils available for less than $50 (each) + shipping.
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Buying them locally should be around $100 or less.

It should only cost one our of labor to fix.
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by tpollauf » Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:33 pm

msmyer wrote:201,000 miles later, took my Vibe in for the first (seroius) time in 10 1/2 years (since I bought it brand new)
Man that is one reliable track record there ;) Glad I got myself a Vibe :) Also glad it was nothing major and easy to fix. You certainly got your money's worth out of this car. Keep it going for another 201K 8-)
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by joatmon » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:59 am

There's been very few reports here of those coils failing.

Get it back and fixed yet?

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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by msmyer » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:28 pm

joatmon wrote:There's been very few reports here of those coils failing.

Get it back and fixed yet?
Yep...It was the #3 ignition coil.

Back and fixed. Runs like new...

It was $256 total, with shop fees and tax.
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by joatmon » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:39 am

Image Should be good for another decade ;)

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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by msmyer » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:27 am

joatmon wrote:Image Should be good for another decade ;)
70k miles - New Computer covered under powertrain warranty
120k miles - CO2 sensor
150k miles - New starter

Tires and 2 sets of brakes...

Not bad for 10 years and 7 months (May 2002)
Not bad? : )
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Re: CEL Blinking 201k miles

Post by vibenvy » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:10 pm

msmyer wrote:70k miles - New Computer covered under powertrain warranty
120k miles - CO2 sensor
150k miles - New starter

Tires and 2 sets of brakes...

Not bad for 10 years and 7 months (May 2002)
Not bad? : )
Not bad at all! As tpollauf said, makes me really glad I decided to get a Vibe :D!
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