When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on
It's usually accompanied by a OH NO feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting the car dealer to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.
The Check Engine light — more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) — is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong.
Prior to 1996, carmakers had their own engine diagnostic systems, primarily to ensure their cars were compliant with Environmental Protection Agency pollution-control requirements. Starting with model-year 1996, automakers standardized their systems under a protocol called OBD-II, which stipulated a standardized list of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) and mandated that all cars provide a universal connector to access this information. It's usually located under the steering column and is easy to access.
Deciphering the Code
The Inspectors can buy inexpensive code readers that connect to this standardized onboard diagnostics (OBD) port and search for the code's meaning on Web sites such as Engine Light Help. The Check Engine light can even be turned off by some code readers, even though this action alone does not actually repair the underlying problem. In many such cases the light will simply come back on later.
Experts say that many drivers confuse the "service required" light on the gauge cluster for the Check Engine light. These warning lights are unrelated. The service required light just means the car is due for an oil change or other routine maintenance. It is not the indicator of trouble that the Check Engine light is.
Check Engine lights come in orange, yellow or amber, depending on the manufacturer. If the light begins flashing, however, it indicates a more serious problem, such as a misfire that can quickly overheat the catalytic converter. These emissions devices operate at high temperatures to cut emissions, but can pose a fire hazard if faulty.
If your smart phone is a Apple product Look in the itunes store under OBD Car Doctor or Fuzzy Codes, there are a few available. Look at the Google play store if your phone is a Droid there are a few free ones available there.
2008 Porsche Cayenne
Verified the drive-shaft center support/carrier bearing bushing is split all the way through. As a result, the shaft is moving excessively and causing a loud clunking on acceleration. Verified the bearing/bushing is not available separately. No physical damage or other failures seen or demonstrated.
Inspectors opinion of the cause of failure = Material failure of the drive-shaft center support bearing.
A Relaxing Celebration
Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
A Holiday for Workers
A New York City carpenter named Peter McGuire is credited for coming up the idea for Labor Day. In 1872, after working many long hours under poor conditions, McGuire rallied 100,000 workers to go on strike. The workers marched through the streets of New York City, demanding a better work environment.
McGuire spent a decade fighting for worker's rights. In 1882, he proposed the idea to create a special holiday for workers. On Tuesday, September 5, 1882, more than 10,000 workers hit the streets of New York City for the first ever Labor Day parade. Two years later the celebration was moved to the first Monday in September. And in 1894, the United States Congress passed a law making Labor Day a national holiday.
Bank of America Corp:
Is closing two Cleveland-area locations, laying off a total of more than 1,000 employees who work in home loan fulfillment and consumer banking services.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based firm recently disclosed 543 Fresno, Calif., layoffs; 469 Newark N.J. terminations; 113 Addison, Texas, job cuts; and 411 North Texas layoffs.
In addition, BofA recently notified 209 Upper St. Clair, Pa., employees that they would be let go, while 53 Central Florida employees were recently given pink slips.
The latest casualties involve several mortgage operations centers, including a mortgage fulfillment center in Beachwood, Ohio, that handles Home Affordable Refinance Program production, an impacted employee told Mortgage Daily.
Around 700 employees are impacted by the latest round of job cuts, according to the employee.