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Check Engine Light Diagnostic Assistant

Check Engine Light Diagnostic Assistant

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This document was created to assist in the diagnosis and repair of check engine light issues.
When the check engine light is on, it means the vehicle is potentially emitting excessive emissions and on board diagnostic codes, or OBD or OBD II codes stored in the engine control module will need to be read out by a mechanic and diagnosed. Providing this information will save you, the service adviser and the mechanic time in addressing this problem. That will save you money as well!
This document was created to assist in the diagnosis and repair of check engine light issues.
When the check engine light is on, it means the vehicle is potentially emitting excessive emissions and on board diagnostic codes, or OBD or OBD II codes stored in the engine control module will need to be read out by a mechanic and diagnosed. Providing this information will save you, the service adviser and the mechanic time in addressing this problem. That will save you money as well!

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Check Engine Light Diagnostic Assistant

Brand/Make ____________________ Model ____________________ Year ___________ Engine ______________ Transmission _____________ Mileage _______________ o Use this to provide crucial information to assist in the diagnosis and repair of your vehicle when the
Check Engine Light comes on

o This applies to the “Check Engine Light”, “Service Engine Soon Light” or any other emissions
warning light depending on the type of vehicle

o We highly recommend printing this document, filling it out as thoroughly as possible and taking it to
the repair shop when having this issue addressed
a)

Have you had any other work performed on your vehicle recently?
Circle one - Yes Trouble codes: If yes, explain: No

b) Has the vehicle been inspected or repairs made for this problem?
Circle one - Yes Trouble codes: If yes, explain: No

c) When the Check Engine Light comes on, does the performance of the vehicle change in any way? (examples: rough idle, poor acceleration, engine dies, hard
starting, no start, smoke from exhaust etc.)

Circle : Yes

No

If yes, explain:

d) How long has the Check Engine Light been on?

e) Does the Check Engine Light is:
Circle : Other: on all the time comes on and goes off randomly flashes

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f) How was the vehicle being operated when the Check Engine Light came on, i.e. did you just start it, during warm up, idling at a stop sign, accelerating, freeway driving or after filling up with gas etc? explain:

g) Is your vehicle still under an emissions warranty?* Yes No
*Check with your owners manual or call the dealership for warranty information *If your vehicle is still under emissions warranty, take it to the dealer. There should be no charge to diagnose and repair a Check Engine Light problem

h) Have you experienced any warning lights on or flashing lights?
Circle one - Yes No

If yes, describe which light is on:

Is the light currently on or flashing?
Circle one - Yes No

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