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    Default Spanner and Car light when ignition is on

    Hi,

    Just completed a long journey towing a trailer and when I re-started the car after dropping the trailer off, I noticed the "car and spanner" light was on when the ignition was turned on. It goes out a few seconds after the car starts as does the MIL. I did not notice any fault lights coming on at any point when I was towing!

    I've checked for any fault codes using an ELM327 and OBDScanII but nothing is logged.

    From what I gather, if the spanner is lit but then goes out when car is started this means that the fault logged is non critical.

    So - anyone know how I can read this with the ELM and also put the light out? Is there a generic command I can issue over the terminal window to extinguish the light (The software doesn't let me clear it as it can't detect the MIL light is on or any faults logged)? I'd kind of like to know what the fault was but also just want to put the thing out...

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    Ali.

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    Could be the glow plugs if there are fault codes stored. If it's not difficult to start then is probably as you say - it's probably old codes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    Could be the glow plugs if there are fault codes stored. If it's not difficult to start then is probably as you say - it's probably old codes.

    Gazza4
    Would it even try and power the glow plugs when engine was hot tho (I thought it was fairely clever and only actually powered the plugs if the ambient temperature was low)? I re-started it maybe 10 mins after driving long distance so engine was still hot.

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    Don't know if it checks some components for faults on startup though.

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    Didn't manage to read the fault code but was able to issue a mode 04 command via ELM scan which turned off the spanner light - I guess I'll just have to wait and see if it happens again. Coudln't bring myself to go to the stealers again.....

    It may have been something to do with the fact I unplugged the trailer board when the engine was running and lights were on (car has the trailer lighting module installed) which could have done something weird...

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