Check engine light is on.

Where to begin. I bought my van through a private owner. Check engine light was on. Took it to a reliable mechanic and fixed the problem,light was off. A few days later,my radiator was leaking everywhere. Took to the same mechanic. In order to keep it cheap for me,he replaced the radiator and hoses. But rigged it so the fan stays on all the time which means the check engine light was back on. He told me it won't pass inspection and you have a year to get a newer car. Well I still have the van and I want to know if I take it back to the same mechanic,will he have to pass the emissions consi
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First of all, a shop cannot let a vehicle leave the parking lot with the engine light on without your signature saying that you intend to leave with the light on. Second of all, the light might have been on for the cooling fans and the mechanic rigged the fans to get you on your way. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you with your check engine light and stay away from that shop as they are performing shady work.

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Intermittent aside, if your check engine light comes on while you`re driving, it could mean your cooling fan switch is failing. Even if that isn`t the problem, it`s crucial to bring your vehicle in right away for a diagnostic check, as the check engine light means something is wrong no matter what.
The check engine light still on after filling coolant is usually due to a compromised coolant level sensor (it could be faulty or stuck). Further diagnosis by a reputable auto mechanic repair shop will be required to uncover what the issue is and what needs to be replaced.
Overheating: Sometimes a check engine light comes on if there`s a serious problem with the car. For example, Motorist explained that it could indicate that the vehicle is overheating, which means you need to pull over immediately.
Why is your check engine light on? When your car`s internal computer identifies a problem with the engine or transmission, it turns on the check engine light. The reasons for a check engine light turning on can range from something minor like a loose gas cap to something more serious like a faulty catalytic converter.
On most modern cars, the cooling fan is controlled by the Engine Control Unit (ECU) which gets a signal from the coolant temperature sensor. If it`s not working, the fan won`t turn on when it needs to, which means the engine might overheat.
Coolant helps pull heat away from the engine. So, without enough coolant, the engine could overheat or seize up. Continued use of an overheated engine could lead to permanent damage, such as pistons welding to the cylinders.
Sometimes, the check engine light comes on to let you know that there`s a problem with the car`s internal diagnostic mechanism. That means the system could be “finding” a problem that doesn`t exist, or it could be that loose wire systems are creating a false positive in the system.
These problems can range from faults within the electrical system, the engine, fluid levels or to problems within the car`s emissions system. The problem can even be as simple as forgetting to tighten your gas cap – in fact, this is the most common reason why check engine lights appear in the first place.
Issues with the cooling fan, cooling fan relay, or fan circuit can cause code P0480.

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