Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: check engine light

asked by on

Hi a couple weeks ago my radiator broke n the check engine light went off, i changed the whole radiator by myself after the shop told me thatvwas the problem but the check engine light is still on, is that a code theu need to get rid by their computer? R thers something else goin on?

A: When the radiator broke, the engine coolant...

When the radiator broke, the engine coolant sensor or other sensors may have set a code in the computer. These codes and the Check Engine Light will not go away until the vehicle is scanned and codes cleared if repairs have been made. Sometimes, the code doesn’t exactly tell you what the problem is and what repair should be done, it simply points you in the right direction of where the problem lays. I recommend having the Check Engine codes thoroughly inspected once more, and cleared if the issue has been resolved.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Can I replace a leaky radiator with a used one or should I get a new Ford radiator?

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2008 Ford F-350. I would check to see if the radiator is available aftermarket first. I would not go with a used one, since you never know what you will get. If...

Q: Is it worth buying the used car if the dealer agrees to fix all the problems found in my pre-purchase car inspection report.

If they are willing to fix every single issue found, as well as drop the price by $1000, it would definitely be worth considering. You need to take into account the blue book value, how the price compares to similar...

Q: I have a 03 Taurus and it's starting to feel rough. Like it wants to cut off. Someone told me it could be a vacuum leak.

With multiple problems with different components you will need to have each of them diagnosed separately. For the running rough and almost stall you may have a sticking intake runner control valve that may require that part of the intake...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...