Camry check engine light flashing?

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Asked by Nov 01, 2014 at 12:45 PM about the 1996 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The check engine light started flashing on the freeway earlier today on my 1996 Camry. It
felt like it is choking and loosing power wile accelerating. A few days ago my father in law
took a look and said that there is oil in one of the spark plugs. What could be the
problem?

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A flashing CEL indicates a more serious fault has been detected by the OBD than a steady on light. You 1996 has OBDII, get a scan soon, very soon

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I did one 3 days ago when the light came on. Autozone said 1 of 3 things: Air leak somewhere in the exhaust, O2 sensor or Cathartic converter. Today the light started flashing

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P0420 I am guessing. It might just be shop time, unless you are experienced at these things. They have to be eliminated one at a time until culprit is found See http://engine-codes.com/p0420_toyota.html if that is what the code is, or if I am wrong, plug in the code at the same site instead of 0420 and it will help point you on what to do

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Your catalytic convertor may be plugged up, or getting hot..they get very hot normally but hot to the point of glowing red, it's running very lean, if the cat is 10-15 years old or 100,000 miles at least, that may be it

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Yeah the car is 1996 and 205000 miles.

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Those old Camrys and Corollas of that generation are better than the new ones IMO. Take care of her and you will get another 200k

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