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88 Accord Check Engine Light

Only comes on...Occasionally....while driving.....any ideas?


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Hes INCORRECT. Theses cars arent "scan tool" accessable.
Check ingine light comes on... Is the car a Manual tans? Or an auto Trans?
If manual do u notice the Light comeing on When you let the car coast with the clutch engaude?

When u turn the car off does the check light go away untill u start driveing again?

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

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    Jimmy Petrovic Jul 01, 2008

    How to check your Check Engine Light codes:
    1. move driver seat all the way forward.
    2. locate the box on the floor.
    3. locate the small plastic window and pop it open.
    4. turn the ignition on.
    5. count how many times the light blinks.
    6. refer to the table below



    CODES for 86-89 accord and 85-89 prelude


    00 LED FLASH(s) ECU

    01 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    Oxygen Sensor "A" (Primary)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    02 LED FLASH(s) 85-89 Accord
    Oxygen Sensor "B"
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    03 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    MAP Sensor (Manifold Absolute Pressure)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    04 LED FLASH(s) Crank Angle

    05 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 * Accord
    MAP Sensor (Manifold Absolute Pressure)
    mechanical problem / disconnected piping
    * exc. 94-95

    06 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    ECT Sensor (Engine Coolant Temperature)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    07 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    TP Sensor (Throttle Position)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    08 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    TDC Sensor (Top Dead Center)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    09* LED FLASH(s) 85-98** Accord
    CYP Sensor (Cylinder)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor
    * not a valid code for any throttle body injection Hondas
    ** not a valid code for V-6 engines

    10 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    IAT Sensor (Intake Air Temperature)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    12 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    EGR Lift Sensor (Exhaust Gas Recirculation)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    13 LED FLASH(s) 85-98 Accord
    BARO Sensor (Atmospheric Pressure)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor

    14 LED FLASH(s) 88-98 Accord
    IAC Valve (Idle Air Control)
    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor
    IAC VALVE HELP

    15 LED FLASH(s) Ignition output signal

    16 LED FLASH(s) fuel injector

    17 LED FLASH(s) 88-98 Accord
    VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor)

    defective circuit or unplugged / defective sensor



    Thanks to my buddies at 3geez for the info, When That check engine light comes on bring the car to a stop DONT TURN IT OFF! and follow the instructions Posted above That WILL Narrow it to the the Exact problem. Good Luck Man!

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I have a 88 Prelude that did the same thing. My prob was a bad O2 sensor in the exhast manifold.

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At least your problem is occasional, I've had some a bunch more persistent. The computer in modern cars picks up error conditions and in some cases can reset them if they don't persist, especially if they aren't pertaining to emissions items. Therefore, it's probably not terrible.

To read these you need a scan tool. The scan tool plugs into the cars computer system on a black plug just underneath the dash just a little left or right of the steering column. It's a rectangular plug about 2 inches in width and about an inch high. You can either buy a scan tool, but that's a bit pricey if you only use it once. I would ask your friends, someone is likely to have one they would let you borrow. Also, companies like Checker Auto rents tools. Also a nice store person might even help you and run a check on it for you at the store.

You can then take the code and look it up on the internet and find a forum to help you with the issue. If you take it to a mechanic you will have the knowledge of what the problem is and put you in a better position to get the proper service.

I hope that this has helped.

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