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Honda Accord Check Engine Light

Q. Hi. I am having an ongoing problem with my 2004 Honda Accord purchased new in April 2005. The Check Engine Light went on several weeks ago and the service guy thought it was the gas cap. But, it went on again a day or two later. The mechanics have run all the codes and updates. Codes say no problems.

Honda Accord Check Engine Light

Mechanics checked some pins in the computer console yesterday and thought that was it. But, the Check Engine Light came on again! Can you help me? I'm at my wits end.

Thank you in advance of your time,

A. Sharyn, the vehicle is still under warranty so the Dealer has to repair the vehicle. Something is making the Check Engine Light (CEL) come on and when the CEL comes on, a code is stored. Now if, as they say, the light is on and no codes are stored, I would have to guess a bad Powertrain Control Module (PCM).

At this point the best advice I can give you is to do three things. DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT! Keep all your service invoices and make sure detailed descriptions of what was, or wasn't, found and the steps they took to correct or address the problem.

If they can't fix it within a reasonable amount of time and visits, you have recourse under your States Lemon Laws. The extent of which varies by State. You can check your States Lemon Laws on the internet. They may have to either buy back the vehicle or give you an exact replacement for it.

When the Dealer has made the required efforts, as stated by law, to correct the problem, call Honda customer service, the number is in your owners manual, file a complaint and request an appointment with the district representative and he will resolve the situation.

Added 10/28/2005


Just to let you know, it turned out that there was a spider NEST in the line leading to the fuel cannister! Just enough of an obstruction to make the light go on. I had called Honda America and received a case number last week to document (as you had suggested) -- that lit a fire under the local guys and they found the problem thru Honda Tech line. Thank you for your speedy response. I am glad to report a happy ending the this story! But, isn't that something?!?


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