2000 CRV "Check Engine" light

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by Clyde, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Clyde

    Clyde Guest

    My 2000 CRV has just under 58800 miles on it. The "Check Engine" indicator
    came on yesterday. My owner's manual has apparently evaporated.

    Does this light come on when it is time to loosen the owner up a bit so
    he/she will be more willing to bend over and let Honda do the 60,000 mile
    service package?

    Can someone please list the malfunctions that can cause this indicator to
    come on?

    What do I do to reset the indicator to normal "off"?

    Thanks in advance!
    Clyde, Dec 3, 2006
  2. Clyde

    Woody Guest

    There are hundreds of possible causes so go to an Autozone or some other
    parts store that will read the codes and let us know what it is. First make
    sure your gas cap is tight Something as simple as leaving it loose will set
    a code.
    Woody, Dec 3, 2006
  3. The owner's manual isn't a whole lot of help on this, I'm afraid, but the
    situation is pretty much the same with all cars sold in the US since January
    1996 and some slightly earlier than that. The system that is offended is
    called OBDII (On-Board Diagnostics level 2) and is a required component of
    emissions control.

    First, what the light doesn't mean: it doesn't mean any critical engine
    system has failed, although if the engine or transmission is misbehaving the
    light indicates the ECU has stored codes to provide some information. If the
    car drives normally it is safe to drive it around town, and if the fuel
    consumption didn't suddenly increase the car can also be driven on the
    freeway. (The owner's manual won't tell you that but will tell you to have
    the light checked out immediately.)

    What it does mean: the ECU has stored a code that has to be read with an
    OBDII reader. If you don't want to spend the $100-$200 US for a code reader,
    you can take the car to most major auto parts chains and they will read the
    code(s) for free (in hopes it will point to a part they can sell you). They
    can also try to clear the code(s) with the reader. The code may come back
    immediately, indicating a part has failed hard; it may come back in time,
    indicating the system needed time to gather data to say it was bad; or it
    may not come back at all.

    A common code will point to the "evaporative emission control" system. This
    means there is a leak in the vapor side of the fuel system. In that case,
    get a replacement gas cap and fasten it tightly. Loose or leaky caps are a
    common fault. If it points to an O2 sensor or the catalytic converter, check
    back before taking the plunge.

    When you get the codes, write them down (they will be in the form of
    "P0123") and post them here - without those we are in the dark.

    Michael Pardee, Dec 3, 2006
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