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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Question: What would cause the Malfunction Indicator Light to come on when driving?

 

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wcc-1, Canyon Lake, TX, March 02, 2010, 20:28
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I was driving home after a 200 mile trip when the Malfunction Indicator Light came on. My vehicle has just over 130,000 miles and never had a problem. I maintain it and just had it serviced which included a oil and filter change.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, March 02, 2010, 20:49
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    Hyundai as a car manufacturer put a lot of free technical information and workshop manuals on line for Hyundai owners. Check out www.hmaservice.com lots of great information. If the Check Engine light/Service Engine Soon light illuminates while you are driving, the car's on board computer sees a fault in the engines management system that is causing an excess amount of pollutants to be emitted from your car. This could result in engine damage if left neglected. Some problems that can cause the Check Engine light to stay on may take two "drive cycles' to complete before illuminating the Check Engine Light. The computer sees a problem and looks for an identical set of circumstances to occur to confirm that it has indeed seen a problem before turning on the light. A Check Engine light that continually flashes while you are driving is serious and is a sign that the computer sees a problem that seriously risks damaging the catalytic converter which may result in an expensive repair or even may cause a fire! Diagnostic codes are stored in the vehicle's computer and can be retrieved using a scantool that communicates with the computer in your car. We have in our Repairpal website an encyclopedia with in depth articles about computer, and computer control systems, emission and driveability problems. http://repairpal.com/check-engine-light

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