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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 01, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 1996 V6 Chevy Camaro (manual) with about 64,000 miles on it. I have kept up on all its maintenance and have had no problems really until today.

About 2 minutes my "Service Engine Soon" light started blinking and then just stayed on. Drives fine, not overheating, oil pressure okay...

I'm going to take my car in after work, but does anyone have any ideas as to what the problem could be? I need to figure out how much money this could take.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 01, 09:25 AM
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It's usually a sensor or a misfire. After 3-5 start cycles, the light goes off when the problem goes away. I would suggest a tuneup if it hasn't been done recently, O2 sensor. I had a loose vacuum hose trigger that as well as sparkplug wire crossfire.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 01, 11:29 AM
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pull the codes and repost

search this section for "codes"

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 01, 07:08 AM
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or if you dont feel like doing jack crap, just unplug the lightbulb, it wont bother you anymore.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 01, 04:41 PM
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This may sound stupid, but did you just fill up the tank or switch brands of gas? A tank of bad gas will set off the light, but your car will run fine. Also, if you don't click the gas cap at least three clicks, the light can come on. The OBD II computer is very sensitive. I added some stp gas treatment when I got a bad tank of gas, and my light when off. If that doesn't work, probably a bad O2 sensor. Good Luck
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 01, 05:50 PM
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it can also mean you need to service the car. the puter's do this cause there are part's in the emision system that need to ba changed at various milage mark's. normaly this happen's at around 50,000 mile's. i do not know if G.M is still programing this into the ECU. i know the jap's are still doing it. and ford too.

also if the mechanic that serviced it did not clear certain code's you get the light, even if you have done the srvice on the car.

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