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Jennifer and I drove from Dallas to Shreveport for a road trip this weekend. Sustained periods of 115 (at one point for 30 straight minutes; weeeeee!).
Started the car this morning to go to work and all was fine. Ten minutes of slow driving behind a school bus and the Check Engine light came on. Gas cap on tight. Restart didn't clear it. Any ideas? BTW... I got 22 MPG!!!

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Check light and codes

Anyone know how to set up a database for ODB II codes ? With code readers costing $120 it may save a trip to the dealer if you can look up what some of the most common codes are. I have a couple of interesting ones to post !
 

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OBD Indicator

Have a 2006 Grand Sport Spyder with 1,000 miles on it. OBD indicator came on and it has been in the shop for a week waiting on parts. Weather here in Kentucky has been terrible, so I would not have had it out anyways. When I get the details on what it was I will post.

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Glenn Wallace said:
Oh, you were taking it easy? :)
:D On these crappy roads 115 was pushing it! Valentine One beeped once. By the time I slowed to 75 the signal strength was pegged out and the state trooper passed going the opposite direction. The V1 "cloaking device" worked again!

Guess I'll get an OBDII reader and get the code today.
 

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Anyone know how to set up a database for ODB II codes ? With code readers costing $120 it may save a trip to the dealer if you can look up what some of the most common codes are. I have a couple of interesting ones to post !
Have a look here

http://www.gendan.co.uk/codebank/
 

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Not heard of that model ;)

BillD said:
Have a 2006 Grand Sport Spyder with 1,000 miles on it. OBD indicator came on and it has been in the shop for a week waiting on parts. Weather here in Kentucky has been terrible, so I would not have had it out anyways. When I get the details on what it was I will post.

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ok codes.... I know cars have code readers and all but where exactly do you buy the code readers and what do you do with them?

So you reset the code then what? I am confused
 

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ok codes.... I know cars have code readers and all but where exactly do you buy the code readers and what do you do with them?

So you reset the code then what? I am confused
Alex,

You hook up the OBD II scanner (code reader) to the OBD II connector under the steering wheel. It reads out the problem code(s). You look them up using Troesma's link he posted and identify the problem. If for example the code says P0440 that's the code telling you you didn't tighten up your gas cap and there's an evaporative emmision control problem. If you find it to be a non-issue (like the gas cap) you can just clear the error and go about your business. If it comes back, it's probably something that needs to be looked at. Sometimes they just go away on their own.

You can buy a code reader at almost all auto parts stores for about $150

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The Code ready save me a lot of money and time. I got it at around $100 on ebay. My reader tell the problem right away. No need to look up the code table. Then I could erase the code easily. All the errors I got are not big issue. The hook up connector is just below the steering wheel on the right ride near the center console.
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BeeYouZeeZee said:
:D On these crappy roads 115 was pushing it! Valentine One beeped once. By the time I slowed to 75 the signal strength was pegged out and the state trooper passed going the opposite direction. The V1 "cloaking device" worked again!

Guess I'll get an OBDII reader and get the code today.

What do u mean by "cloaking device" on the V1?...thanks:confused:
 

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What do u mean by "cloaking device" on the V1?...thanks:confused:

thanks for clearing up the code issues and what to do with them. I will get one soon when I get the mas some day (day dreaming :D ) I can see how it can save someone mental stress and money. I have had the EML light and the check engine light several times on my M car. I just do the CTRL ALT DEL (shut car off then turn it on again :D)



as for cloaking I think he means any noise from his radar unit . (V1 is a device to help pick up police guns) I guess the V1 is of one the best radar units (best one?) I just wish it was wireless. When it starts to beep or "cloak" that means a police is running radar near. I think cops use Ka.xa, X bands. The old sqaud cars just used to leave on their guns, now they do the switch which means when they see you they flip it from off to on at the last second. Almost like an anti tank gun in WW2. (highway patrol units must be reading Erwin Rommels book on defensive tatics)


All the way across Texas huh? My parents just bought a place in Tyler, Texas. Different then Chicago I would say :)
 

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What do u mean by "cloaking device" on the V1?...thanks:confused:

Sorry for the confusion. It was my attempt at humor. People with radar detectors sometimes think they're invisible to the cops because they have one (e.g. cloaking device). Now a full radar/laser jammer may actually qualify as one but as long as the cop can eyeball you, you're not invisible :D
 

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Think I found the problem

OK

Got home and hooked up the OBD II scanner and got a P0431. The description is "Warm up catalyst efficiency below threshold (bank 2).

The common causes are bad catalytic converter or an exhaust leak. Well the car has 4000 miles on it so I doubt its the cat. I just had straight pipes installed so I'm a little suspicious of the welds. I cleared it so if it pops up again, I'll take it back to the muffler shop for inspection.

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Would the difference in back pressure from the different pipes be an issue? I'd assume that with exhaust spending less time in the cats they wouldn't get as hot?
Maybe but there's tons of cat-back (straight pipes) out there and I've never heard a complaint. I still have the rear boxes and the car really isn't that loud. That will change this weekend.
 

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Crapjokes said:
Anyone know how to set up a database for ODB II codes ? With code readers costing $120 it may save a trip to the dealer if you can look up what some of the most common codes are. I have a couple of interesting ones to post !
Most decent scanners know all possible codes and they read them out to the display. "Exhaust Pressure Control Valve Malfunction" is an example. That's descriptive enough to get the jist of it. Anyway there are a million sites that publish the descriptions.
 

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Ah yes - but ...

Jalpa_Mike said:
Every code you would ever want, but were afraid to ask! :D

http://www.obdii.com/codes.html
That's what my independent specialist told me for a code 0411 and changed the secondary air flow meter for me. Light still came on and I went to the local Dealer who told me it was the warm air pump for the catalytic converter.

£200 down the drain - hence it would be nice to have a database for Maserati specific codes.
 

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I wouldnt worry too much until you get your set up the way you want it. Maybe with the lack of back pressure from your removal of that one section, coupled with the presence of the back boxes threw it off a tad but you didnt do much to it to worry.

SO? did you win any money at the casino?:D
 
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