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Old August 7th 06, 12:39 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
W. Kiernan
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

wrote:
>
> I have a 1999 Mazda Miata. The check engine light came on
> and stays on. It's been a year and 8 months since the oil
> was changed. Would that cause the check engine light to
> come on?


My '99 does that when I don't turn the gas cap until it clicks. The
check engine light stays on for a few days after I tighten it. If your
gas cap was loose but you've tightened it now, and you really don't want
to look at that unnerving yellow light, and you don't mind getting your
hands a little dirty you can reset your "MIL" (malfunction indicator
light) right away. Get in the trunk and disconnect one of the battery
cables. Next press on the brake pedal for about thirty seconds.
Reconnect the battery cable and you're good to go. WARNING! This
deletes all your preset stations on your radio and resets the clock to
1:00. If you have the anti-theft code enabled on your radio you will
have to reset that as well; there are instructions for doing this at
www.miata.net. Or you can just wait a couple days and see if it goes
out on its own.

And hey, get that oil changed! If you can afford another $40, get your
spark plug wires replaced - go to a Mazda dealership and insist on the
blue NGK plug wires. Miata plug wires are shot after 30-40K miles, and
if it's been that long since they were changed you'll notice the
difference immediately. Your car will be much, much happier, and happy
cars make happy drivers. My wife and son and I drove up to North
Georgia in her xB last month; boy oh boy have they ever got some roads
up in those hills that look like they were custom-made for driving a
Miata. Funny though; the whole time I was in N. Ga. I saw not one
Miata, only SUVs and pickup trucks.

Yours WDK -
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  #12  
Old August 12th 06, 04:07 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
Bill[_5_]
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

W. Kiernan wrote:
> wrote:
> >
> > I have a 1999 Mazda Miata. The check engine light came on
> > and stays on. It's been a year and 8 months since the oil
> > was changed. Would that cause the check engine light to
> > come on?

>
> My '99 does that when I don't turn the gas cap until it clicks. The
> check engine light stays on for a few days after I tighten it. If your
> gas cap was loose but you've tightened it now, and you really don't want
> to look at that unnerving yellow light, and you don't mind getting your
> hands a little dirty you can reset your "MIL" (malfunction indicator
> light) right away. Get in the trunk and disconnect one of the battery
> cables. Next press on the brake pedal for about thirty seconds.
> Reconnect the battery cable and you're good to go. WARNING! This
> deletes all your preset stations on your radio and resets the clock to
> 1:00. If you have the anti-theft code enabled on your radio you will
> have to reset that as well; there are instructions for doing this at
>
www.miata.net. Or you can just wait a couple days and see if it goes
> out on its own.
>
> And hey, get that oil changed! If you can afford another $40, get your
> spark plug wires replaced - go to a Mazda dealership and insist on the
> blue NGK plug wires. Miata plug wires are shot after 30-40K miles, and
> if it's been that long since they were changed you'll notice the
> difference immediately. Your car will be much, much happier, and happy
> cars make happy drivers. My wife and son and I drove up to North
> Georgia in her xB last month; boy oh boy have they ever got some roads
> up in those hills that look like they were custom-made for driving a
> Miata. Funny though; the whole time I was in N. Ga. I saw not one
> Miata, only SUVs and pickup trucks.



On a similar note.... I *really* screwed up, now I'm right in
the middle. I had the fuel-cap CEL thing on my '99 about two years
ago, pulled main fuse long enough to reset ECU, but not lose radio
presets, and light went out until a month or so ago. I did the
'backyard reset' a couple of times to no avail. Finally took it to a
local indie shop where a good friend, and _great_ mechanic, works.
They either reflashed ECU or pulled power- I got conflicting stories-
but all was fixed. Until I got four miles down the road, and whoopie!
here's the CEL. I took it back in less than good humor, only to find
that it was my friend's last day there, he was going lobstering.
All I found for sure was that the code it threw was a PO 7135
(or 1135? couldn' read his writing) which, I was told, was a general,
generic, "Your engine has a problem." And now I'm wishing I'd driven
the car a little further, and gotten a new gas cap although I think
that I would have lost the 31 dollars they charged me in that case.
(I.E. not applied to re-do after I take car, fiddle, and bring it
back. Only fair, I guess.)

Any ideas/thoughts would be welcomed. I have extra keys, I
suppose I could pick it up Sat afternoon or Sun and work on it. And
this is the week I'd planned to sell it!
TYIA to all for reading/thinking about this.

-Bill


  #13  
Old August 13th 06, 10:05 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
M. Cantera
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

If it is

I only redo the gas cap if I get an of the following codes:

P0455 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
(Gross Leak)"
P0456 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
(Very Small Leak)"
P0457 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
(Fuel Cap Loose/Off)"

The codes you list may are not standard and are not generic. Standard
codes only go to p0850 or so for ODB 2 systems.

Call your Mazda dealer and ask (they are in the phone book)

On 11 Aug 2006 20:07:37 -0700, "Bill" >
wrote:

>W. Kiernan wrote:
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I have a 1999 Mazda Miata. The check engine light came on
>> > and stays on. It's been a year and 8 months since the oil
>> > was changed. Would that cause the check engine light to
>> > come on?

>>
>> My '99 does that when I don't turn the gas cap until it clicks. The
>> check engine light stays on for a few days after I tighten it. If your
>> gas cap was loose but you've tightened it now, and you really don't want
>> to look at that unnerving yellow light, and you don't mind getting your
>> hands a little dirty you can reset your "MIL" (malfunction indicator
>> light) right away. Get in the trunk and disconnect one of the battery
>> cables. Next press on the brake pedal for about thirty seconds.
>> Reconnect the battery cable and you're good to go. WARNING! This
>> deletes all your preset stations on your radio and resets the clock to
>> 1:00. If you have the anti-theft code enabled on your radio you will
>> have to reset that as well; there are instructions for doing this at
>>
www.miata.net. Or you can just wait a couple days and see if it goes
>> out on its own.
>>
>> And hey, get that oil changed! If you can afford another $40, get your
>> spark plug wires replaced - go to a Mazda dealership and insist on the
>> blue NGK plug wires. Miata plug wires are shot after 30-40K miles, and
>> if it's been that long since they were changed you'll notice the
>> difference immediately. Your car will be much, much happier, and happy
>> cars make happy drivers. My wife and son and I drove up to North
>> Georgia in her xB last month; boy oh boy have they ever got some roads
>> up in those hills that look like they were custom-made for driving a
>> Miata. Funny though; the whole time I was in N. Ga. I saw not one
>> Miata, only SUVs and pickup trucks.

>
>
> On a similar note.... I *really* screwed up, now I'm right in
>the middle. I had the fuel-cap CEL thing on my '99 about two years
>ago, pulled main fuse long enough to reset ECU, but not lose radio
>presets, and light went out until a month or so ago. I did the
>'backyard reset' a couple of times to no avail. Finally took it to a
>local indie shop where a good friend, and _great_ mechanic, works.
>They either reflashed ECU or pulled power- I got conflicting stories-
>but all was fixed. Until I got four miles down the road, and whoopie!
>here's the CEL. I took it back in less than good humor, only to find
>that it was my friend's last day there, he was going lobstering.
> All I found for sure was that the code it threw was a PO 7135
>(or 1135? couldn' read his writing) which, I was told, was a general,
>generic, "Your engine has a problem." And now I'm wishing I'd driven
>the car a little further, and gotten a new gas cap although I think
>that I would have lost the 31 dollars they charged me in that case.
> (I.E. not applied to re-do after I take car, fiddle, and bring it
>back. Only fair, I guess.)
>
> Any ideas/thoughts would be welcomed. I have extra keys, I
>suppose I could pick it up Sat afternoon or Sun and work on it. And
>this is the week I'd planned to sell it!
> TYIA to all for reading/thinking about this.
>
>-Bill


  #14  
Old August 14th 06, 03:23 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
Carbon[_1_]
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

On Sun, 06 Aug 2006 14:53:21 +0000, pws wrote:

> I watched my mechanic do an oil change on a Chevy van one time. He had
> checked the oil and it was full but very dirty. When he took the drain
> plug out, nothing happened.
> He actually had to punch through a solidified piece of sludge that had
> formed at the bottom of the oil pan to get the oil that was still fluid
> dripping, and it dripped out thick and slow. The owner had never
> replaced the oil in over 5 years, he just topped it off as it seeped
> from bad seals.
> Still, with a new filter and oil, the van drove away with no strange
> sounds or smoke.


I had a girlfriend with an old 327 Impala that leaked oil. She understood
that gas made the car go but the role of oil seemed more mysterious. So
naturally she ran it dry and it threw a rod. That's when I realized there
were people who were so ignorant about basic mechanics that if you told
them their engines ran on little gerbils they'd probably believe you.
  #15  
Old August 14th 06, 05:54 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
XS11E[_1_]
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

Carbon > wrote in
news
> That's when I realized there were people who were so ignorant
> about basic mechanics that if you told them their engines ran on
> little gerbils they'd probably believe you.


I think everybody knows it's little hamsters....

http://www.hamsterdance.com/classorig.html

  #16  
Old August 14th 06, 03:10 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
miker
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

> I had a girlfriend with an old 327 Impala that leaked oil. She understood
> that gas made the car go but the role of oil seemed more mysterious. So
> naturally she ran it dry and it threw a rod. That's when I realized there
> were people who were so ignorant about basic mechanics that if you told
> them their engines ran on little gerbils they'd probably believe you.


I had a girlfriend who one nice summer day flooded her car, and so plugged
the tank heater in because that's what you do when it won't start.

Actually overheard last week at Fleet Farm: "Honey, you can't put WD40 in a
grease fitting, they don't work like that."

miker



  #17  
Old August 15th 06, 12:42 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
Bill[_5_]
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M. Cantera wrote:
> If it is
>
> I only redo the gas cap if I get an of the following codes:
>
> P0455 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
> (Gross Leak)"
> P0456 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
> (Very Small Leak)"
> P0457 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
> (Fuel Cap Loose/Off)"
>
> The codes you list may are not standard and are not generic. Standard
> codes only go to p0850 or so for ODB 2 systems.
>
> Call your Mazda dealer and ask (they are in the phone book)
>

__________________________________________________ _____________________


> On 11 Aug 2006 20:07:37 -0700, "Bill" >
> wrote:
> >the middle. I had the fuel-cap CEL thing on my '99 about two years
> >ago, pulled main fuse long enough to reset ECU, but not lose radio
> >presets, and light went out until a month or so ago. I did the
> >'backyard reset' a couple of times to no avail. Finally took it to a
> >local indie shop where a good friend, and _great_ mechanic, works.
> >They either reflashed ECU or pulled power- I got conflicting stories-
> >but all was fixed. Until I got four miles down the road, and whoopie!
> >here's the CEL. I took it back in less than good humor, only to find
> >that it was my friend's last day there, he was going lobstering.
> > All I found for sure was that the code it threw was a PO 7135
> >(or 1135? couldn' read his writing) which, I was told, was a general,
> >generic, "Your engine has a problem." And now I'm wishing I'd driven
> >the car a little further, and gotten a new gas cap although I think
> >that I would have lost the 31 dollars they charged me in that case.
> > (I.E. not applied to re-do after I take car, fiddle, and bring it
> >back. Only fair, I guess.)

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thank you for the useable, "ask the mechanic *this*" type help,
I'll be calling tomorrow. I'll let everybody know what happens, as
this looks to be a widespread problem with no one solution...

-Bill

  #18  
Old August 15th 06, 03:42 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
Paul Proefrock
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

Patricia
Go by your local Autozone and have them put a code reader on the OBD II
connector and read out the code. With the code, you can then search the
internet to give you an idea of what the problem is.

May be as minor as a loose gas cap, could be a plugged EGR bypass port, or
could be major problems.

The code will give you an idea

Paul P

ps: Autozone will do this for No Charge
> wrote in message
oups.com...
>I have a 1999 Mazda Miata. The check engine light came on and stays
> on. It's been a year and 8 months since the oil was changed. Would
> that cause the check engine light to come on?
>
> Patricia
> Macon, GA
>
>



  #19  
Old August 15th 06, 05:21 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
Bill[_5_]
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Default Check Engine Light Came On

M. Cantera wrote:
> If it is
>
> I only redo the gas cap if I get an of the following codes:
>
> P0455 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
> (Gross Leak)"
> P0456 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
> (Very Small Leak)"
> P0457 "Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected
> (Fuel Cap Loose/Off)"
>
> The codes you list may are not standard and are not generic. Standard
> codes only go to p0850 or so for ODB 2 systems.
>
> Call your Mazda dealer and ask (they are in the phone book)




Thank you again, but my local Mazda dealer courteously told me
to fork off, I'd have to come in with the car to tell me what OBD 1
code # 7135 (or 1135- writing was terrible) denotes. At, I assume,
their minimum rate of 1/2 hr and 40 dollars.
If anybody can tell me what those codes are, I'll send you
something really nice if you like music. (If you don't, I'll think of
something else!)

TYIA
-Bill

(Oh yeah, if anybody knows how much they are charging for the cruise
control transister TSB they have out, I'd love to hear it. Hmm, wonder
if that code is related?)
Anyway, seems like it should be a recall, with the cruise control
basically accelerating the car on its own. Sounds pretty dangerous.
If it was my Rex Sty, you'd change radio stations, look back up, and be
going 125mph fer chrissakes...Anyway, thanks again to anybody who can
help me.



 




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