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    Thread: What real life engine does the Check Engine light most resemble?

    1. Member Hawk's Avatar
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      10-03-2012 11:49 PM #1
      It's not a flat-6 that's for sure. I noticed it's a consistent icon in all cars. Sometimes it's got a lightning bolt through it, but other than that it's always the same.

      So, which real life engine does it most resemble by it's outline? I figure it's something from the 70s because it's got a big circular air filter on top. But hey what do I know. Guesses?

      For reference here's the icon in several different cars. Always the same.








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      10-03-2012 11:51 PM #2
      An inline four from 1930s
      The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out
      What you on about ?

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      10-03-2012 11:54 PM #3
      looks like some generic V8

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      10-03-2012 11:56 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      An inline four from 1930s
      Hmmm.... not quite seeing the resemblance.




      1930s GM inline 4

    5. 10-03-2012 11:57 PM #5
      Looks an awful lot like a small block chevy to me...


      ...but it would have to be something with a mechanical fan.
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      10-03-2012 11:57 PM #6
      This is how I know it's not a Flat-6. Doesn't look like this.


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      10-03-2012 11:58 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Benkennedy11 View Post
      Looks an awful lot like a small block chevy to me...
      That's pretty close. Did some of them come with fans on the front?

    8. 10-03-2012 11:58 PM #8
      My, I mean, your Cayman hasn't thrown a CEL, has it?
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      No, the real enthusiast vehicle would be the RX8. It combines V12 Lamborghini gas mileage with Hyundai Genesis 4cyl. performance.

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      10-03-2012 11:59 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      My, I mean, your Cayman hasn't thrown a CEL, has it?
      Nope. All good. Just thought about it the other day when all the lights come on when you start it.

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      10-04-2012 12:05 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      My, I mean, your Cayman hasn't thrown a CEL, has it?
      Caymans don't throw codes, they throw their internals all over the road without warning or provocation.

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      10-04-2012 12:09 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      This is how I know it's not a Flat-6. Doesn't look like this.

      So it's a flat 4 then

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      10-04-2012 12:12 AM #12
      I know the meaning (never happened to me) but not the engine.

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      10-04-2012 12:17 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Benkennedy11 View Post
      Looks an awful lot like a small block chevy to me...


      ...but it would have to be something with a mechanical fan.
      thats what i think of everytime i see it

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      10-04-2012 12:34 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      That's pretty close. Did some of them come with fans on the front?
      They all had a fan behind the radiator. I've always thought small block when I see the light too.


    15. 10-04-2012 12:36 AM #15
      The icon seems to indicate an attached fan in front and an air cleaner on top. Those aren't distinguishing characteristics among any older engines though...

      Wouldn't you guess it is made to look as generic as possible?
      call it potatography

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      10-04-2012 12:41 AM #16
      Does the Leaf have a Check Motor light?
      :gift:

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      10-04-2012 12:57 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      Hmmm.... not quite seeing the resemblance.




      1930s GM inline 4
      That's an industrial 6 cylinder diesel....
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    18. 10-04-2012 01:07 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      Does the Leaf have a Check Motor light?
      Apparently it has a Check Engine light.

      call it potatography

    19. 10-04-2012 01:15 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      That's pretty close. Did some of them come with fans on the front?



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      10-04-2012 01:52 AM #20
      All VW's engine.
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      10-04-2012 04:00 AM #21
      I always thought it looked like a flathead V8:


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      10-04-2012 07:10 AM #22
      holy crap, that flathead v8 is a perfect fit.

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      10-04-2012 07:22 AM #23
      A thread about what engine the check engine light resembles...

      I'll go ahead and say it...TCL has jumped the shark.



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      10-04-2012 07:40 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by RollingInDubs View Post
      A thread about what engine the check engine light resembles...

      I'll go ahead and say it...TCL has jumped the shark.



      According to "What happened to TCL?" thread from five years ago, this place jumped the shark in the mid 2000s.

      Change is the only constant.

      And when was the engine profile CEL first used?
      My 70's domestic vehicles just had a rectangular light with [Check Engine] text.
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      10-04-2012 07:42 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      holy crap, that flathead v8 is a perfect fit.
      IDK- the CEL engine profile looks like a more modern overhead valve configuration with only the carb and air filter sitting on top.
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      10-04-2012 07:51 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by RollingInDubs View Post
      A thread about what engine the check engine light resembles. I'll go ahead and say it...TCL has jumped the shark.
      I think it would be jumping the shark if we were talking about modifying the check engine light icon. 'Yo check out what i did to my check engine light!'


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      10-04-2012 08:13 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      This is how I know it's not a Flat-6. Doesn't look like this.
      http://media.caranddriver.com/images...s-1280x782.jpg
      This is how I know it's not a Radial. Doesn't look like this.

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      10-04-2012 08:18 AM #28
      Fun story: My wife was driving home one day and asked me why the helicopter light came on. I could not for the life of me figure out what she was talking about.

      She thought the CEL looked like a cartoon helicopter.

      I laughed and laughed.

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    29. 10-04-2012 10:47 AM #29
      ^^

      Hahahahaha!

      My wife did something similar. The front left parking light bulb is out on my GTI. The MFD indicates that on start-up, and then the failed bulb warning light stays on. My wife and I had switched cars a couple of weeks agostopped the car, called me, and asked me what she should do, if it was safe to drive. I asked her why? She said there was a warning light that looks like an exploding bomb and thought maybe it meant the engine was going to blow up.

      I laughed and laughed.
      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      No, the real enthusiast vehicle would be the RX8. It combines V12 Lamborghini gas mileage with Hyundai Genesis 4cyl. performance.

    30. 10-04-2012 10:51 AM #30
      I always think SBC when I see one.

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      10-04-2012 10:55 AM #31
      The red dashboard warning lights mean stop immediately while the orange ones mean you can keep driving but should get it checked out as soon as possible. Makes sense.

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      10-04-2012 11:01 AM #32
      offtopic :


      it has been determined the gas cap light was modeled after the sweedish chef.






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    33. 10-04-2012 11:05 AM #33
      It looks like everything I've tried to draw on an etch a sketch.

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