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Old 06-19-2011, 11:02 PM   #15
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Hi: All...Why is it when I try to repair something on the cheep it always ends up costing me mucho money???
At the moment I'm having gas cap problems with my new truck. I think the grain alcohol in the gas is making the truck belch...loosening the cap!!! I've seen the "Light" many times.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:52 AM   #16
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Alf,
when you put your gas cap back on make sure you tighten it so it clicks three times.

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Hi: All...Why is it when I try to repair something on the cheep it always ends up costing me mucho money???
At the moment I'm having gas cap problems with my new truck. I think the grain alcohol in the gas is making the truck belch...loosening the cap!!! I've seen the "Light" many times.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:59 AM   #17
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Hi: All...Why is it when I try to repair something on the cheep it always ends up costing me mucho money???
At the moment I'm having gas cap problems with my new truck. I think the grain alcohol in the gas is making the truck belch...loosening the cap!!! I've seen the "Light" many times.
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hey Alf.......throw a couple Beano in the tank!
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:30 PM   #18
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An ODB reader can be a great tool. We keep an older one in our Ford Ranger TV and a more modern ODB II/ECR unit in my shop. They can help you pinpoint certain problems, but they're not a panacea. A "misfire on cylinder 1," could, for example, be caused by a loose spark plug wire, fouled plugs, or a bad capacitor in the ignition circuit, amongst a host of other causes, and knowing your transmission is overheated is one thing, knowing why is another. You still need a mechanic's eye, ear, and experience to find the problem. I've done a lot of mechanicing, but it's not my profession, so I still miss things. For me the ODB reader is a win some/loose some proposition.

This was highlighted a few months back. I forget the code, but our Santa Fe was acting up, accelerating and decelerating randomly without our changing the accelerator pedal position; the ODB reader code was for something like a "throttle position out of range" code. When I went online I found the most obvious reason for such a code was the throttle position sensor wearing out, so I replaced it for $50 or so,and the problem went away.

For a while. Then it came back. I took it to our mechanic, and he found a frayed cruise control throttle cable. The throttle position sensor had nothing to do with our problem at all.

The reason why the code went away? The car stores recent throttle position information in memory and uses it and other information to calculate how much fuel to send through the fuel injectors. When I disconnected the battery, the historical information was lost, so the faulty readings had been erased and the anomalous data hadn't yet reappeared. Then the cruise control cable hung up again for a moment, the erroneous data re-appeared and the problem recurred.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:37 PM   #19
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Hi: All...Why is it when I try to repair something on the cheep it always ends up costing me mucho money???
At the moment I'm having gas cap problems with my new truck. I think the grain alcohol in the gas is making the truck belch...loosening the cap!!! I've seen the "Light" many times.
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
I had an unidentified "gross leak" in my TV's evaporative emissions system a while back. Usually that's due to a loose or aging gas cap, but it turned out that there was an actual hole in the vapor return line where some frame attachments had been welded on for our 5th-wheel hitch.
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Good info Peter. When I went online with my code, it showed 3 possible solutions to the code. The main one was the oxygen sensor, one I can't remember, and another was that the main computer could be out. That would be lots of money, so I replaced the sensor. If it was the computer, I figured if I brought it in to VW they would have replaced the oxygen sensor, then a week latter when the engine light went out again they would have tried something else. I don't think they would spent the time to test any sensor.
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