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Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:11 AM

Power 2 The People - Right On!

So, my wife came back from a shopping trip and said, "There's a light on in the car on the dashboard. It looks like a submarine!"

Well, I guess the Check Engine Light might look like a submarine to someone who has never in her life seen a car engine. Oh, well.

I responded, "Oh Damn!"

Then I took my wife's iPhone out to the car, opened the app that can see the dongle plugged into our Kia Soul's OBD-II diagnostic port. She doesn't remember, but she gave me one of those dongles last Christmas, and I plugged it in and downloaded the app onto her phone.

Once the app connected to the dongle, via Bluetooth, it asked me to start the engine. I did. The app then told me that there was an issue with the car's evaporative emission system and indicated that was the only problem. Hmm...I asked my wife if she had recently gassed up the car. "Yes," she said. "Yesterday."

So, I removed and replaced the gas cap, turning it hard enough to hear a click, which my dear wife never does. Now, after driving for about 30 miles, the check engine light will go off.

No trip to the dealer or anywhere is needed, as would be if I did not have that dongle and app. The problem isn't critical, anyhow, and could have waited until I gassed up the car and tightened the gas cap adequately, which my wife never does. But, I've already retightened it, so the light will go off.

The app can reset the check engine light sometimes, but not for emissions issues.

Anyhow, those OBD-II dongles and apps are well worth what they cost, which isn't all that much. If you use them, they'll often save you a costly trip to the repair shop if you understand cars at all. Even if you don't, you can always look up the error code on the Internet and learn what to do. If you're handy, you can even fix most problems yourself. If you're lucky, all you'll have to do is tighten the gas cap properly, which my wife never does.

I recommend those dongles. Technology has its benefits. Despite all efforts to keep us ignorant of the workings our our vehicles, clever vendors have created tools that let us bypass the need to visit dealer service departments every time a light comes on on our dash. We don't have to be slaves to the car companies and their dealerships.

Note: I have explained the gas cap thing to my wonderful wife, but she says it is "too hard" to turn it until it clicks. Oh, well. That's why I usually gas up the car, I guess.

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MineralMan Mar 19 OP
Ohiogal Mar 19 #1
MineralMan Mar 19 #3
Power 2 the People Mar 19 #2
MineralMan Mar 19 #4
Power 2 the People Mar 19 #5
dlk Mar 19 #6
MineralMan Mar 19 #7

Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:16 AM

1. Those phone apps

that determine the cause of your "check engine light" are wonderful! My husband and sons use them all the time. Since nowadays the "check engine light" on cars seems to come on even if you look at the car funny. Methinks the dealership wants to make some money off you for many visits to their repair shop.

Gas cap, I'm sorry, but maybe your wife doesn't like to stop at the gas station so that's her way of getting you to do it???? Has never been a problem on my Corolla.....

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:21 AM

3. Well, I usually do the gas station thing.

Actually, though, the gas cap on that KIA takes a pretty firm twist to make it click. If you don't, the light will come on. There are other issues that could cause an evaporative emissions system error code, but that's the usual one on most cars.

You're right, though, about those apps and dongles. They are a wonderful piece of technology hardware. Actually, the app would also have told me that it could be the gas cap, but I knew that already, so I didn't investigate further.

I'm just teasing my wife a little. She'll probably see this later today, so...

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:21 AM

2. Right On!!

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Response to Power 2 the People (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:22 AM

4. Aha! There you are!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:24 AM

5. LOL

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:38 AM

6. Thanks for Sharing the Useful Info

Anything to save $$$. Cars are so expensive to maintain

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Response to dlk (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:43 AM

7. You can buy such a device for under $20 or as much as $60.

It plugs into a socket inside your car, typically under the dashboard. Apps are available for those tools for iPhones and Android devices. Normally, when you buy the dongle, you can download the app for no charge. Cool stuff!

Just search for OBD-II Scan Tool on Google Shopping. There are a number of them. I have only tried one, so I can't do a comparison review. My wife bought me the FIXD unit, which works fine, but it's one of the most expensive of those things. I'm sure the others work well, too.

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