Originally Posted by Zenmervolt
So far in this thread you have:
(1) Admitted to ignoring the check engine light for an unknown number of miles.
(2) Ignored the responses given.
(3) Posted a video of you intentionally abusing a car that you knew to be malfunctioning (it's just plain stupid to beat on the car as you did to force the problem to show up).
(4) Driven over 1,000 miles in a car where you thought the alternator was failing for no legitimate reason.
Just from what you've said in this thread it's abundantly clear that you're not terribly mechanically sensitive and you don't make the best decisions on how to deal with things even when you know that the car is malfunctioning.
No-one likes to hear it, but when a car starts having problems all the time, the fault almost always lies with the owner.
1) No shops in California would show me the CEL codes for free. I called over 10! I'm not going to pay $80 for an OBD scanner (Which is the only ones available in store). I had a passenger at the time and couldn't just stop at some random place for a day while a mechanic looks over the car. Similarly, I already explained that I didn't think it was an catalytic converter code. I figured it was the same CEL code from the having messed around with the radio wires (Did you not read this thread and my explanation on that?). It was unfortunate that about 5 different things broke on the way down (Not from bad maintenance or unawareness of the car's condition either. More of bad luck and shit coming loose (Which is because of bad luck. I made more than sure that things were quite more than adequately tight when I installed the new alternator).).
2) Some were not helpful (and wrong), like yours now.
3) Abusing the car? Hardly. If I was redlining the whole time, then that would be abuse. I wasn't even close. I was trying to hear the problem because I was trying to figure out where it was coming from and what was causing it. I did the video to get some help diagnosing it. Just about EVERYONE got it wrong.
4) And yeah, I didn't have an option. Drive vs not drive. How else was I supposed to get home? I didn't have any tools on hand and the problem seemed to only occur at lower RPM (so I figured loose belt (which I tightened later) or something else is loose or the alternator can't put out the juice at low RPM for some other reason) I'll just let you know this: Almost exclusively no mechanic shops are open from Dec 22-25. And the one I did get my car repaired at wasn't going to be open until after new years. I wasn't going to wait around and pay hundreds of dollars in staying somewhere, another car to drive meanwhile, and so forth.
I need suggestions on OBD2 bluetooth scanners and not your bullshit tirades that don't belong here.