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Old 07-18-2002, 11:38 PM   #1
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i got a CEL about 15 minutes ago. i had been driving for about 10 minutes, not hard driving just driving, and as im coasting through a parking lot at about 10mph with the clutch in and the engine idling, a CEL pops up. the car was before, and is now running like normal. no strange sounds or smells. i checked all fluid levels and the tightness of all my caps including gas cap, but nothing. i probably havent had my car over 4000 rpm since saturday night at the track, even then i only made 4 runs, 2 on nitrous, and it wasnt anything i havent done a million times before, so im completely dumbfounded as to what could be causing this.

so i wanna know if theres any way i can "get the code" without a diagnostic tool, and if anyone on here can check it for me?
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:20 PM   #2
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Nope, you'll need a scan tool. Just take it to a dearership. On my old buick, I could just jump a few pins, and see how many time the light flashes. Depending on count, etc, you'd be able to tell what the CEL was on for. But with our cars....I don't think you can do that.
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Old 07-19-2002, 12:46 PM   #3
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Doesnt kragen do free code checks?
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Old 07-20-2002, 01:46 AM   #4
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You can also take your car to Autozone, (if they have any by you) and they will get your code for you for free. Or, if you just happen to be planning a trip to Michigan I can pull the code for you

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Old 07-20-2002, 03:20 AM   #5
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well i guess the car decided it was okay now cuz it turned the light off by itself

come to think of it, it came on right after i put my first couple gallons of 87 octane in about 3 months, and right after i put some more 91 in, it backfired like hell for a minute then smoothed out and turned off. perhaps the ecu was "used" to the higher octane, and when i ran those couple of gallons of low octane, it developed a little knock, setting off the light?
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Old 07-20-2002, 06:31 AM   #6
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Even though the light is now out there is still a code stored in there and you should get it scanned to see for sure what caused it. When the light goes out it just means the problem that caused it to come on has not occured for three consecutive driving cycles.
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