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Hi all,

Started my 2.2 Civic up tonight when heading home from my girlfriends and got a nasty looking warning light on my dash!

Bit of background for you. I bought the car just over a month ago, done 1,100 miles in it since (about 20 miles a day commuting, along with a 200 or so mile motorway trip). A lot of my commute is traffic, but it's mostly flowing traffic until the last 10 minutes.

I've had no problems with lack of power or anything up until now.

Started the car tonight to head home as I said and the dash lit up like in the video below. I checked the owners manual and it says to restart the car three times and that may fix the problem. Did that and the lights still come up. The manual advises to take the car to a dealer now.

Before I do that I was wondering if any of you guys might have any ideas?

Basically, this light came on and I drove home (2 miles tops). There is a noticeable lack of power now this light has come on, I was in third with my foot on the floor and the car was barely pulling away. There also seems to be a whining noise coming from the drivers side of the engine. I popped the hood and I couldn't see anything that had come loose and the fan belt looks to be working fine.

Here is a video of the lights and what the whining noise sounds like (may have to turn up your volume if you cant hear it)
Check System Engine Warning Light - YouTube
If you need me to rev the engine longer let me know, I didn't want to sit there revving outside my house at 2am!

Thanks for any help guys, and sorry for the wall of text!
 

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Sorry for the bump, but nobody has any ideas?

If it helps, before I used it yesterday the car was standing for about 27 hours.

No garages open today so unless I can get it remedied today somehow it looks like I'm taking the bus to work :(

Thanks again for any help.
 

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loss of power

Certainly sounds as though the turbo pressure is being lost prior to entering the engine,
As Stoney suggests a popped or leaking pipe
 

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Thanks for the replies guys!

Firstly, will using that MICU diagnostics tell me the error codes it's throwing up? Or is it used just to reset the system? Obviously I don't want to be resetting the system and losing the error codes!

Secondly, I have uploaded another video where you can hear the whining sound a bit better, link is below:
Engine noises when revving - YouTube
How does the engine sound to you guys when it's idle (nearer the end of the video)

Does this still sound like a pipe to you guys? That might explain the lack of power I had last night when the engine was cold, and how the whining is only heard when revving. I took her out just and the light is still on, but she did have power when she warmed up a little, though now thinking about it, probably not as much as usual.

Hearing you guys saying it might just be a pipe has put my mind at ease somewhat!

Thanks!
 

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+1 check the pipes at the front face (right side) of the engine.
Theres 2x 2" rubber boost pipes there.
One connects to the inlet manifold from the right.
One connects below it.
Make sure they are tight and connected.

Also...there is a 80mm pipe at the back that connect to the side of the airbox and feeds the turbo.
The MAF sensor is plugged in to the top of the airbox next to it.
If this pipe is loose or disconected air will be sucked in from the engine bay instead of drawing air past the MAF sensor and through the filter/airbox.
The MAF sensor will therefore throw an error.

Your airbox sounds rather loud in the cabin for a standard car.
 

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"Check System" warning

Hi guys,
The same warning has began appearing on my MK8 Civic (2006 1.4L petrol). I have tried restarting it several times but the warning remains after 4 days.
I have read online that it might be caused by a failure of the engine temperature sensor. I have looked at the engine block but can't see where the ETS might be located. Has anyone got amy ideas? Many thanks, Colly
 

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Have you read the on board diagnostic error codes? Or are you guessing?

The Lings website has exploded diagrams that help you understand component fit/etc.
 
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