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Discussion Title:  engine light Flashing!

Cavaturbo

2005-05-22 20:49:00

engine light Flashing!

my orange engine light is flasing at random ....i seen it turn solid before, but i never seen it flashing. So now it is solid all the time but once in a while it flashes and somethings it flashes for a long time while at other times it flashes only for 10 sec or so.

i drive a 96 ford escort 1.9L engine. The engines also shakes abit while it idles(sometime it wont). I am guessing one of the cylinder is having problems. I am just worrying that it might be something that is VERY BAD! like the engine valve droping into the cylinder( which i read from the escort forums that this is not uncommon to escort). So are there are experts here that can tell me if i can keep on driving until next week . becuase the car seems to be ok other than its shaking a bit at idle and flashing engine lights.

Also, if a Valve REALLY droped into the cylinder, i wont be able to drive it and the engine would not turn over right? becuase i been driving for 1 week now with engine light on.

THANK you for helping .



2turboimports

2005-05-22 21:08:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

flashing engine lights usually mean something is FUBAR....

on the bright side, you didn't 'drop' a valve, if you did that then you would know right away.

You could probably drive until next week...this is one of those things where you must ask, "how much do i care about this car?"



sunfire_starter

2005-05-22 21:11:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

Actually you would hear a loud ding sound like a hammer hitting a piece of metal since the valve would be in the cylinder and the cylinder would be smashing the valve into the cylinder wall. I would believe the car would still turn over but your fuel levels would drop extremely fast.

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Racincc85

2005-05-22 21:42:00

On OBD II systems which your escort is, a flashing engine light usually means a misfire had been detected. I would check the plugs and wires.



Cavaturbo

2005-05-22 22:53:00

Thanks for reply i feel a little better while i drive now knowing that i am not killing the car.


BTW, What is FUBAR?



2turboimports

2005-05-22 23:00:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

essentially....really screwed up



curtis73

2005-05-22 23:59:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

It stands for F*d up beyond all recognition



2turboimports

2005-05-23 00:10:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

thanks...i've only had 2 experiences with flashing CE lights and neither of them ended with my car running 10 minutes later...



ec437

2005-05-23 01:07:00

Re: Re: engine light Flashing!

Quote:
Originally Posted by curtis73
It stands for F*d up beyond all recognition
or, (expletive removed) beyond all repair... lol

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Cavaturbo

2005-05-23 02:11:00

Re: Re: engine light Flashing!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2turboimports
essentially....really screwed up
is my car going to die soon??? or were you kidding around? dont scare me plz also if my car is really has HUGE problems, i probably couldnt drive it everyday like i do now right???



curtis73

2005-05-23 02:56:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

Sorry to get so far off topic, cavaturbo... Stop by any major chain parts store and ask if they'll read your codes. Most of them have invested the $200 in a code reader assuming they'll make it back on the sale of an O2 sensor or something. Most will read the codes for free.

Most of the time the employee will know how to operate the machine, but not know what the codes mean. If that's the case, make sure to write down the number code and its description. You'll get info like "0103; maf high input". If you or the employee can't pinpoint it, post the codes here and someone should be able to theorize on what it might be.



daveid

2005-05-23 06:56:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

I dont know if this is true for this car, but on some cars i thought that a blinking engine light meant soemthing for each blink? Like on my fiance's old aspire i believe it was like that. In fact, her engine light kept blinking once turned on and then blinked the amount of times saying it was an oxygen sensor and the would just remain on but not blinking.



2turboimports

2005-05-23 08:21:00

Re: Re: engine light Flashing!

Quote:
Originally Posted by daveid
I dont know if this is true for this car, but on some cars i thought that a blinking engine light meant soemthing for each blink? Like on my fiance's old aspire i believe it was like that. In fact, her engine light kept blinking once turned on and then blinked the amount of times saying it was an oxygen sensor and the would just remain on but not blinking.
yes, but it's been my experience that once the light starts blinking then something imperative has stopped operating correctly.

Just follow Curtis's advice and get the codes pulled. It's free at the advance auto stores here in Florida.



Cavaturbo

2005-05-23 10:42:00

i live in Canada BC. I dont think i have any free code check services here. But i did order a coder reader from Ebay 4 days ago it should be here very soon. I will post the code once i got the scanner thanks everyone for your help.



2turboimports

2005-05-23 12:02:00

Re: engine light Flashing!

Do that....i'm going to place a bet on 1 of 2 things...

IAC, or O2 sensor...be sure to post what the codes are.



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