Saving check engine light history

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There's a 2 year old thread about this, but I wanted to emphasize that this is pretty important. For instance, I recently received 2 warning light codes from Automatic, and one that said "unable to diagnose problem." I knew what one of the problems was (loose gas cap), and cleared the engine light through Automatic. But I thought that the codes would stay somewhere, and I didn't record what one of the codes was. I really think that you should keep the codes that are sent, if not in the app, definitely in the online dashboard.

Also why not pass the code that ripped the warning, instead of "unable to diagnose problem?"

Thanks again!
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Stanley Rowin

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The functionality that you're looking for already exists. They built the app to work with IFTTT. Even a small amount of effort into figuring out IFTTT will get your check engine log up and running. It only took about five minutes when I did it.
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Thanks Unsantae, but I don't use Google Docs, and if I remember that was how the data was output. Also there's the little issue of privacy. To use IFTTT you have to allow it to access almost all your personal data. Do they really need access to my contact list? 

Ideally it should come directly from Automatic, without handing off to third party software . . .
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Beggars can't be choosers. Automatic has given you a solution, you are refusing to use it because of a misunderstanding about privacy on the internet.  That seems a bit shortsighted to me.

Linking IFTTT to certain services requires linking contacts, but not all. I'm fairly certain linking to Google Docs alone only requests access to spreadsheets. Plus if you check you google security settings, you can turn off access at any time to any number of services on an app by app basis.

This whole forum is a bunch of people telling Automatic how terrible their product is because it doesn't do one super specific thing that they wish it would, and most of the time it does!  Unfortunately the requestor can't be bothered to do a quick search of the forum, or doesn't feel like implementing the solution that already exists.  That is hardly Automatic's fault.
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I think this reply is a little uncalled for. 

I guess you didn’t notice that I thanked both you and Automatic (not ironically by the way). I posted my message in the “share idea” area, thinking that I was, well, sharing an idea.  I don’t see myself as a beggar, but someone with ideas that will improve the app.  Nowhere in any post have I ever even implied how “terrible their product is.” “. . .emphasize that this is pretty important” is what I said, and I don’t read that as criticism, but a suggestion. 

I don’t use Google apps, not because of “misunderstanding about privacy on the internet.” The reason is not an issue. The issue is improving the Automatic user’s experience and brand.

“Unfortunately the requestor can't be bothered to do a quick search of the forum” Well look at my first line: “There's a 2 year old thread about this . . .” I did my due diligence before posting.

I do think that the Automatic staff posting here are some of the best, and most positive corporate people I’ve seen on the Internet, and they should all be complimented. And I do.  I thank them on all my posts.

Suggesting product improvements seems to be encouraged here. So I think you are off base and painting with too broad a brush in your criticism.

I also my posts with my real name. I’m not making anonymous posts.
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Thanks for chiming in, Stanley. As you mentioned, this idea has been "planned" for quite awhile now, but this is a feature we're planning to add in a future update (here's a link to the related idea topic). We don't have an ETA at this time, and the reason why we haven't implemented it yet is that other development has taken priority.

Until this feature is implemented, you can send a message to our tech support team, and they can look up recent "Check Engine" light codes for you. Just send the approximate date in which the code appeared to help@automatic.com, and someone will get back to you.

Also, the app can only read and interpret "Check Engine" light codes that are generically formatted, so it's possible that one of the engine code that triggered your light was a manufacturer specific code.

I hope this helps, and thanks again for the continued support :)
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Thank you Tom!

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