Re: [DMCForum] [OT] need to read check engine codes
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Re: [DMCForum] [OT] need to read check engine codes

The exact year could be 1995 or 1996 depending on the model, but yeah, the
jumper bit only works on pre-OBD II cars. You put a jumper in from TEN to
GND and turn the ignition on and read the flashes. Doesn't work with OBD II.

Here is a relatively inexpensive OBD II reader if you have a laptop or can
haul a PC to your garage:

Or, many AutoZones will read the code for no charge. Not all do this, so
check with your local AutoZone. Once the code is read you may have to check
a factory service manual to get the meaning of the code. AutoZone's book
only has the real basic codes in it.

A very common problem on some makes that will cause a fault on OBD II
systems is to under tighten the gas cap. If your cap is the "clicker" type,
then make sure you tighten it so that it clicks 3 or more times. Mazda
Miatas are particularly bad with this one.

Mark N
VIN 6820

At 02:08 PM 1/28/2004, you wrote:
>I think this is true ONLY on PRE 1996 cars..
>If I am incorrect, please let me know..  It will save
>me a lot of headaches!
>--- Andrei Cular <andreic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I think on the Ford you can use a test light and a
> > jumper wire to read the
> > code.  I'll look in my books when I get home.
> >
> >
> > Andrei
> >

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