1997 All Other Makes

Hello my name is Darol. We have this 97 tracer that has stumbled a few times lately from a stop. Yesterday the " check engine soon " light came on.
With some investigation on this system I understand this light monitors only emissions systems components.
My question is if, There is still a manual light blinking set of codes for this car when the ignition is turned off and on three times for a series of blinks to read what has been stored as a fault?
I do not have a ready access to a diagnostic readout tool but this may be the only way to find a fault.
i would appreciate it if you can answer this for me.
Thank you
April 7, 2006.

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