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Do I need a check engine light on to pull codes?

I recently had a check engine light on, I disconnected the battery, re-connected, now it is off....is it too late to pull the codes?

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  • knowabit May 23, 2009

    It's been off for a few weeks now....

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    don't worry...if it was anything worth knowing the light will be back soon.

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Yes, it is too late to retrieve the codes. However, you're in luck. The condition that caused the check engine light to light, in the first place, did not go away when you disconnected the battery and will most likely cause the light to reappear sooner or later.

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • plastic May 23, 2009

    As long as your light still works, it most likely was a true intermittent condition. To check your light, turn on the ignition but do not start the engine. The check engine light should be illuminated.

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