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Old 06-15-2003, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default flashing cel? I am confused...

Ok I am close to 60000 miles (57,100 to be exact) and have had the same plugs in since my 30k mile svc..Yea thats not great, but I am waiting to do everything at once. like replace my plugs and wires + the rest of the svc.

Anyways, what I am thinking is that when it blinked at me 5-10 times on the highway and misterously vanished is a misfire code? Am I correct to assume this?

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Old 06-15-2003, 07:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like one....go to AutoZone and get the code pulled for free.

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Old 06-16-2003, 12:43 AM   #3
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Well there is no cel, it flashed for 5-10 seconds once a second...and hasnt come back. can you get that pulled?

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Old 06-16-2003, 01:38 AM   #4
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FLASHING CEL = POSSIBLE ENGINE DAMAGE!!!


Mine did it when the ignition pack went bad. Also a plug wire went bad too.


Avoid driving the car before fixing this, if possible. It might be a simple thing like a loose plug wire, it might be as bad as your ignition coil. Look under the hood at nighttime (away from streetlights, you want it as dark as possible), you'll probably be able to see blue sparks arcing along the plug wire(s).

If you've got a digicam, please take a picture, it's really cool-looking. Or videotape, that would be awesome too,


good luck,
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Old 06-16-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
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mmmk...well its not flashing a cel anymore, is it still doing something bad? There doesnt seem to be anything wrong with the car imo, she seems to be driving like normal...

Ill check it out tonight tho.

Oh and i cant avoid driving my car everyday...something called work .

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ps: at what milage did your coilpack/wire go bad?

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Old 06-16-2003, 09:18 AM   #6
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Well there is no cel, it flashed for 5-10 seconds once a second...and hasnt come back. can you get that pulled?
Yes you can (and should) get that code pulled. Everytime a CEL light is triggered a code is stored in the computer. If the light goes out, the code will still be stored there until the computer is reset or the code pulled and cleared.

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Old 06-16-2003, 09:39 AM   #7
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FLASHING CEL = POSSIBLE ENGINE DAMAGE!!!

I agree flashing cell = bad.
I wouldn't wait on doing your tune-up. Just be sure to note the milage in your log, and compensate accordingly.
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Old 06-16-2003, 11:58 PM   #8
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Yes you can (and should) get that code pulled. Everytime a CEL light is triggered a code is stored in the computer. If the light goes out, the code will still be stored there until the computer is reset or the code pulled and cleared.

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Thanks,
I have heard alot of stories on that .

BTW, an update:

There was corrosion on my #3 wire and coil pack plug, so I took sandpaper and cleaned it off. I need new wires and plugs tho asap.

Thanks for the help.

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My problem happened around 27,000 miles , if I remember correctly. I'm at 53,000 now.

That reminds me, I should change my plug wires soon...


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Old 06-17-2003, 11:21 PM   #10
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Just ordered NGK wires and NGK iridium plugs...around 100 bux before shipping.

I got priority shipping, more like: 'it gets there when it gets there' .

Yippie the RS project continues...I gotta install door hinges, sti v6 springs, and do my 60k svc and get an alignment..almost ready to start autoxing............ AGAIN .

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Old 07-06-2003, 10:20 AM   #11
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Well I am still waiting on my wires to get here. The first place I ordered them from (clubplug.net) didnt tell me they were back ordered until 3 weeks of ordering them, so I cancelled that order. I bought some vitek (sp?) wires from Eric @ airborne a week ago...

Anyways, I am still getting the flashing cel, it flashes 20-25 times and does it every 25-30 minutes on the highway if I am on a 'long' trip.

Doesnt autozone pull codes for free?

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If the CEL flashes to indicate an active misfire but never goes on steadily, there may not be any codes stored. This isn't good for your car at all, it should be fixed ASAP but you already know that.
Autozone does do free scans but not in all states, they have stopped doing it in CA although they still do it here in NY AFAIK. No idea about Georgia.
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If the CEL flashes to indicate an active misfire but never goes on steadily, there may not be any codes stored. This isn't good for your car at all, it should be fixed ASAP but you already know that.
Autozone does do free scans but not in all states, they have stopped doing it in CA although they still do it here in NY AFAIK. No idea about Georgia.
great... yea i know it is horrible for my car , but I cant repair a damaged plug wire...i might as well buy a new stocker for the #3 cylinder. I have new ones on the way, I just dunno when they will be here.

When it flashes, I try to get off the throttle and out of gear. It always happens on the highway on longer than normal trips...i guess when its at a constant rpm.

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Old 07-08-2003, 05:36 PM   #14
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Well I got my vitek wires today, they look really nice. I put them all on and I thought I would unplug one on the coil pack, and in doing so part of the inside piece got left on the coil pack , so maybe they arent made that great after all.

Ill post up if they give me any probs.

So far, no cel..

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