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Flashing arrow-automatic gear box fault AND check engine light is on! I suppose to go to the beach tomorrow, is it safe to drive with this problem, what causes this, and what should be my first strp to fixing it?

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  • shennam Sep 09, 2010

    can auto zone check the fault code I need to be checked? I'm going to try taking the positve connector off the battery for 5 mins first.

  • shennam Sep 09, 2010

    Drove it at lunch and the flashing arrow light and gear lights stop flashing, I didint have to take the connector cord to the battery aloose. (Any thoughts?) However the check engine light is still on.



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Hi! This will surely need diagnostic to know the fault code. From there we can start the fixing. But as a first course of action please try this... Open the hood and remove the positive battery connector and let it sit for atleast 5mins. This will reset the system somehow but if no luck on removing the battery connector, I strongly suggest that you have the car diagnosed to know the fault code. HOpe this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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    dj_relly999 Sep 09, 2010

    Yes, autozone has a device to check this out.

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    dj_relly999 Sep 09, 2010

    A scan tool will really be helpful for us to know why the engine light is on. I strongly suggest that you have it scanned. It's hard to guess without a scan tool.



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