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Old 17-02-2012   #1
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Engine Management Light!

Hey all,
Having a bit of a panic - randomly this evening my engine management light popped on.
Car is a 2007 Panda, and it's a Friday night which means I'm probably screwed re: mechanics et al.
Can anyone offer me any advice or help or just....ideas of what on earth I might have that's wrong?
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Re: Engine Management Light!

It's a MIL, malfunction indicator lamp, not an engine management might as it's not engine specific.

Does the car run ok? If so you'll probably be fine until next week, possibly only a lambda sensor issue or something.
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Re: Engine Management Light!

Yea it seems to be running fine but it was only a 15, 20 minute journey.

I'm paranoid about going out in it just in case!

Will it have to be a dealer I take it to? The one near me is to be honest diabolical, they tried to screw me over for a service a couple of years back so I haven't been back since.

What's the sort of, worst case scenario with this light? I tend to like to know the worst as it were...
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Most back street garages should be able to read the fault code for you so you can avoid the main dealer

Worst case scenario is engine is on its last legs and about to go bang! But that's extremely unlikely like I say if the car is running ok then it's probably just a minor issue
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Ace thank you for the reply.

My usual mechanic doesn't work Saturdays so I rang Warrington Motors...85 + VAT for the diagnostic, the woman on the phone was a bitch and I couldn't even get it checked til Monday AND it would take the full day.

Thieving Bastards.

Rang Halfords, I can take it down whenever I want during the day today, they'll look at it for 50 all included and the man was friendly and helpful.

THIS is why I hate that dealership.
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Halfords? Yikes!
Is the light still on? Often you'll find that stopping the car, switching off, pausing a moment and then restarting will put the light out. If that's whats happened for you then wait 'till Monday and see your regular guy who's probably cheaper again. Often the light is just an advisory and not pointing to something major. try it and see.
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Halfords? Really ....
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Get yourself a fault reader. I got one for 20. they are easy to use, connecting to the OBD socket behind the panel by your right knee when driving (held on with 2 screws). It comes with a pamphlet listing all the codes and the faults they indicate. You can reset the MIL too.

If the car is running fine, really, don't worry. Mine frequently comes on indicating an EGR fault. I reset it now and again but it comes on again, sometimes in about 15minutes, sometimes after 300 miles if I'm going long distance on the motorway. It's been doing it for over 12 months.

You'll have to clear it for MoT test though, since Jan 2012, NO fault lights are allowed, even 'airbag' which used to be an advisory.
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Re: Engine Management Light!

Op you got a android smart phone?


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Android-To...item19c9ec554f



works ok on the cars i have tested it on so far...
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For what is 10-15min hassle free work I think 20 should be all places charge for code reading imo. I know they've overheads etc but I can't see how they justify what they charge imo.
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For what is 10-15min hassle free work I think 20 should be all places charge for code reading imo. I know they've overheads etc but I can't see how they justify what they charge imo.
Even more so when you consider that they're quite likely to get some additional work out of the repair.

50 to read a fault code is way too much .
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Depends what you are paying for, if you are just paying for a code read, what good is that to a member of the public? Fault codes can be misleading, interpreting the codes and parameters available is where the technical knowledge is priceless. A fault code reader in the hands of Joe Public can be much more expensive in the long run, than an experts charge.
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Re: Engine Management Light!

Hello there,
Just seen this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Android-To...item19c9ec554f). Do you know if it will work on an 07 MJ Panda, please? It is not listed, and I don't know about the OBD bit. I will have to get a manual. Do you know if the manuals cover fault code testing? I just don't want to do any damage. My poor car is on it's second engine and body ecus due to someone messing up fitting a tow bar! (I didn't have to pay for it).
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Well, you should have started your own thread rather than jumping on somebody else's, but the link you posted is for an item which has been removed. What's wrong with the one put up by Andy Monty which definitely will work for you?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Android-To...item19c9ec554f


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