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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 03, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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ok, i have a 88 5.0L camaro with TBI, and ive been working on it for a month now... it runs fine when it starts but it takes a very long time to start...and when it finally does start, the engine light comes on for a sec as it starts then goes off... when i plug in the code reader, all i get is code 12??? the only thing i can mabey think is wrong that i dont know about is that when i trun on the ignition, the fuel pump comes on and stays on...i heard that it should come on for 2 seconds then go off before you start the car...could this be it?...someone please help!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 03, 11:11 PM
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u might need a new o2 sensor or just a new battery or maybe some cleaning of that tbi

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 03, 12:59 PM
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Not sure how it worked in '88, but in later years, you could short the diagnostic pin to ground with a paperclip and the codes would flash a light in the dash (check engine?). It flashes code 12 three times to indicate diagnostic mode and then flashes any codes that were set, also in sets of three.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 03, 10:56 PM
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code 12 just means the computer isn't getting a signal from the crank sensor- or, in your case, the distributor-in other words, the engine isn't running. it also shows that the diagnostic mode is working.

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