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Old 11-16-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Kill Check Engine Light - How to?

Hey guys n Gals,

Have had no joy fixing whatevre problem has made my CEL come on and I have decided to make my peace with it and just kill the light. I heard due to it being an LED it cant be killed but it can be covered over/blacked out. Has anyone got any info on how I can do this? I don't mean like get a felt and draw black marker over the plastic cover I am interested in doing it nicely so it looks good.

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Old 11-16-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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haha by the way sorry its a 2000 e46 318i
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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Scan for codes and reset it. Removing the LED bulb is I dunno...
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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My mechanic covered it over but didnt do a very good job and i want to re-do it but not sure how he did it
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:16 PM   #5
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Hmm. Search around for DIS v44. I think that will lead to your answers.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:46 PM   #6
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Seriously? Just fix the problem dude.
One day your car will **** the bed and that check engine light will be your only warning.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:48 PM   #7
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I have spent over $3000 driving all over the country for the last 3 months trying to fix it. Anyway previous to 2000 what did cars do without CEL? If its something serious I think the light coming on will be the least of my worries
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:58 PM   #8
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My mechanic covered it over but didnt do a very good job and i want to re-do it but not sure how he did it
Wow your mechanic cannot fix your car, and was willing to cover up the SES light, but failed at that as well?
Fire your mechanic.

Do not cover or disable the light, scan it, report back, learn, and fix it.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:08 AM   #9
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Check engine lights go way farther back than 2000.????

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:12 AM   #10
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I have spent over $3000 driving all over the country for the last 3 months trying to fix it. Anyway previous to 2000 what did cars do without CEL? If its something serious I think the light coming on will be the least of my worries
My '88 has a check engine light as well as various other sensors. Do your homework. Get someone who knows what they're doing to fix your car.
Don't take that personally.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:30 AM   #11
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You might to give it one more chance before throwing the towel. However, if you still want to kill the light...
Can't you just open up the instrument cluster and disconnect?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:58 AM   #12
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Ha... the car got you to spend $3000 and carted you all around the country because it was looking for a new owner and you didn't take the hint. (Shakes head) so it' still on!
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:28 AM   #13
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Scan for codes, Clear Codes, If any.

Change LED for CEL.

And if those dont work. Sell Car, buy new one.
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e46s are not THAT complicated lol. what are your codes.....
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^+1, its really not that hard to sort these cars out.

90% of the problems are rotten vacuum lines and bad gaskets on a 10+ year old car! The other problems are usually overlooked problems or aftermarket crappy sensors. The most common problems are with aftermarket MAF's under reporting airflow. Most of these problems can be visually identified and corrected cheaply and easily, there are DIY's going on all the time here.

Spend your money on software or a scan tool to read your own codes and get advice from here. Between $35-$80 is all you need to spend on software or a decent scan tool.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:51 AM   #16
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fix the damn problem with the car instead of trying to hide it under the carpet.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #17
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Hey guys n Gals,

Have had no joy fixing whatevre problem has made my CEL come on and I have decided to make my peace with it and just kill the light. I heard due to it being an LED it cant be killed but it can be covered over/blacked out. Has anyone got any info on how I can do this? I don't mean like get a felt and draw black marker over the plastic cover I am interested in doing it nicely so it looks good.

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You sh*ttin me? You want to do a Homer Simpson on your CEL? Give the car to someone who cares and buy a push bike.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #18
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My mechanic covered it over but didnt do a very good job and i want to re-do it but not sure how he did it
Your "mechanic" wear a cowboy hat? If he doesn't he should do.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:39 AM   #19
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The LED is not possible to remove.

edit: Unless you want to open up your gauge cluster, remove the needles and gauge face, remove the cluster's circuit board from the plastic backing, and desolder the LED from the board. Seems like a big waste of time to me.

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Old 11-17-2012, 11:52 AM   #20
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I have spent over $3000 driving all over the country for the last 3 months trying to fix it. Anyway previous to 2000 what did cars do without CEL? If its something serious I think the light coming on will be the least of my worries
Dude - first of all,

Second - If the light staying on is the least of your worries, why even bother with the light anymore given the time and labor involved in monkeying with the IP console..?

Why do I sense an ulterior motive here? Seriously, you can't be up to any good with what you're trying to do and you should be ashamed of asking forum members for help in this..

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