Check engine light flash on and off what do I need to do

Asked by Aug 11, 2015 at 08:32 AM about the 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Base Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

4 Answers

3,495

You can pull the check engine codes codes with out going to a shop. You need to short your Assembly Line Diagnostic Link (ALDL) with a paper clip or jumper wire. Find your ALDL; it should be a black connector, with 12 holes, in the passenger compartment, under the dash. There is raised notch that signifies the top of the connector (the connector may be upside down). With the connector right side up, insert a paper clip, or jumper wire, into the last two holes on the right side of the top row. Turn the ignition to the run position, but DO NOT START the car. The check engine light will begin to flash. It will flash several times to signify the first digit of a two digit code. It will then pause and flash several more times to indicate the final digit. The first code that will come out is 12 (1 flash followed by a pause and two more flashes), this code is no tach pulse (no engine RPM), and since the engine will not be on you can ignore it.

3,495

visit, http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1984-deville- fleetwood-1985/162270-94-fleetwood-check-engine-light-dash.html

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
101,585

Go to a local auto store like Auto Zone and they will read them for free...

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
66,215

A flashing check engine light means that the engine is misfiring and the catalytic converter is being damaged. If you have over 100,000 miles on it you're overdue for a tune up. Now on these engines this is where it gets "fun". To get the distributor cap and rotor (Opti-Spark) off, the water pump has to come off. To get the water pump off, the harmonic balancer must come off. So when you do your tune up, replace the water pump as well. Also, be sure to hook up the vacuum lines back up to the distributor cap. This keeps fresh air moving under the cap and prevents rust and corrosion from forming under the distributor cap. You can also pull the trouble codes out of the climate control system by turning the ignition on but don't start the engine. Turn the climate control system off. Then press and hold both the off and warmer buttons on the climate control panel. The trouble codes will then show up on the climate control panel temp display. This vehicle is OBD II. You cannot flash out the trouble codes as described above. Sorry. HTH. -Jim

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Fleetwood

Looking for a Used Fleetwood in your area?

CarGurus has 108 nationwide Fleetwood listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Cadillac Fleetwood Questions

Cadillac Fleetwood Experts

#1 Rowefast
Rowefast
Reputation 640
#2 Js08016
Js08016
Reputation 130
#3 chassy
chassy
Reputation 120
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Cadillac DeVille
7 Great Deals out of 1,640 listings starting at $1,999
Used Cadillac Eldorado
320 listings starting at $2,900
Used Chevrolet Impala
521 Great Deals out of 31,726 listings starting at $1,450
Used Lincoln Town Car
33 Great Deals out of 1,820 listings starting at $1,750
Used Chevrolet Caprice
144 listings starting at $7,995
Used Chevrolet Corvette
119 Great Deals out of 20,753 listings starting at $3,000
Used BMW 7 Series
186 Great Deals out of 6,134 listings starting at $2,999
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
171 Great Deals out of 6,479 listings starting at $2,700
Used Lincoln Continental
4,507 listings starting at $41,448
Used Chevrolet Camaro
226 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.