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    CEL after oil change/tire rotation

    Hey guys

    Wanting to get some feedback here. Just got a CEL after changing my oil and rotating my tires on my 2011 eco. I haven't checked the code yet, but will be running by autozone after work today.

    I have 53k miles on the car and have changed and rotated the tires muliple times without any problem

    If anything pops out that it could be, let me know!!

    I checked the oil level and it was at the top line.

    Will the CEL come on with too much/too little oil?
    Will rotating tires set off the CEL?

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    ...if the oil cap isn't 100% seated, it can cause a CEL to occur.

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    ...read this Dec-2011 GM TechLink article:

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    is that something that when it's solved, the light will reset?

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    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    ...read this Dec-2011 GM TechLink article:

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    • NOTE - see GM service bulletin PI0552 = loose oil cap or dipstick not fully seated throws CEL and DTC P0171.
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    If you have OnStar, give them a call (press the button) and tell them you have an engine light and you would like them to tell you what the code is and what it means. If you have a trifecta cable you can also see the codes.
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    should have kept onstar, but I have AAA too --- now it would come in handy

    I'll run by autozone after work and they can tell me what it is and hopefully clear it up

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Duck View Post
    should have kept onstar, but I have AAA too --- now it would come in handy

    I'll run by autozone after work and they can tell me what it is and hopefully clear it up

    Thanks guys
    I was under the impression onstar was for life except you had to pay for the turn-by-turn directions.

    Autozone told me a few months ago they stopped doing code scans. Do they still do scans where you are?

    Did you change the oil yourself or did you have a shop do it? If a shop, take it to them and tell them to figure it out.
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    Yeah after the initial 6 months, the charged me for turn by turn and the safe and sound package ... I kept the safe and sound package for a months but decided to ditch that

    I think the safe and sound package is 19 a month and if you want to add the turn by turn then it's 29 a month.

    Haven't been to autozone for a CEL check in quite some time, so I'm hoping they do ... If not then there are a few other places I could check

    I do do the maintenance myself, so it's up to me -- I'm thinking that it is very possibly the oil cap not being tight because if I recall it does sort of 'click' twice before it's fully tight

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70AARCUDA View Post
    ...read this Dec-2011 GM TechLink article:

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    You're most likely 100% correct but it's still a good idea to get the code.
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    California mechanics pushed a bill that would eliminate folks being able to get their codes read at parts stores since the stores were apparently stealing too much of their business when folks DIY'ed. I'm not sure if it passed or not.

    If the AZ scanner can't read CAN, it's useless anyhow. A cheap CAN scanner with live data is $60-80. Well worth the money, just for stuff like this.

    Re-seat the oil dipstick firmly, and re-seat the oil fill cap. Once that's done, unhooking the negative terminal on the battery for 15 minutes will clear the code. I hope your inspection isn't due for a while, though, since that resets all the emissions monitors.
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