While driving check engine light turned on?

Tiny
RASMATAZ
  • EXPERT
Could be your gas cap

Check engine light coming on

Have the computer scanned for code/s-you have a problem within the engine management system that caused the CEL to turn on-This is your starting point of diagnosis, finding out what's going on.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KNMROGERS
  • MEMBER
  • 2002 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
Four cylinder two wheel drive automatic 55,565 miles.

My service engine light came on yesterday. I had checked all of the fluids earlier in the day and filled up with gas. But the engine light did not come on until later when I went some where. Some one told me to take it to AutoZone and let them put the tester on it and check it, which they did and the said it was due to the gas lid, which we had already taken out and put back on. So we did it again, and the light still did not or is not going off. Does it need to be reset, or can you reset it? Any suggestions?

Thank you
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
  • EXPERT
Unfortunately, if the light came back on then you have a leak in the EVAP system of your car and needs to be checked out. Your car will not run any different but it will not pass emissions test if your state requires one.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
+3
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KNMROGERS
  • MEMBER
Mastertechtim,

The light never went off, even after taking the gas cap off and re-tightening it, the light stayed on and has not gone off. Do you think starting the engine while pumping the gas would have anything to do to mess up the evac, because we did that on accident? So can the button be reset?

Thank you.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
  • EXPERT
No, I do not think you caused it by starting it. Why did Autozone not shut the light off for you? You need that scan tool they have to turn it off.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
NATUREBOY
  • MEMBER
A lot of Autozone employees are rookies anyway and do not know what they are doing anyway. To re-set the check engine light, take off the battery cable press the brakes three times and put the cable back on. It will reset the light.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
+6
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
07GIXER2
  • MEMBER
  • 2002 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 67,000 MILES
I used a scanner from a local parts store and it said "catalyst system efficiency below threshold". Could you tell me what this means?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
  • EXPERT
I have never heard of that method.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
  • EXPERT
Could mean a problem with oxygen sensors/catalytic converter and exhaust leak-To catch this problem get the exhaust gas sampled
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
+1
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
OCTAV
  • MEMBER
Please let me know if you found the root cause of the service engine light on and what would be the solution to fix the problem because I deal with a similar issue.
Thanks
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
+1
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MATANTO SUSTAITA
  • MEMBER
  • 2002 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 1,035,000 MILES
My car takes awhile to start when turning on while motor is cold it cracks but that’s it when I finally get it to start it studders but once it’s warm I can turn off/on no problems does anyone have any idea what it could be? Also there is no check engine light
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
Hi and thanks for using 2carpros.com

Based on your description, it sounds like a weak fuel pump or other fuel related issue. What may be happening is this. After sitting, fuel pressure drops off and then takes a few seconds to rebuild to start the engine.

What I want you to try is this:

1) Turn the key from the off to run position (not start) and count to 3
2) Turn the key off and repeat step 1 three more times.
3) After doing this, see if it starts normally

Let me know what happens. If it does start normally, it is a fuel pressure issue. Here is a link that shows in general how to check fuel pressure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

Here are the directions specific to your vehicle for testing pressure. The pressure specifications are included in the directions. Also, the attached pictures correlate with these directions.

____________________________

COMPONENT TESTS AND GENERAL DIAGNOSTICS

Pic 1

Required Special Tools:
- MB991502: Scan Tool (MUT-II)
- MB991637: Fuel Pressure Gauge Set
- MD998709: Adaptor Hose
- MD998742: Hose Adaptor

1. Release residual pressure from the fuel line to prevent fuel spray.

WARNING: To prevent a fire, cover the hose connection with shop towels to prevent splashing of fuel that could be caused by some residual pressure in the fuel pipe line.

2. Disconnect the high-pressure fuel hose at the fuel rail side.
3. Assemble the fuel pressure measurement tools as follows.

Pic 2

1. Remove the union joint and bolt from special tool
MD998709 (adaptor hose) and instead attach special tool
MD998742 (hose adaptor) to the adaptor hose.

2. Place a suitable O-ring or gasket on assembled special tools MD998709 and MD998742 and install the fuel pressure gauge.
3. Install the assembled fuel pressure measurement tools between the fuel rail and high-pressure fuel hose.

Pic 3

1. Remove the union joint and bolt from special tool MD998709 (adaptor hose) and instead attach special tool MD998742 (hose adaptor) to the adaptor hose.
2. Install special tool MB991637 (fuel pressure gauge set) to assembled special tools MD998709 and MD998742 via a gasket.
3. Install the assembled fuel pressure measurement tools between the fuel rail and the high-pressure fuel hose.

Pic 4

CAUTION: To prevent damage to scan tool MB991502, always turn the ignition switch to the "LOCK" (OFF) position before connecting or disconnecting scan tool MB991502.

4. Connect scan tool MB991502 to the data link connector.
5. Use the Actuator test 07 to drive the fuel pump. Check that there is no fuel leaking from any section when the fuel pump is operating.
6. Stop the fuel pump.
7. Start the engine and run at idle.
8. Measure fuel pressure while the engine is running at idle.

Standard value: Approximately 270 kPa (38 psi) at curb idle

Pic 5

9. Disconnect the vacuum hose from the fuel pressure regulator and measure fuel pressure with the hose end closed with your finger.

Standard value: 330 - 350 kPa (47 - 50 psi) at curb idle

10. Check to see that fuel pressure at idle does not drop even after the engine has been revved several times.
11. Revving the engine repeatedly, hold the fuel return hose lightly with your fingers to feel that fuel pressure is present in the return hose.

NOTE: If the fuel flow rate is low, there will be no fuel pressure in the return hose.

Pic 6

12. If any of fuel pressure measured in steps 10 to 13 is out of specification, troubleshoot and repair according to the table.

Pic 7

13. Stop the engine and observe fuel pressure gauge reading. It is normal if the reading does not drop within two minutes. If it does, observe the rate of drop and troubleshoot and repair according to the table. Start, then stop the engine.
1. Squeeze the fuel return line closed to confirm leak-down occurs from defective fuel pressure regulator.
2. Squeeze the fuel supply line closed to confirm leak-down occurs from defective fuel pump check valve.
3. If pressure continues to drop with both fuel lines squeezed closed, injector(s) are leaking.

Pic 8

14. Release residual pressure from the fuel pipe line.

WARNING: Cover the hose connection with shop towels to prevent splash of fuel that could be caused by some residual pressure in the fuel pipe line.

15. Remove the fuel pressure gauge, and special tools MD998709 and MD998742 from the fuel rail.
16. Replace the O-ring at the end of the high-pressure fuel hose with a new one.
17. Fit the high-pressure fuel hose into the fuel rail and tighten the bolts to specified torque.

Tightening torque: 4.9 1.0 (44 8 in-lb)

18. Check for fuel leaks.
1. Use scan tool MB991502 to operate the fuel pump.
2. Check the fuel line for leaks, and repair as needed.

19. Disconnect scan tool MB991502.

________________________________

Test this and let me know the results. If you have other questions or need help, let me know.

Take care,
Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FUHULAGIRL
  • MEMBER
  • 2002 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 110,000 MILES
So, my check engine light came on a few weeks ago, and I didn't notice anything wrong, but now sometimes my car like stutters, like it's going to stall, when i'm driving normally, it's usally in second gear, or going up a hill. It just shakes, and has issues shifting. I dont really know how else to explain it, any idea?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MITSULUVER
  • MEMBER
Take it to auto zone and get a free scan
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)
Tiny
UNSEENCLASS
  • MEMBER
Your problem could be a cylinder misfire which has happened to me. All I had to do to fix the problem was change my spark plugs.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 AT 2:47 PM (Merged)

Please login or register to post a reply.

Sponsored links