My Mazda Miata failed the smog test. Which I don't understand because in the report shows that pass everything except for the VISUAL Inspection, Malfunction indicator light.
About a month ago I noticed that I had a red light
indicating " Check engine". In the past it used to happen when I didn't close the gasoline gasket, so I closed the gasket really hard. But still the light was there. So my question is: what do I have to do to get rid of that light and pass the smog test.
My odometer reading is 39322.
When the check engine light on my 2002 Mazda Tribute wouldn't go away after tighting the gas cap several times and following the owner's manual instructions on how to get it to reset we had to take it back to the dealership (was still under warranty). We were told by the dealership that the gas cap itself needed replaced. The cap was approx. $100. Two weeks later the light reappeared, so back to the dealership and then they indicated it was some emissions sensor. I wasn't going to pay another $100 since they obviously didn't check everything out the first time around and they ended up eating the $100 deductible for the sensor replacement.
May, 5, 2006 AT 6:14 AM
you are going to have to get the engine light turned off at a shop or dealership. Although a 'loose' gas cap might have been the initial cause of the engine light, tightening it will NOT turn off the light. There is NO gas cap tightness sensor.
A quick corse on engine lights: 1. Most of the time when engine lights come on its when the PCM (computer) has seen a 'fault' occur more than three times in a specific amount of time.
2. After a set specific amount of time after the PCM turns on the light, if the computer has not seen that 'fault' again, it will shut OFF the engine light BUT the fault code is still stored in the PCM for retieval by a tech.
3. On Mazda's there is nothing the consumer can do to turn off the engine light in the way of key cycle's or gas pedal depressions. THe two ways are scan tool (duhh!) And disconnecting the battery (but beware you will loose all of your radio stations and the PCM and TCM have to re-learn your driving habits)
So in closing, I would get you car to a shop to get the engine light checked out since your light comes on and off, this indicates that the PCM is seeing a fault occur every once and awhile.