COlorado SMart OwnerS


COlorado SMart OwnerS

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Trail Ridge Road?

Started by Sandy Anderson. Last reply by Russell Glissmann Aug 23, 2013. 4 Replies

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Comment by Russell Glissmann on May 24, 2013 at 4:00pm

Insider doesn't work well with my phone!

We'll schedule something for next month, maybe go back to the sanctuary when is warm instead! 

Comment by toes on May 24, 2013 at 1:27pm
I'm not sure what Russ was trying to say (don't text and drive?) :) but basically we haven't had a monthly meet in a while. The last two were on Saturday at Dave & Busters in Westminster and we only had about 2 or 3 cars attend. We did go on a drive not too long ago (to the wild animal park).
Comment by Russell Glissmann on May 24, 2013 at 1:04pm
Serve been lax at zeroing yo meets
Comment by Ed Glassgow on May 24, 2013 at 12:15pm
Are the monthly meet ups still going?
Comment by toes on May 13, 2013 at 10:03pm
Comment by toes on May 13, 2013 at 9:23pm
Yes, the scan gauge or ultra gauge (, or other) just plugs into the OBDII port to the right below the steering wheel. There's a little hinged plastic cover over it. I unclipped the cover and put it in the glove box, ran the cable under the steering wheel/console to the left and up in between the gap between the dash and sidewall. I'll post a picture.
Comment by toes on May 13, 2013 at 9:14pm
Just so you know: the codes are not very specific as to the issue with the vacuum system. It can be the valve, the cap, or any other source of a vacuum leak in the system and will provide the same code for any of those issues. So: Ed would than have to visually inspect a number of possible failure points; hence his reluctance to shoot from the hip on this ... And hence also my annoyance with any of these modern day convenience sensors. They are really not providing very useful info at all. Maybe MB diagnostics can read out more info from the OBDII than our aftermarket gauges. Who knows?
Comment by Steve and Pam Campbell on May 13, 2013 at 9:00pm

Yes sir Tobias, I've read a number of comments on several issues. Don't get me wrong, and perhaps my comments about loving the car up until now were a bit misstated from being frustrated, (especially as I was to take a 300 mile round trip in the car this Friday!), but we haven't had any other issues with the car either, EXCEPT for the same thing with the tire pressure monitor. The car seems to be running fine, and doesn't sound any different at the moment either.

Hopefully we can get this ultra gauge purchased and installed, and see what literally pops up code wise and go from there. Tobias, I assume the gauge is easy to install?

Thanks again....:)

Comment by Steve and Pam Campbell on May 13, 2013 at 8:55pm

Thanks all....:)

Jill, Pam called several auto stores looking to get a "free scan", and they told her they would not do one, as the codes would be "meaningless" to her, thinking she's an idiot. They instead quoted her the prices for their own diagnostic tests!

We were looking at a Scan gauge a long time ago, but never purchased one. Now, it looks like this Ultra gauge is the way to go, so we'll pick one of these up. We use the site Fuelly to track our mileage, but I'd much rather have a gauge like this to trouble shoot any other problems down the road, and to track our mpg and such...

Comment by Jill Hobbs on May 13, 2013 at 8:44pm
You can also reset the codes by unhooking the battery for 10 minutes. That won't get rid of the cause. If it was the gas cap the check engine light should stay off. Your best bet is to go to an auto parts store and have them read the code. Then give the code to Ed, who should be able to tell what the code means. Good luck.

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