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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 11:48 AM
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First of all, I just want to say I'm so glad I found you again! My hard drive crashed and I've been searching for this site for months. Second, I'm new to bulletin boards, so I apologize in advance for any etiquette errors. I have a 93 suzuki sidekick jx 4x4. Does anyone know why the Check Engine Light goes on at 120,000 miles? T <font color="blue"> </font color> ried unsuccessfully to get the onboard diagnostic thing by the battery to work. Thanks!
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Re: check engine light @ 120,000

that light is programmed to come on at certain times. There is a switch under the dash that you flick to turn it off. Not sure where it is on a sidekick but it will be the only one you see under there
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Thanks, but I'm trying to figure out why it was programmed to go on at 120,000 miles, i.e. what am I supposed to check/change. For example, 50k means PCV valve, 80k is oxygen sensor, 100k is replace trans. fluid. Vehicle is running okay (I'm now at 122k) but seems to be lacking power going up hills.
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Your check engine light comes on then because Suzuki suggest that you have the vehicle "checked out" by a factory authorized Suzuki mechanic. The light usually comes on at 60,000;110,000; and 170,000 miles. If you've checked your oil, changed your lubes, checked the sparkplugs, radiator, air filter, and that kind of stuff, then you can save alot of money over taking it in. I never have taken my Zuk in and shes purring like a cat last time I checked. Anyway, to turn the check engine light off by yourself, put your hands under the dash and follow the steering wheel column up until you feel a switch(little metal flat block that you push up and down). Push it up then back down and the light will turn off. Good luck &amp; happy Zukin'.

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Re: check engine light @ 120,000

samewith my zuk..its been on sence i got it anyway to turn it off..it runs good,ive changed the oil,plugs,wires and it runs better just dont know why the light is on
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Maybe the timing belt need changing?
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Every 60k is the schedule for timing belts. The belt is cheap enough, its the labor that gets you
if you pay someone to do it.
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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The 120,000 "check engine" light is really a "check wallet" light. They want more money from you. Both my 95's are over 130,000 and running strong (but I do have new timing belts for both of them, if I ever get around to replacing them...

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Re: check engine light @ 120,000

HOWEVER... if you absolutely HAVE to know what it's flashing for, a lot of the local parts-o-ramas like Autozone and such offer free diagnostic readings and things.

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