My check engine light came on the other day it stayed on for a minute or so, then flashed several times and went off. do any of you know what this might mean? i had just gotten a new fuel pump put on, could that have been the issue?
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Re: check engine light
When the light flashes, it is picking up a faul code. When it goes out, it usually means that the computer reset itself. You can have the computer scanned if you want to see if there is anything in the history, but you are probably ok. I know that Auto Zone and Advanced Auto will scan for free. Hope this helps.
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Hi there: Don't confuse this steady pulsing of the Check Engine Light light (usually one or more flashes per second) with a flicker (see above). The Check Engine Light may stay on steadily or it may flash when the vehicle is accelerated. This is very serious. There is a severe failure of the emission control system that is causing the engine to misfire to the point that the catalytic converter is damaged each time the Check Engine Light flashes. It may mean that the catalytic converter is overheating to the point that it will glow red or, in extreme cases, start a fire on the underside of the vehicle. Immediately pull over to a safe place and have your vehicle towed to an automotive diagnostician for repair. Vehicles can be severely damaged and even destroyed by fire if this condition is ignored for too long.
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you can get the trouble codes out by turning key on off on off on then watch the check engine light it will flash a number of times n pause this will give you codes to take to the auto parts store n tell them they will know most of them the service writer at the dealer can find the rest (example) blink blink blink pause blink blink =32 there could be several so do it a couple times to make sure you get them right and get them all
this happened to my dads truck and after he would fill up with gas his dashboard would light up like the fourth of july. the problem is a little computer motor inside the dashboard that costs about $2. but if u take it to a shop its about 700$
a flashing engine light usually means a severe engine fault, plugs/wires may need to be replaced. or losing fuel pressure take and get the car scanned and relay that code and further help can be forwarded to you. as it is electronically controlled and the computer in the car is relaying that there is an severe engine fault, that needs to be attended to a soon as possible. since it is flashing light i would recommend taking the car to a reputable shop or dealer for needed repairs as continuing to drive the car may actually cause severe damage costing you more than what you have now.
Stop by your local Advance Auto or O'Reilly Auto parts store. They will lend (Advance Auto) or rent you a Scan Tool to see what error codes have been set in the cars onboard computer. This should help diagnosis what happened when the Check Engine light went. Not sure why it went on then off. They usually stay on until you clear the codes...
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