Monday, June 2, 2014

Money Saving Tip Of The Week

So last Friday we were having lunch at Katharina's, our new favorite hangout in Newport, with our new friends who were strangers until we shared a table a few weeks ago.  We now have a standing Friday lunch date, so I guess they like us even though we're old enough to be their parents.  We mentioned that Mrs. Grumpy's "Service Engine Soon" light had come on and was not going away.   Many times this can be caused by not tightening the gas cap properly.  But I had already checked that and the light stayed on.  I also disconnected the negative terminal of the battery in hopes the light would re-set, but that didn't happen either.

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.


The Big Guy said...

New friends, huh? Old enough to be their parents, huh? I would refer you to the lyrics of Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan. Google that!

GMoney said...

I'm glad that I wasn't the only to notice the name drop of his new BFFs that had nothing to do with the point of the story.

By the way, this is the first bit of good advice you've ever dispensed here!

Grumpy said...

I read the lyrics, five times. Don't get the connection.

The new BFFs told us about the Autozone deal; had everything to do with the story.

kden said...

Tony has done that lots of times, gone to an auto place to get a code. Although it's usually something he can't fix, at least he knows what the problem is when he takes it in.