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Old 07-05-2005, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 92 325i. While i was making a left hand turn the check engine light came on. I am wondering if it could be that my coolant is low. Could the check engine light be on becuase of low coolant?
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Actually it could be on for a few different reasons. Do you have a tool to check waht the problem is? If not I think places like Autozone, pep boys will do it for free?
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advanced auto parts will do it and for free

i just had it done today!
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Since your car is a 92 you can read the codes directly from the car. Go to ultimate-bmw.com and look for the fault codes DIY. THe check engine light will not go on because of coolant tho. The check engine light is an emissions related fault. 9 times out of 10 a check engine light means O2 sensor. There are many other reasons it would come on, but O2 sensor is most common..
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could be many reasons why your check engine light came on. A month ago my check engine light came on because my gas cap was only 3/4ths of the way on.
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Old 07-06-2005, 05:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. Im a new owner of this car so im still learning about them. Definetly will check out advanced auto parts. Im sure you will be hearing from me again.
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i have the same car... when my coolant was low, the obd gave me an error saying that coolant was low... have autozone read the code for you for free...
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Since your car is a 92 you can read the codes directly from the car. Go to ultimate-bmw.com and look for the fault codes DIY.
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Also he may not have the 18 button OBC. In that case he wont have a "check" feature that tells the coolant is low..
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Since your car is a 92 you can read the codes directly from the car. Go to ultimate-bmw.com and look for the fault codes DIY. THe check engine light will not go on because of coolant tho. The check engine light is an emissions related fault. 9 times out of 10 a check engine light means O2 sensor. There are many other reasons it would come on, but O2 sensor is most common..
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You sure about this? My check engine light came on yesterday, and the OBC read "Washer Fluid Low". But it only came on momentarily. The check control cleared up once I added more fluid. But it happened as I was making a turn, so this could be the original poster's problem. The fluid was right at the fill mark, so turning caused the sensor to trigger.
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Most Autozones and Advance Auto Parts will not read codes for OBD-1 cars only OBD-2.
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Originally posted by Dudesky_E36+Jul 20 2005, 04:46 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Dudesky_E36 @ Jul 20 2005, 04:46 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-93 325i@Jul 6 2005, 07:46 AM
Since your car is a 92 you can read the codes directly from the car. Go to ultimate-bmw.com and look for the fault codes DIY. THe check engine light will not go on because of coolant tho. The check engine light is an emissions related fault. 9 times out of 10 a check engine light means O2 sensor. There are many other reasons it would come on, but O2 sensor is most common..
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You sure about this? My check engine light came on yesterday, and the OBC read "Washer Fluid Low". But it only came on momentarily. The check control cleared up once I added more fluid. But it happened as I was making a turn, so this could be the original poster's problem. The fluid was right at the fill mark, so turning caused the sensor to trigger.
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The light you are refering to is not the CHECK ENGINE light. You are talking about the CHECK light. This yellow light informs you that there is a fault on your OBC. The CHECK ENGINE light is red and has nothing to do with your OBC.. Again, there are two seperate lights..a yellow CHECK light and a red CHECK ENGINE light..
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The light you are refering to is not the CHECK ENGINE light. You are talking about the CHECK light.
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Your computer should give you an explanation if you press CHECK button, if its your coolant level, it should say so.
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Originally posted by Dudesky_E36+Jul 20 2005, 03:46 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Dudesky_E36 @ Jul 20 2005, 03:46 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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Since your car is a 92 you can read the codes directly from the car. Go to ultimate-bmw.com and look for the fault codes DIY. THe check engine light will not go on because of coolant tho. The check engine light is an emissions related fault. 9 times out of 10 a check engine light means O2 sensor. There are many other reasons it would come on, but O2 sensor is most common..
[snapback]360035[/snapback]
You sure about this? My check engine light came on yesterday, and the OBC read "Washer Fluid Low". But it only came on momentarily. The check control cleared up once I added more fluid. But it happened as I was making a turn, so this could be the original poster's problem. The fluid was right at the fill mark, so turning caused the sensor to trigger.
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i swear we have the same car, mine did this exact same thing the other day!


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Since your car is a 92 you can read the codes directly from the car. Go to ultimate-bmw.com and look for the fault codes DIY. THe check engine light will not go on because of coolant tho. The check engine light is an emissions related fault. 9 times out of 10 a check engine light means O2 sensor. There are many other reasons it would come on, but O2 sensor is most common..
[snapback]360035[/snapback]

You sure about this? My check engine light came on yesterday, and the OBC read "Washer Fluid Low". But it only came on momentarily. The check control cleared up once I added more fluid. But it happened as I was making a turn, so this could be the original poster's problem. The fluid was right at the fill mark, so turning caused the sensor to trigger.
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The light you are refering to is not the CHECK ENGINE light. You are talking about the CHECK light. This yellow light informs you that there is a fault on your OBC. The CHECK ENGINE light is red and has nothing to do with your OBC.. Again, there are two seperate lights..a yellow CHECK light and a red CHECK ENGINE light..
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ok let me try to get this right:

Yellow: little problems like water level low, break light failure etc
Red: bigger engine probs, o2 sensor...etc

right or wrong?

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