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Old 06-25-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Tried to check my diag codes - weird result

I have another question.

I read the sticky about checking for any stored codes via the On key + 5 accel presses.
I followed the procedure and seems to get a strange result.

The Check Engine Light (CEL) flashed to start.
Then it gave a long flash a pause and then a quick flash.
It seems to just repeat this pattern over and over. long flash - long pause, quick flash, long pause - repeat.

Am I just reading it wrong?
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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Thats the procedure for OBDI cars.

The CEL should flash, followed by a pause, then the flashes for the code (if any). Theirs a couple youtube videos on it, so you can see what it looks like.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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Ok, thank you.
The procedure did seem to activate a diagnostic mode (lots of clicking and such) plus the blinking CEL. But I'm going to go with no codes = good.
I don't have any reason to suspect a code, just checking.

By your response I take it mine may not be OBDI?

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Old 06-26-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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No yours is OBDI. I was saying that you were correct in that the procedure you used was correct.

Pre 1995 is OBDI. 1996 and newer is OBDII
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Thanks.

In other news, some emery cloth, a few new bulbs, and dielectric grease seems to have cleared up my rear light gremlins.

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