"Check Engine" Light on a Pre ODB II Car

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  1. WillG

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    My fiancee had a check engine light come on on her '95 Maxima. Took it to Auto Zone to have it checked but since it is a '95 it is Pre ODB II and Auto Zone was unable to check it out. Does anyone know where I might be able to get it checked out without having to go to the dealership and get robbed by them the check the diagnostic?
     
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    To me a $85-95 dealer diagnostic check is the way to go. Any symptoms?
     
  3. WillG

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    Nothing that is obvious. That's why I don't want to pay close to $100 to find out it was nothing.

    I did check the gas cap as well, so I don't think that is the problem.
     
  4. Scott L

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    Check out Maxima.org

    Same happened on my 96 Maxima. There's a pattern of switches you trigger and then check engine light flashes a number or times, indicating one or multiple 4-digit codes.

    Turned out to be my knock sensor. Bought a new OEM one on ebay for the price of a full diagnostic from a mechanic. Did the labor myself too. Knock sensor is a common problem on our cars after 10 years, and unfortunately it's a pita to change. I & many others still have the scar on our hands to prove it. [​IMG]
     
  5. WillG

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    Thanks Scott
     
  6. Bob Graz

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    Autozone should have been able to read it. I have a 94 Mercury Sable, took it to Autozone a year or so and they read it. Took it back a couple months ago and a different person told me they couldn't read it. I found the guy who read it the first time and he got the code reader and read it. It's not always easy to diagnose to a part just reading a code though.
     
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    No prob [​IMG] Problem should be minor, hope it's easy enough to take care of
     

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