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Ugh!

This is why I hate the holidays, everything always seems to happen...

Go out on BF to do x-mas shopping...buy everybody's x-mas gifts...

On the way home, the car Check Engine light comes on...great...

Then get a call from my daughter that my truck broke down. Go try to get it, about 1/2 home and it won't start any more. GREAT...and this will also need towing :P

Ok, rant over LOL

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Guess your daughter drained the battery trying to start it. What kind of truck, and what year ? As far as the check engine light, it could be something very easy, like your gas cap not being tightened all the way, yes the check engine light does come on for that in a lot of different cars

For me, I hate the air nozzles that work with your cars computer, never mind the $60 - $100 each price, they come on for the most stupidest reasons, even if your spare tires down a pound or two. We survived the last 70-80 years with regular air nozzles, so why do we need them to run off computers ? lol

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Yea, was just a pain in the rear everything happening at once LOL Check Engine light was nothing, dealership forgot to reset it after the last oil change :P They scanned and reset it..

The truck, 95 GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel, changed fuel filter, have a bad feeling it's the fuel pump...works for a while when it's cold, and dies as it gets hot.

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It's best to change the fuel pump now, rather than have it break down and have to add the cost of towing on top of the new pump.

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[QUOTE=Doctor_Death]
For me, I hate the air nozzles that work with your cars computer, never mind the $60 - $100 each price, they come on for the most stupidest reasons, even if your spare tires down a pound or two. We survived the last 70-80 years with regular air nozzles, so why do we need them to run off computers ? lol[/QUOTE]

The bane of my existence is those tire monitors in my car. Whether pressure is perfect or not for the last 2 years it randomly tells me to check xx tire, every time I start the car it tells me the tire monitor system needs to be serviced, then I have to clear that message every single time I start the car just to see other messages that my come up on that cluster. TPMS...WORST IDEA EVER!!!

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I have to figure out where the fuel pump is at, have a bad feeling it'll be in the tank which means dropping the tank or pulling the bed. If it was inline I could do it, otherwise it's beyond my skill LOL Need to go see if I can find a service manual for the truck and determine where exactly it's at...

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Depending on make and year it's most likely in the tank. I know my current car (2007 GM) is in the tank, as was an older truck (1994 Ford) that I owned.

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[QUOTE=Hellfire]I have to figure out where the fuel pump is at, have a bad feeling it'll be in the tank which means dropping the tank or pulling the bed. If it was inline I could do it, otherwise it's beyond my skill LOL Need to go see if I can find a service manual for the truck and determine where exactly it's at...[/QUOTE]

You should be able to find a service manual on line. I had to replace the pump on my ol'ladys Chevy mini van before we traded it in, and the pump was in the tank, cost me $287 for the pump, plus labor.

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TPMS is OK if it works right

[QUOTE=ErickSaint]The bane of my existence is those tire monitors in my car. Whether pressure is perfect or not for the last 2 years it randomly tells me to check xx tire, every time I start the car it tells me the tire monitor system needs to be serviced, then I have to clear that message every single time I start the car just to see other messages that my come up on that cluster. TPMS...WORST IDEA EVER!!![/QUOTE]

I have never had any problem at all with my TPMS system. It's a 2006 Tacoma 4X4 Crew Cab. (over 100K miles on it so far)

But once, it was lighting up constantly and all four tires were properly inflated. I took it to the dealer and they wanted a bunch of money to repair the TPMS for me. Money that didn't have.

I took it to someone else and they inflated the spare tire. It was "fixed" then.
It was no charge.

No problems since either.

[QUOTE=Hellfire]I have to figure out where the fuel pump is at, have a bad feeling it'll be in the tank which means dropping the tank or pulling the bed. If it was inline I could do it, otherwise it's beyond my skill LOL Need to go see if I can find a service manual for the truck and determine where exactly it's at...[/QUOTE]

My old '99 Chevy had it in the Fuel tank. Expensive part and labor was a lot too.

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I bet the dealership didn't even check your spare. or mention that it could effect the computer, they just wanted to charge you big bucks for unnecessary work.

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I've just a donut spare, not a full size with sensor, I wish it was that easy. They told me the start was to replace all sensors and weren't sure that would fix it. I took a pass on that offer, I'll continue to hit the buttons and clear out the messages every time I get in the car.

Hellfire, did you ever find out your pump location? I remember in to old days being able to bypass those in tank ones and just put am electric pump a bit ahead of the tank. Not sure if that's something that's still doable these days though.

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Nah, been so busy with other things going on that I've just let the truck sit in the driveway for now. Probably going to get to towed to a shop first part of January, my daughter will just have to figure out a solution LOL Plus, kinda worried for her to drive the truck with the snow/ice that we have now anyways :P

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[QUOTE=ErickSaint]I've just a donut spare, not a full size with sensor, I wish it was that easy. They told me the start was to replace all sensors and weren't sure that would fix it. I took a pass on that offer, I'll continue to hit the buttons and clear out the messages every time I get in the car.[/QUOTE]

Hey Erick, what button are you hitting to clear out the messages ? For the last10 days it's been telling me I have a tire low on air, even after I checked the pressure in each tire, including the spare, and added air. Two tires were low on air, but not by much. That was Friday at noon time, and the damn message is still there.

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[QUOTE=Doctor_Death]Hey Erick, what button are you hitting to clear out the messages ? For the last10 days it's been telling me I have a tire low on air, even after I checked the pressure in each tire, including the spare, and added air. Two tires were low on air, but not by much. That was Friday at noon time, and the damn message is still there.[/QUOTE]

Isn't there a reset button on your control panel? My wife has the same problem with her 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. I have been told the battery is low in the sensor. She has to reset the notice every other day. Real pain.

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In my car, 2007 Chevy Impala, there are 4 buttons in a vertical row next to the cluster. Pressing the top one will clear the messages until it gets back to where it should be. The other buttons are for seeing other details like oil life, various trip odometer, miles to empty, etc.

See if you have a button like that that scrolls through cluster messages.

My car also has some sort of thing where you put it into a certain mode with those buttons, then you go around in a specific order and either put in or remove a couple pounds of air from each tire. The car will beep the horn when it learns the location, then you move on to the next. Maybe that's resulting in some problems, the computer needs to relearn the location. I had thought that was my problem at first but after relearning all the tire locations the problem came back after 2 weeks.

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[QUOTE=ErickSaint]In my car, 2007 Chevy Impala, there are 4 buttons in a vertical row next to the cluster. Pressing the top one will clear the messages until it gets back to where it should be. The other buttons are for seeing other details like oil life, various trip odometer, miles to empty, etc.

See if you have a button like that that scrolls through cluster messages.

My car also has some sort of thing where you put it into a certain mode with those buttons, then you go around in a specific order and either put in or remove a couple pounds of air from each tire. The car will beep the horn when it learns the location, then you move on to the next. Maybe that's resulting in some problems, the computer needs to relearn the location. I had thought that was my problem at first but after relearning all the tire locations the problem came back after 2 weeks.[/QUOTE]

Hi Erick
My 2007 Hummer H3 does not have any thing like that, and it came fully loaded. even the steering wheel heats up, which is nice during the winter. The last time I had to pay the dealership to clear it, which sucked.

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I have never had any luck with the major car dealers. They exist for the premium dollar and charge up the nose for [U]anything[/U]. I avoid them as much as possible.

This time, I think that they knew, but didn't tell me.

I do have a hometown mechanic's shop that is fair with me,....and they don't try to gouge me.

I have had an OBD-II code reader for years. It reads the '07 Sonata's code, but not the '06 Tacoma's. So I found a code reader on Newegg for 16 Bucks (my first one was 150 Bucks) that reads both cars and now I can see what's wrong with either of them before I ever take them to be fixed.

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Stan, looks like pressing the stem for resetting the ODO is the one you need for clearing messages. Try this. Your H3 is a GM product as well. My cluster display is called the DIC as well. Driver Information Center

Warnings and Messages
Warnings and messages are displayed
on the DIC to notify the driver that the
status of the vehicle has changed and
that some action may be needed by the driver.
Each message must be acknowledged.
To acknowledge and clear a message
from the DIC, press and release the
reset stem.

If your Check Engine light, or any other warning message appears, you
can push the blue OnStar button and
speak to a live advisor. OnStar
Advisors can access certain diagnostic
information and can tell you how serious the problem is, what you
should do about it, or can contact a
dealer or Roadside service for you. Refer to the OnStar Owner Guide for details.

Note:To ensure your safety and to
protect your vehicle, it’s important
not to ignore the DIC warnings.
Acknowledge each one and attend
to them as soon as possible.

See the Instrument Panel section of your
Owner Manual.

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I used On Star for the last two years, but it's to expensive for what you get in return. To be honest with you, I kept it so I could use the phone, seeing as you can turn up the volume on the phone though the radio, which was great.

The Monthly reports were ok. but they were always off, especially the oil life. I'm lucky if I put on 1800 miles a year, and get my oil changed every 3000 miles.

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