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Old 10-17-2004, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default cel flashing HELP!!!

hello everyone im new and need help i own a 96 2.2l impreza and my cel started flashing i had it checked at autozone they say there is no code being shown . Also the emmisions place also said there was no code then it passed emmisions can anybody help?
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Old 10-17-2004, 03:59 PM   #2
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according to my owners manual, it says that it is a transmission issue.

reset you're ECU. see if it comes back, if it does...have a dealership look at the car.

i got mine to flash once, but it was because i almost overheated the tranny, i was in "3" on the shifter doing doughnuts on the ice.....maybe you ae not putting it in OD all the way and it's getting to hot ? or time for a flush ?
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Old 10-17-2004, 06:32 PM   #3
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IIRC flashing CEL's are telling you not to drive the car. A solid CEL is telling you of an issue that needs to be corrcted but flashing I think, think, is rather bad. I could be wrong so don't get overly worried.
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Old 10-17-2004, 06:55 PM   #4
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A flashing CEL on an OBDII (96-up) car indicates a real-time misfire. Unless the CEL eventually stays on steadily it is entirely possible that no code is stored.
Since a sustained misfire condition can overheat and damage the catalytic converter(s) you should not drive the car any more than necessary to get where you are going, and then repair the condition. First place to look is plugs and wires, also check the coils for signs of corrosion or arcing. Corroded coil towers can be cleaned, any cracks or carbon tracking on the coils means they must be replaced.
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:40 PM   #5
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i always thought a flashing cel meant that the car is in limp mode, basically it means that the cars performance is limited to keep you from damaging the engine untill you get it fixed, or the code cleared! but i could be wrong, kyle
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:44 PM   #6
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i always thought a flashing cel meant that the car is in limp mode, basically it means that the cars performance is limited to keep you from damaging the engine untill you get it fixed, or the code cleared! but i could be wrong, kyle
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:46 PM   #7
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It means a misfire. There is no "limp mode" indication.
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:53 PM   #8
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that's wrong...flashing MIL=Active Catalyst Damaging Misfire

Next time it does it don't shut the car off until you have attached a code reader to it and scanned it, there has to be a code stored I had an Odyssey once that kept failing emissions, turned out there was a severed wire which supplied battery power to the PCM for the Diagnostic memory circuit. It would never store codes after the key was turned off.

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