2013 VW Golf, 2.5L

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Old 01-21-21, 08:13 AM
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2013 VW Golf, 2.5L

One year after purchase the dash commanded us to get service.
Three years after purchase the check engine light came on.
We did nothing and that was years ago.

What's your take on this?
 
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Old 01-21-21, 10:36 PM
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Usually the "get service" or "service reqrd" light means an oil change is due.
It's just a timed message and doesn't actually do anything.

Check engine means that a fault has been stored in the vehicle computer.
You can go to most larger automotive stores and they'll read it for free.
 
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Old 01-22-21, 07:14 AM
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Old 01-22-21, 07:26 AM
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Thanks, guys.

Finally went to a small shop to get the OBD code read.
His $10k scanner collected data for an hour and finally we both gave up.
I'm waiting for a Haynes Chilton manual to come out on this car. I had to wait 10 years on a manual for our Subaru.

I will try to get that oil change video out of my head! Anybody know what language they were speaking?

 
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Old 01-22-21, 08:15 PM
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Language of oil never changed. Does it matter? Results are same, regardless if you speak Swahili or Bantu or Mandarin.
 
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Old 01-23-21, 05:36 AM
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I recommend that you clear all codes. Then read the new code next time you get a check engine light.
The service light is a separate system from check engine. You should also clear the service light.
You'll need a scanner to clear the ODB codes, but you can clear the service light yourself. Look for "Volkswagen Service Recommended Indicator" videos.
 
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VW and Audi have a much more detailed diagnostic system than the basic one mandated by law. You can use the OBD reader but the VAGCOM system will tell you more. Look for an independent VW or Audi repair shop and have them read your stored codes.

As suggested you you may want to read the codes, then clear them and drive for a day and then read them again. Often codes show up once and do not require immediate attention. But ones that come back are you want to pay attention to.
 
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Old 01-23-21, 07:56 AM
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Thanks, folks, come spring I'll find a shop.
 
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Old 01-24-21, 07:49 AM
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Be advised there are some issues that can get much more costly if ignored for long periods. For example, oxygen sensors that cause too much fuel can eventually foul catalytic converters. Repairing the issue sooner might be cheaper. Also agree that many issues can be ignored for long time without significant repercussions. Other can be difficult to pin down until they get worse. Finding out what trouble codes are causing the CEL should not cost much if anything. Then decide when to address with this info would be prudent.
 
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Old 01-24-21, 09:45 AM
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if the light is currently on would expect you should be able to get a code from it but not really clear by the original post if the light is on now or it came on years ago for a bit if its not on now I wouldnt probably be to concerned about it.
 
 

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