Join Date: May 2016
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
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Dealer suspected an electrical connection was bad somewhere, but can't find anything. STAR wanted them to keep it overnight, in hopes that the CEL might happen again for them in the AM. Told them thanks but no thanks -- if it happens in the AM I can just drive it down to them right then and there -- with the CEL still illuminated on the dash. That has happened many times already and each time I *have* done that they've been able to find nothing. Most often they can't even pull a code.
My only contribution (other than frustration) has been to explain to the dealer that I have a very steep driveway, and the CEL almost always appears first thing in the AM after being parked on that steep grade all night. I've never actually gotten the CEL when driving -- only after a startup. A few of these have been when out boondocking, after creeping up or down a steep grade to get into or out of camp. Thus I asked if it was possible that there was an air bubble trapped in the clutch somewhere, that is migrating elsewhere when the van is inclined steeply. Service writer had no real idea, and I didn't get to talk to a tech.
All I've got. Open to other ideas.