Why is my check Engine light on

Kimberly Nichols
10

Asked by Feb 07, 2013 at 11:07 AM about the 2004 Dodge Durango SLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just came on

15 Answers

Kimberly Nichols
10

Idk

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
judge_roy
Not Active

Well, any number of things can trigger this. The amount of milage will trigger this for your 30,000 and 80.000 maintenance. Is the truck runnin' okay? No black smoke, hesitant starting, idles okay? hate to recommend the "black tape" solution, until you can take it to the dealer to reset this conditiion-- things to crap out on you for example, the oxygen sensor or sensors, perhaps the AIR filter is buggerd up and needs to be changed (or blasted clean with compressed air) Nice if you could tell us how's the performance of this buggy?

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.
DavidH25
Not Active

One of the most common is if the gas cap is not on. It may be as simple as that

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
Boxchevy22
85

Start small gas cap, bad air filter ,or an oxygen sensor

8 out of 8 people think this is helpful.
DavidH25
Not Active

Dealer, Bob? A good reputable mechanic can do it at 1/2 or less cost....Bob, bob, you know better that that wassamatter witchu

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
tenspeed
77,605

Take it to the parts store and get the codes read. They can tell you what is causing the light to be on.

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
judge_roy
Not Active

,,,you guys are of course RIGHT, but I guess you cannot sue a barnyard mechanic. What you are paying for at the dealer is all that legal protetion they must have to stay alive.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Lars Cats
4,125

These days your best bet is to hook a car up to diagnostics, for the home mechanic there are plenty of universal OBD scanners for just that purpose or you can get an OBD interface for next to nothing and use you laptop. Without those things you might never know why the CEL is on. That's why I love older cars: no computers, just simple mechanical stuff and the car tells you waht's wrong nine out of ten times without the need for computers or error checkers.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
Sigurður Guðmundsson
2,075

You need to pull the code to see what has turned it on. i don´t think it is possible on the 2004 Durango to do the key thing to get the code in the dash board like on my 2002 but if you want to try here is how to do it you quikly turn the key from off to on 3 times leacng it on on position and the PO code will appear in the dash board where the odo is. Then when you have got the code either by the key thing or an external reader you can go to this site to see what it means and take it from there: http://www.wjjeeps.com/faultcodes.htm

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
Phil Nielsen
305

as everyone has said, go to a mechanic who has an OBD scanner and get the codes read. it could be a matter of just resetting the comp. they can tell in minutes what the problem is.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
judge_roy
Not Active

...like fifteen bucks man...http://www.amazon.com/OBDII-Engine- Scanner-Trouble-Reader/dp/B000LEPT5G

Sean D'Souza
60

Great article! This covers check engine light issues in detail too: http://www.insureplan.net/check-engine-light

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.
Sewerrat7895
0

Don't have an answer but a comment and a question. The check engine light came on today and the gauges topped out but went back to normal. I took it to a auto parts store and had the codes read, they said it is both the oil and fuel sensors. They also said it is highly unlikely that both would malfunction at the same time, so it is more than likely a short somewhere between the front and rear bumper. So where do I start?

cnoteprez
0

Take durango to a good wrench that won't take your money

CurlygirlinaDurango
10

I want to thank Sigurour!! I just had my engine light on and found this thread. I'm so excited! Using that ignition trick I found my code and looked it up to find a catalytic misfunction code. It explains a few things which I've been noticing. Thank you!!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Why is the check engine light on? 3 answers

    2001 Dodge Durango Base 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • check engine light 2 answers

    Check engine light came on and was flashing while driving. I've had spark plugs replaced and coils (?) Or cylinders. Shift solenoid replaced also. I want to trade it in but can't right now cause I'...

    2007 Dodge Durango

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why won't my car start? 1 answer

    I own a 2000 dodge durango with a V8 engine and 160,000 miles on it. I've been having problems starting my car for the last 4 months. Most of the time, I can eventually get my car to start after a ...

    2000 Dodge Durango SLT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What does it mean when the check engine light is on but has no code? 3 answers

    My check engine light came on after having to use my spare which is a 17 instead of a 20 in tire. I thought it was because it wasnt finding the TPMS from the original tire, But I have fixed the tire a...

    2007 Dodge Durango Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Check engine light on 4 answers

    after replacing my wheel bearing hub assembly . I went to test drive it and my yellow or orange engine light came on?

    2002 Dodge Durango R/T 4WD

    -

    General

Durango
Looking for a Used Durango in your area?
CarGurus has 20,641 nationwide Durango listings starting at $988.
ZIP:

Search Dodge Durango Questions

Dodge Durango Experts

#1 Sigurður Guðmundsson
Sigurður Guðmundsson
Reputation 1,990
#2 Breanskis
Breanskis
Reputation 1,080
#3 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 570
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Tahoe"
557 Great Deals out of 31,349 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Explorer"
586 Great Deals out of 50,826 listings starting at $1,500
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
781 Great Deals out of 67,087 listings starting at $900
Used Ford Expedition"
352 Great Deals out of 21,412 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Ram 1500"
600 Great Deals out of 13,871 listings starting at $699
Used Nissan Pathfinder"
231 Great Deals out of 21,199 listings starting at $2,499
Used Ford F-150"
2,475 Great Deals out of 195,641 listings starting at $1,600
Used GMC Yukon"
181 Great Deals out of 9,844 listings starting at $2,495
Used Honda Pilot"
306 Great Deals out of 15,268 listings starting at $3,300
Used Toyota 4Runner"
223 Great Deals out of 13,106 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Highlander"
418 Great Deals out of 17,954 listings starting at $3,499

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Dodge Durango For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 10,675 listings starting at $26,000
2014 Dodge Durango For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 1,224 listings starting at $18,995
2013 Dodge Durango For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 1,753 listings starting at $16,984
2012 Dodge Durango For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 914 listings starting at $13,900