1990 Camry check engine light comes on

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Old 19 May 2005, 08:30 pm   #1 (permalink)
Joan McCrackin via CarKB.com
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Default 1990 Camry check engine light comes on

Check engine light comes on only sometimes. When it does, the car acts like
it isn't getting gas, then it gets right again. Once in a while it stalls,
ans if I let it be, it will start and go just fine. Can't afford a
diagnostic machine at the moment, Can anyone help me with this?
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Old 20 May 2005, 01:51 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1990 Camry check engine light comes on

Because your car is 1990 it is OBD I. Usually there is a small
plastic box with a cover somewhere under the hood. When you open the
cover you see female wire connections with a diagram of the connectors
on the inside of the cover. What you need to do is use a paper clip
with the ends sharpened. Connect the Te1 connector to E1. This
connects test connector T to E1, which is earth1, a british equivalent
of Ground1. Then turn the key to run, don't turn to start. And the
check engine light should blink out the code. Usually the tens digit
will flash first, then the ones digit. The tens digit will flash
slower, then the ones digit will flash faster. So lets say you see 3
slow flashes followed by 5 fast flashes, this means code 35. After the
35 flashes, then any other codes will flash then this will repeat
indefinitely. Get a paper and pencil and write down codes, after a few
repeats on the codes you will be sure what numbers they are. Then turn
off ignition and pull out paper clip. Now go on the internet and do a
google search on the codes you have retrieved. Don't forget to put the
year of your car since codes sometimes change from model year to model
year and type also. Good luck.

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Old 20 May 2005, 05:41 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1990 Camry check engine light comes on

Jump terminals Tc and E1 in the diag connector under the hood, then turn the
ignition on and tell us what sequence the light flashes in.

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