Update: starsky's car/ cannot reply


#1

Finally got plugs & wires put in/on. Last (copper) plug broke off, so had to go to Wal-Mart for another one, did not have Champion copper , so bought a Platinum. So theres 5 copper, and one Platinum. Hope that doesn’t pose a problem. Took for a spin, drove great;CEL is not flashing, but IS ON. Mechanic told me it would probably go off, but if still on tomorrow, to call him. He said that a flashing CEL is a problem, but it just being ON is not. I’m not a mechanic, but I’m not sure that I believe that. I haven’t driven it enough to notice a burning smell or not. Will do light driving tomorrow and will keep my nostrils open. I sincerely appreciate all of your help. (I was a little hesitant to post any more questions, because I kept getting chastised for not continuing on the original thread. So please understand this is the only way that this website is allowing me to post anything. I have reported the problem to tech. They weren’t working this weekend. When I tried to reply on original post, or any other one, ERROR kept popping up, and I just simply could not reply. I have no problem finding any of my postings, but when I click on reply, it simply DOES NOT WORK. I sincerely appreciate your patience.)


#2

Don’t tell the engine that one spark plug is platinum, and it’ll never know.
It can take 40 to 80 “drive cycles” for the check engine light to turn off. Why not get it turned off? Until you do, you don’t know if the problem is fixed, or not.


#3

Your mechanic is right, a CEL just being on is usually not an emergency or serious problem. A flashing CEL is when you want to turn off the car right away and have it towed to your mechanic. But I agree with hellokit, I’d get it turned off so you can find out sooner if the problem is fixed.


#4

They are right in that you should get the CEL turned off.

While it is on, you’ll never be warned if something else fails.