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Old 03-29-2011, 09:57 PM
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Unhappy SoCal Mechanics for Check Engine Light

I just took my Ranger out to the Colorado River this weekend (about 500 mi roundtrip) and the check engine light came on while driving out there. It flashed five times and would periodically do this during the trip there and back. I have roughly 104,000 miles on my Ranger so it it getting to the point where some maintenance will be required and I wanted to address this issue before it becomes a major concern. Can anyone recommend a good mechanic in the Orange County (I live in Mission Viejo) area that would give an honest assessment of the work that needs to be done? Also, I've read in the forums that a check engine auto scanner can be used to retrieve the codes that diagnose the issues with the engine. Is it possible to take my Ranger somewhere and have these codes retrieved so I know what work needs to be done before taking it to a mechanic? Thanks for your help everyone!
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:01 PM
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Default Re: SoCal Mechanics for Check Engine Light

Autozone can scan for free
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:03 PM
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you'd need to find a friend or someone on here who has a code reader unless you want to take it to a shop and pay to have them read/clear the code. auto parts stores used to loan them out but they got sued too many times and dont do it any more. i just had a code pop up today too and just sold my scangaugeII like 2 weeks ago otherwise i could have cleared my code. fail on my part
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:06 PM
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Default Re: SoCal Mechanics for Check Engine Light

Well when i went to autozone, the guy came out with the scan tool, scanned it and told me what was wrong, no fee or anything.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:08 PM
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could be different for you in oregon, but as for us in CA we're SOL
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:09 PM
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Ive never tried in oregon but thats how it is in arizona. But thats lame man
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:12 PM
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you're telling me, this state gets less and less free every day.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:15 PM
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seriously.. i have to drive my truck from prescott,az to bend,oregon on sunday and im going through cali and i hear gas is $4.00?
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:17 PM
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it's over that. i paid 4.15 on sunday.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:19 PM
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damn.. thats going to piss off my wallet.. i need that to buy monsters so i can get home haha
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