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1999 Volkswagen Beetle Question: check engine light no code

 

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Sheila_1, Canton, MI, April 20, 2009, 14:56
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how do i figure out what is wrong with the car when the check engine light is on and there is no code.
took it to auto zone everything came up ok

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 20, 2009, 18:46
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    Generally if the "Check Engine Light" has come on there will be a code stored in the vehicle's computer and it will be stored until erased using a scantool or the car has completed a sufficient number of drive cycles without having seen the problem reoccur. In this case it has done a self test seen no fault and erases the code.
    This being said I have seen cases where one scan tool does not see a code and another brand of scan tool sees a code on the same vehicle. We have three scantools where I work.

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    June 02, 2013, 10:42
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    I have a 1999 plymouth breeze 2.0 and I replaced the ignition coil, changed the spark plugs. Vishually inspected the wires which were fine. When I replaced everything that could cause a misfire, it still came up codes p300 to p304. I found I had to erase the codes one by one. When I accomplished that, the engine light is still on without any link. I have one of the best OBD11 scanners there is and it wold pick up a minor fluxuation in the circuits. My guess is its the ECM or the onboard computer itself. Have it tested at AZ or a garage. If that doesn't sound right, does anyone have any ideas? I'm going through the same thing as you

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