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Old 06-21-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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We have a 1999, 30ft Goergie Boy, gas engine with 24k miles. On a recent trip, the "check engine" light came on. When that has happened with my car, it has been a gas cap issue. Is that also normal for RV's or should I have this taken to a service center?
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I would recommend going to a parts store and getting a code reader and check it yourself to see if it needs to go to a service center. You can get one for about $50-60 dollars.
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Ok, don't mean to sound dumb but.... What's a code reader and where do you plug it in?
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A code reader plugs into your cigarette lighter socket. From there it will issue a code which will indicate what the malfunction or problem is.
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Bill-Sandy your best bet will be someone who knows their way around automobiles/trucks. They can read the codes and determine the cause of the CEL.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:26 PM   #6
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We have a 1999, 30ft Goergie Boy, gas engine with 24k miles. On a recent trip, the "check engine" light came on. When that has happened with my car, it has been a gas cap issue. Is that also normal for RV's or should I have this taken to a service center?
Yes a loose gas cap can do it. Dirty MAF. contaminated or wet air filter. Even something as simple as changing brand of gas. Check the DIY items first, it just may save some time and money.
Please add the make model and year of the chassis to the information about your RV. It helps considerably.
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Drive it to either "Autozone" or "Advance Auto parts" and let them plug their code reader into the correct port (Usually under the dash near the steering wheel) and they will tell you the failed code number (s). Usually free of charge. Write the codes down for future reference. Have them clear the code while they are at it.

Google the fail code numbers. Just because the failed code might mean something like "low Oxygen bank one" Does not necessarily mean your oxygen sensor is bad, it could be another sensor bad making the engine run in a low oxygen state that then trips the failed code.
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I would take it to a shop and let a professional scan the codes and give you advice on what further action needs to be taken. Many shops will scan it for you for $50 or less and have experience in repairing such problems, not just guessing.
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