Resetting Emission Control

Tiny
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I just had my 2002 CRV (77000 miles) repaired by a local repair shop. They repaired "code #1290" with a part they obtained from the local dealer. However, when I picked up the car, I was told that they were unable to reset code #1166 and Code 1167 because only the dealer can do it.

I would like to know what each of these codes refers to. I would also like to know what is reasonable to expect to pay the have the reset done. It is hard to imagine that it can take more than 5 minutes, but the dealer wants $73 to do it.

I'm sure it is too much to hope for, but is there any way to get around taking it to the dealer?
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Monday, July 23rd, 2007 AT 9:04 PM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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I could reset for free and many others could as well, but I suspect that it will keep coming back. It refers to the O2 sensor #1.
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Thursday, July 26th, 2007 AT 9:10 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, Bruce for your response. Please help me understand, however. What refers to the O2 sensor? 1290, 1166, or 1167? Another Honda tech says he doesn't know what 1290 is - I wonder how he could not know.

You say it might keep coming back - that implies to me that something was not done correctly. If the repair shop goes to the dealer with the code their scanner brings up, and the dealer sells them the part to make the repair, and they install the genuine Honda part, what might have been done incorrectly?

The repair shop is highly recommended, and has given us good service for years, so I'm inclined to think they have not made a mistake.

Also, are you implying that even if I pay the dealer to reset the system, the problem will still return?
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Thursday, July 26th, 2007 AT 3:51 PM
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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1166 and 1167 point to the o2 sensor. I would want to know if they are real. I would clear the computer and let it pick up the codes again. See if the 1290 comes back as well.

How does the car run?

You can have the codes read at Autozone for free. There are others as well that do it. A reader can be purchased for as little as $30.
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Thursday, July 26th, 2007 AT 4:15 PM
Tiny
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Bruce,

You want to "know if they are real." I assume you want to know if these are codes that came up AFTER the 1290 part was replaced. I also assume that to "clear the computer" without going to the dealer and paying $73, I would need to disconnect the battery for a while, reconnect the battery, and then go to Autozone or similar place and have the codes reread.

If this is what you mean, I'll do it and see what happens. If the check engine light comes back on, I'll report back here with the codes - OK?

Oh, yes, the car runs fine - no detectable change in its operation even before the repair was done.
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Sunday, July 29th, 2007 AT 9:44 PM

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