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Check Engine Light?

Sorry if this is a duplicate. I searched but found no post on this. Anyway, my yellow engine shaped "malfunction indicator lamp" came on recently. It stays on. I disconnected the battery and after reconnecting it still stays on. The manual says it has to do with emissions. My last car, an Escort had that light come on and I never did anything about it. It was on for years until I sold the car. Do I need to worry about this or race down to the Mechanic? I replaced the battery a couple of weeks before it came on the first time. Any ideas? thanks!
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You can go to most any auto parts store and have them read the engine codes for you then decide from there what you want to do.

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Yeah, check engine could be over 30 different things, simple issues or major issues. A scanner to read the codes is a good start. Sometimes you need to disconnect the battery for over a minute to clear the code, and if it does, it has some good chances to show up just miles after you reset it.
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When you get the code, write it down, tell it to us.

What you driving...Where are you ? If you're in Canada you may want to just BUY a code reader since there aren't many places that do it for free.

Now that you've disconnected the battery you should probably redo your idle learn procedure, or your mileage may go down the toilet, but then again, it may get better.


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Thanks for all the replies. I did go to an auto parts store. Got the reader and it said "knock sensor circuit 1 bank 1" not necessarily in that order. The guy there knew what it was, and I got the new part. Now, where does it go? He said it is on the engine somewhere. And easy to replace. Just screw it in. The number 1 implies to me that there are more than one sensor, and more than one place that they go. Is there a manual or diagram online that will tell me where to find the one that needs to be replaced? Again, THANKS!
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Did it clear or reset the error or check engine light at least temporarily?
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Did it clear or reset the error or check engine light at least temporarily?
Uh, no I don't think it did. I never noticed that the light was off while I was driving after that.
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Did you write the CODE down? The interpretation could be (often) incorrect.

Excellent HONDA parts diagrams and part numbers can be found at various online parts suppliers. www.hondapartsdeals.com is just one of them that has good diagrams. It's a good site to BOOKMARK.

Those parts diagrams are almost as handy as owning the (expensive) service manual, and it's FREE.
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Thanks for all the replies. I did go to an auto parts store. Got the reader and it said "knock sensor circuit 1 bank 1" not necessarily in that order. The guy there knew what it was, and I got the new part. Now, where does it go? He said it is on the engine somewhere. And easy to replace. Just screw it in. The number 1 implies to me that there are more than one sensor, and more than one place that they go. Is there a manual or diagram online that will tell me where to find the one that needs to be replaced? Again, THANKS!
Ugh. It bugs me when these minimum-wage cashiers read a keyword off a scan tool and sell people a part then refuse to refund it if it doesn't fix the problem. It's extremely rare that a knock sensor would be bad. It has no moving parts to wear out and is not exposed to engine fluids. It's essentially a microphone that listens to frequencies that are associated with detonation (pinging, knocking). If this is the correct code description, notice the definition is knock sensor circuit, not knock sensor. Although it's possible it's the sensor itself, I would suspect a wiring issue before I would suspect the sensor. You can "rent" access to the Honda or aftermarket service manuals or you can purchase the read thing through Helm. It might would have already paid for itself by the time you get done spending hours throwing parts at this issue.

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