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1995 subaru legacy: check engine light started blinking..running fine

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have a 1995 subaru legacy. check engine light started blinking and now is staying on. Is running fine. idles great coolant and oil are fine. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Mike V. replied 7 years ago.
HI there! Normally the flashing light indicates a misfire that is causing damage to the converters. I would start by taking a spray bottle with water and spraying the engine while running. If you have a bad plug wire or ignition coil you will see arcing. This is where I would start. It could simply be time for a tune up or set of plugs at least. Hope this helps!
Also, if you have the little door on the left side of the dash for an obdII code reader you could have a parts store like autozone check to see what code is stored in the computer. Hope this helps!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
If it is a misfire wouldn't the engine sound funny or run differently?
Expert:  Mike V. replied 7 years ago.
Yes, it sure would. But normally the miss has stopped when the check engine light becomes solid. So you are going to try and provoke it. If you were running down the highway you might not notice the engine running differently
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Is there a way to reset the check engine light to see if it will come on again?
Expert:  Mike V. replied 7 years ago.
You can disconnect the battery for about 20 minutes. This will reset the light.
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