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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-03, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Checking fault codes

Ok, a while back, I asked if I could somehow check for fault codes. I said I could get them in my plymouth by turning the ignition on/off/on/off/on. I thought I recalled doing it in an old scort, but couldn't recall how to do it. Well, I figured it out. You don't need a reader. You have to connect a jumper in the engine compartment. This can be done with a wire or just a reshaped paper clip. When you do this you can then get codes with a volt meter or by watching your check engine light. Then you can do things like run your engine, hit the brakes, turn it off and back on, turn the wheel 1/4, and stuff like that to get other kinds of codes. Im going to pick up a manual tomorrow with the exact specs, so if anyone needs any help, let me know.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-03, 06:40 AM
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All that for one code?
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Well, you could get many, many codes. You actually run 3 different kinds of tests on your car to check for different kinds of codes. In all honesty, you want to find NO codes. It is very useful at figurting out what is wrong with your car when youre stumped. It has saved me thousands in needless replacements. Its also cheaper than a code reader and much cheaper than paying a mechanic to put a code reader on and check for you.
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Thats true, but one question where do you see the codes?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-23-03, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Your check engine light on your instrument panel.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-28-03, 08:24 AM
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Do you have a digital dash that reads off a whole bunch numbers or does the check the light flicker like Morse code?
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It will flash the code. Alternately you can hook up a volt meter and it'll swing the bar in dashes.
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I'd rather hook up my tester to my car.
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