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Flashing check engine light

Resolved Question:

flashing check engine light
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Pavlin Koev replied 6 years ago.

Pavlin Koev :

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Pavlin Koev :

flashing engine light is informing you for heavy misfire that will damage catalityc convertors

Customer:

I'm not sure if you are typing, or if I should be asking you more questions

Pavlin Koev :

What you need to do is to have vehicle scanned with professionjal scan tool

Pavlin Koev :

this will reveal which cylinder is misfiring

Customer:

So I should have it towed there?

Pavlin Koev :

you can first do your own inspection

Customer:

okay, what's does that involve?

Pavlin Koev :

check for any fauled plugs, remove spark plugs and inspect

Pavlin Koev :

just a minute please

Pavlin Koev :

remove each coil and plug, ignition coils are common failure,

Pavlin Koev :

do you have booster cable handy?

Customer:

no

Pavlin Koev :

any cable with clips on the end?

Customer:

no

Pavlin Koev :

I am asking so testing will be easier

Pavlin Koev :

just few minutes please I will guid you to test coils

Customer:

we should stop here. i am not in a location where I can perform these tests. At home I have cables but I'd have to get someone to help me and no one is available right now.

Pavlin Koev :

how far is home

Customer:

about 5-7 miles

Pavlin Koev :

you can drive if car is drivable, it will not damge anything for this distance

Customer:

okay, but I did smell a kinda smokey smell

Customer:

well, not really smokey, but a burning type smell.

Pavlin Koev :

sounds like one cylinder not firing and raw fuel entering exaust system, with engine running you can pull out coil connectors one by one and notice which one makes no difference

Pavlin Koev :

then disconnect injector connector, and this will stop fuel going into cylinder

Customer:

well, the trouble is, i'm in my church clothes, so fiddling with the engine right now isn't too wise. I think I'll wait until someone can pick me up and take me home to change clothes and grab so tools. Beside the cables, anything else I should bring?

Pavlin Koev :

Bring smal tool box, you will need to remove coils and sp plugs.

Customer:

okay, how should I contact you when I get back? I'll happily pay you now if that would be best

Pavlin Koev :

when coils removed, instal spark plug at each coil one by one and graund coil traded part to engine ground,

Pavlin Koev :

then crank engine and look for spark, if no spark present at one of the coils, instal another coils at it's connector, if you have spark with that coil, the the one not producing spark is defective.

Customer:

Got it, sounds sensible. Can you mail my transript to my email address so I can print and take with me?

Pavlin Koev :

you just need to log in to your aacount from home and it will be there

Pavlin Koev :

we cannot use emails

Customer:

okay, thank you.

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