Engin light keeps coming on and the engin keeps jumping.
Everytime I'm driving the car jerks back and forth all the time. My car is a standard by the way. If someone could tell me what this means and approximetly how much money it will take to fix if its a major problem and ,if you guys know.
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Re: Engin light keeps coming on and the engin keeps...
1st u have to find out what trouble code is turning on the CEL (check eng light), then we can talk possiable causes and fix estimates, go to Kragen auto or Autozone and ask to have a trouble code test run, it is free.
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#1 if your engine light is on, you need to go to autozone and have it scanned. if you get code po420 or po430, your cat. converter is bad. If this is the code also should change spark plugs. Misfire causes cat. converter to melt inside.
I recommend that you find a good reliable shop and have the computer codes checked. Each time the check engine light comes on it also stores a code in the computer that shows which system is not properly operating. While this info is not specific, it is far better than guessing. The de-carbon service is likely not to help. I'm guessing that your problem is in your fuel management system, perhaps a fuel filter, and service to any decel/idle components. But not being there, it's only an educated guess! good luck
With modern cars it is bad when the engine light just comes on and the vehicle does something very different. It should not be driven. If the car is smelling of fuel and jerking it is because it's miss-firing (i.e. one or more cylinder is not getting spark but is getting fuel). This can be anything from electrical/electronic to mechanical like a broken rotor cap (as an example). The good thing, is that the light is coming on and a mechanic can check the ECU for error codes. Alternatively, you can buy or barrow one your self and check it out on your own (I think even certain auto-part stores will check it for you as long as you get in the zone;). 1996 is a good year for that since that is when OBDII started and all vehicles started using the same port to check for issues.
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You say "standard transmission?" Do you mean "standard" as in "manual/5 spd./'stick-shift'?" transmission?
Either way, if you replaced the alternator belt and the battery light went away and the car doesn't sputter or stop, then it's the "speed sensor" on the transmission itself. The car will still drive, but the speedometer cannot read how fast the car is going (in RPM's as well).