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WHY DID THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT START FLASHING WHILE I WAS DRIVING?

1996 Ford Thunderbird • 80,000 miles

After being on the road approx. 20 mins. The check engine light startsd flashing and the cal idles rough and has very little power on take off
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Lrc
October 2, 2011.




The flashing is a trouble code which is like morse code and will help to diagnsoe the problem.
It is a 2 digit code. Count how many times it blinks, there will be a pause and then count again.
Get back to us with the code number.
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I have a 96 Thunderbird v8 mine did same thing turn out to be misfire change plugs & wires you should be good hope it helps.

Tiny
Duddy
Apr 17, 2012.
If you have not changed the plug and wires it is time to do so anyway.

A flashing mil lamp is to warn you to not drive the car. It will flash if there is a miss fire and damage to the cat will happen. Have some one check the secondary ignition system. Don't keep driving the car like that.

Djcl
May 4, 2012.

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