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WARNING LIGHT!!! HELP PLEASE!!!!

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by gumball3000, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. gumball3000

    gumball3000 Formula Junior

    Dec 17, 2003
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    OK....So I picked my F355 up on the 23rd and this morning......

    SLOW DOWN 1-4 comes on

    The manual seems to suggest a cat problem...

    Anyone got any ideas? I am driving myself nuts here!

    Merry Christmas by the way!!!!!

    Ed
     
  2. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
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    Dec 23, 2002
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    Does your car still have the cats on? mine were removed when tubi was fitted... have you attempted to re-start car since warning light came on.sometimes these things just seem to right themselves. if you are still having probs, i suggest you post this msg on main discussion board and someone will help. sorry i can't be of more use .
    good luck
    tony
    ps. i assume you phoned the dealership to let them know?
     
  3. gumball3000

    gumball3000 Formula Junior

    Dec 17, 2003
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    Tony

    Merry Christmas!

    No one in at the dealers today! The car starts fine but after a few seconds it seems to retard the ignition and the light comes back on. I will try again shortly. I am wondering if the cat has got wet?

    Taking them off may be a good plan for future reference!

    I will let you know how I get on!

    Ed
     
  4. Dale

    Dale F1 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2003
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    Hi Ed sorry to hear youve got the mil light on,
    you are going to have to get the dealer to pick it up,i personally would not drive it till its been code read and rectified by the dealer,they may say its ok drive it down,its only one of many sensor's or a wiring harness fault,as tony said post it on the tech help board you should get the code meaning on there,at the end of the day Ed its a dealer job just a shame they are closed,
    merry christmas
    Dale.
     
  5. gumball3000

    gumball3000 Formula Junior

    Dec 17, 2003
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    Dear All....

    It seems there may have been a temporary glitch....I started the car and let it warm up and there were no problems at all this time. I took her for a quick run up and down after warming her up and she runs like a dream again. Maybe she had a post Xmas Day hangover!!!!

    Tomorrow morning will tell all!!!

    Ed
     
  6. MarkCollins

    MarkCollins F1 Rookie
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    Ed

    It's a common problem normally caused by the insulation breaking down on the Cat ECU's and water/ moisture gets in, there is one per bank, 1 - 4 is mounted on a plate behind the rear wheel arch. It's a 5 min job to change but they are expensive, around £150 a go so get the Dealer to change it as it will never get better only worse. The system can shut the whole bank down if it gets the wrong signals
     
  7. harmitc

    harmitc Karting

    Nov 2, 2003
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    I agree, almost certainly a CAT ecu. You can pull the plug that that connects the ECU to loom & the car will run OK, but the light will remain on. However check with dealer & ask to be talked through the procedure if the service dept can't help before Monday!
     
  8. andrewg

    andrewg F1 Rookie
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    If its post 1995, does it have an OBDII conector?

    If so you may want to get a cable and turn the light off yourself (it sounds daunting at first but its really really simple, you just need a cable, some software (vag-com seems to work) and an hour or two)
     
  9. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
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    Ed ,
    I trust 355 is behaving itself following earlier incident? Any chance of some pics ..... you've had plenty of time to take some !
    Tony
     
  10. gumball3000

    gumball3000 Formula Junior

    Dec 17, 2003
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    Tony!

    Have got the pictures! Unfortunately my photoshop has broken and I cant resize the pics at the moment!

    Will get them up ASAP!!!

    Ed
     
  11. stevep

    stevep F1 Veteran

    Jan 19, 2004
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    did you get this sorted. Mines done the same for about 6 months now. Range dealer and they said to give the car a long run. Light went off after about 7 miles. But comes on itemittently. It has also shut down four cylinders before., but if you pull over and turn ignition off/on it clears. It is a well known fault on 355's and its normally just the cat ecu sensor thats faulty. Just needs replacing. Its 99% of the time this and not the cat thats shafted!

    steve
     
  12. MackemX

    MackemX Rookie

    This may be a stupid question, but is it possible to get the dealer to remove the cats or do you need a whole new exhaust for that?
     
  13. kenyon

    kenyon F1 Rookie

    Oct 7, 2002
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    If you remove the cats you will not have this problem with ECU warning lights coming up. They measure the temperature of the cats.

    Try this method it has worked for many I know.

    Disconnect leads from battery.
    Leave off a few minutes
    Reconnect battery leads.
    Start engine. Dont rev.
    Leave to idle for 10-15 mins.
    No lights should appear.
    Turn off engine.
    Re start and go for a drive.
    No lights should appear.

    I understand this method resets the ecu's.
     
  14. gumball3000

    gumball3000 Formula Junior

    Dec 17, 2003
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    Gentlemen!

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Fortunately the car sorted itself on Boxing Day! All fine, and no problems since!

    Ed
     
  15. wazza

    wazza Formula Junior

    Oct 9, 2003
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    Ed,

    Glad you got it sorted

    Happy driving

    Wazza
     
  16. wazza

    wazza Formula Junior

    Oct 9, 2003
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    Hey Ed,

    I noticed that GPR are advertising for a new sales rep for thier Chiswick store.
    Are you boys getting a bit overworked ?
    or is it that you just new blood for the PS2 game.

    Wazza

    BTW how much are they paying.
     
  17. Dale

    Dale F1 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2003
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    Wazza you been on autosport appointments
    Dale.
     
  18. gumball3000

    gumball3000 Formula Junior

    Dec 17, 2003
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    Not sure how much they are paying! Not enough I would imagine!

    The reason for the position is my impending departure! A the end of the month, to be precise! I am heading off to look at other projects. (i.e no idea!) I was only on a 6 month contract, so I am looking for another consulting job...That is what I do!

    Ed
     

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