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Old 11-20-2010, 04:06 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default How to Read Check Engine Light (CEL) Code Without Scanner

This will come in handy if you don't have access to a code scanner instantly. It works but takes some patience.

This writeup will show you how to read/pull the fault codes, usually accompanied by a Check Engine Light or Service Engine Soon. You do not need an OBDII code reader or any other special tools to do this.

To take a reading without using an OBD II reader, you can do this:

Note: Familiarize yourself with the entire procedure before attempting. A pen, paper, and stop watch will be helpful.

1. Put the car into “ON” without the engine started (hit the ignition button twice without having your foot on the brake)

2. Wait 3 seconds for the car to do a systems check (you know this is done when all the lights except your service engine light go off)

3. Do 5 full accelerator press and releases in 5 seconds (floor your car 5 times in 5 seconds)

4. Wait 7 seconds.

5. Floor the accelerator again, and hold it there for 10 seconds (approx).Your service engine light will turn off.

6. When the light turns off, take your foot off the pedal, and get ready to count.

At this point, the service engine light will start blinking.It will give you a 4 digit code – the first number will flash slowly, followed by a slight pause, the next three numbers will flash quickly, all with a pause in the middle.10 flashes means a number “0.”So if your car blinked 10 times, then 4, then 4, then 2 again, you would have a code of “0442,” which is your gas cap thing. Other codes can be determined by looking at a OBD II code reference sheet.

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Default Re: How to Read Check Engine Light (CEL) Code Without Scanner

Another Version:

1) Sit in the driver's seat.

2) Turn the ignition key to the ON position and wait three seconds. (Do not start the car.)

3) Fully depress and release the accelerator pedal five times in less than five seconds.

4) Wait exactly seven seconds. Fully depress the accelerator pedal for ten seconds until the SES light flashes.

5) Release the accelerator pedal and start counting flashes to obtain the four-digit trouble code.

Long flashes (0.6 seconds) indicate the first digit of the code; count the blinks one through nine and write down the first digit. (Ten blinks indicates a zero.)

The next three digits follow in turn in the same fashion except with faster blinks (0.3 second) and a 1.0-second pause between digits.

The ECM code repeats intself until you turn the ignition key to the OFF position, at which point the ECM resets itself to standard get-in-and-drive-the-car mode.
You can look up the trouble codes in the ESM/FSM; there's a bunch of them. In the ESM, refer to page EC-639.
Additionally, if you get four blinks of ten (0000), the ECM is indicating no malfunction.

You can clear the code (and the annoying SES light) by holding down the accelerator pedal for more than 10 seconds while the SES light is blinking. When you release the pedal, the ECM erases the trouble code(s).
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really... I feel like im fixing a computer listening to bios beeps lol
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Eddy, I am assuming the 2nd set of instructions is for cars without pushbutton start. Is this correct?
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Default Re: How to Read Check Engine Light (CEL) Code Without Scanner

Originally Posted by thundershott View Post
Eddy, I am assuming the 2nd set of instructions is for cars without pushbutton start. Is this correct?
Yeah I edited them both to reflect without push button.
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