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frostyvibegt
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check engine light

Postby frostyvibegt » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:49 pm

so about 3 weeks ago i noticed my car was idling extremely high at about 1800 and normal all warmed up. and it continued like this for a couple weeks and i notice i was getting terrible gas mileage i was filling my tank from empty to full every 170 miles and was experiencing a huge loss of power couldn't even maintain 40 i was planning to take it in to the dealer the next week. a couple days passed like this and then my check engine light came on and now the car has more power than I've ever seen it have and I'm getting great gas mileage but my check engine light is still on. it is also very hard to start when the engine is warm. any ideas on what is causing it
2004 Pontiac vibe base with 5 speed automatic GT engine 770000 miles on it

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Re: check engine light

Postby andrewclaus » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:33 am

Read the code indicated by the check engine light. Some auto parts stores will do that for free. Budget scanners are available for under $20, too.

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joatmon
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Re: check engine light

Postby joatmon » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:13 am

a check engine light could be caused by something as trivial as a loose gas cap or as serious as imminent engine death. I don't know of a specific condition that would cause your symptoms, but as andrewclaus said, get the specific error code read and let us know what it is.

Please let us know what the code is, a condition that would both add lots of power and greatly increase gas mileage might be something I'd want to cause in my car ;)

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Re: check engine light

Postby frostyvibegt » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:25 am

joatmon wrote:a check engine light could be caused by something as trivial as a loose gas cap or as serious as imminent engine death. I don't know of a specific condition that would cause your symptoms, but as andrewclaus said, get the specific error code read and let us know what it is.

Please let us know what the code is, a condition that would both add lots of power and greatly increase gas mileage might be something I'd want to cause in my car ;)



today as i was driving to a couple of stores when i parked the light went off and the on when i started it and then as i was driving went off again and is currently off

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SeattleJeremy
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Re: check engine light

Postby SeattleJeremy » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:52 pm

Hey Frosty,
Someone at the dealer already called the Vibe a Lemon. That makes me think they don't want your business. Also, the dealer will charge you 50% more than anywhere else.

Try to write down everything that is wrong with the car. Then take that list to a local mechanic. Have them inspect your car, tell them about your concerns, and work together to prioritize repairs. Here are a few highlights I've read so far.
  • High idle
  • Engine stalls out randomly
  • Transmission does not shift properly
  • Automatic headlights do not work
  • Check engine light

Any professional auto mechanic can fix these cars, they are simple to work on, but it's really hard to diagnose issues as extensive as the ones you are having over the internet.
06 Vibe Base - Mono Platinum - Manual

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runningslow
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Re: check engine light

Postby runningslow » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:10 pm

I'll be the echo. Get a code reader or at least get your codes read. They will be key to diagnosing your car's problems. Your car's gas mileage may have actually improved because the car is now in limp mode, a default set a parameters the car uses when its detects an issue.

Issues like you're reporting are hard to diagnose via the internet. We need some more data to work with.
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frostyvibegt
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Re: check engine light

Postby frostyvibegt » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:19 pm

SeattleJeremy wrote:Hey Frosty,
Someone at the dealer already called the Vibe a Lemon. That makes me think they don't want your business. Also, the dealer will charge you 50% more than anywhere else.

Try to write down everything that is wrong with the car. Then take that list to a local mechanic. Have them inspect your car, tell them about your concerns, and work together to prioritize repairs. Here are a few highlights I've read so far.
  • High idle
  • Engine stalls out randomly
  • Transmission does not shift properly
  • Automatic headlights do not work
  • Check engine light

Any professional auto mechanic can fix these cars, they are simple to work on, but it's really hard to diagnose issues as extensive as the ones you are having over the internet.


If i wrote down everything wrong with that car i would owe them like 6000

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SeattleJeremy
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Re: check engine light

Postby SeattleJeremy » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:29 pm

frostyvibegt wrote:If i wrote down everything wrong with that car i would owe them like 6000

How about fixing the things needed to use the car?

I don't know dude, maybe it's not worth actually fixing. It's certainly not worth investing over $5k to fix a car with 700k+ miles on it.
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