Why did the check engine light start flashing while I was driving?

Tiny
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  • 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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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 AT 10:00 PM

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Tiny
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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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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 AT 10:46 PM
Tiny
DUDDY
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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.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 AT 11:47 PM
Tiny
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If you have not changed the plug and wires it is time to do so anyway.

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Friday, May 4th, 2012 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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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.

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Friday, May 4th, 2012 AT 9:06 PM

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