Monday, June 2, 2014
Money Saving Tip Of The Week
I was lamenting taking it in for a diagnostic check as most shops will charge $50-$70 just to plug the code reader in and get a reading. You've all had this done and you know it takes 30 seconds of labor. Even if they bought the premium code reader, they paid $179 at most. So they've paid for that baby many times over. This service is a complete rip off. Well, I'm here to assist all of you with the solution next time your Service Engine or Check Engine light comes on.
Our new friends told us that Autozone will read your code for free. Mrs. Grumpy ran her car up early Sunday morning and sure enough they did a free scan. They got the code that was causing the light to stay on, but didn't have anything to decipher that code on a Nissan. That folks is why God invented the internet. I Googled the year, make, model and code and up comes pages of info. All explained what the code could mean, but I had to dig a little to find someone who actually could recommend a solution. Remove three caps on the side of the dash panel, tighten the three exposed 12mm bolts and snap the caps back on. BOOM! Start the engine and the light is gone. I won't go into the boring details of what was causing the problem; I just know that it's fixed. By me at no cost.
So before you pay for diagnostics, remember that with Autozone and Google you may be a few minutes from an easy fix.