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2004 Chevy Malibu Classic 4 cyl 143k mails flashing cel at start but restart it goes away


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Krushak
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Feb 19, 2017, 11:19 AM

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2004 Chevy Malibu Classic 4 cyl 143k mails flashing cel at start but restart it goes away Sign In

So during december, my car rough start up like jackhammering, then check engine light came on anx then when i went to drive it was flashing.... got it towed and found out it was the coil pack hence why i could smell gas/had whiteish smoke. After that is fixed and fast forward to today.

I live in WI so its been hot, cold hot cold. Today is 2/19 and i start it up, it started quicker than normal but was rough, no jackhammering or anything. Its 41 degrees at 9 am. Tho my windshield had all this dew on it... regardless, i could smell gas again so i thought perhaps since it was cooler than yesterday (62) perhaps it was condensation somewhere, i then spy that the CEL is flashing. I turn it off and waited about five minutes.

I turn it back on and it starts fine, runs fine and etc. No flashing CEL or anything. I call the repaor shop who did it and says if it went away then its fine... the shop was recommended by a friend when i had the first issue.

I know as well this tuesday i am having an exhaust place put un a new pipe/mufflar because it started to sound loud and leaked near the tail pipe after th catalytic converter.

So i think i need a second opinion especially since the guy said if the cel isnt on he cant pull the codes... and i know enough about cars to get by but not enough to know better in this situation. Thanks.


kev2
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Feb 19, 2017, 11:39 AM

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Re: 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic 4 cyl 143k mails flashing cel at start but restart it goes away Sign In

computers store codes in HISTORY 'file' and a scanner will access them. But not forever @ 40starts.
There will also be a freeze frame that would help diagnose issue.


Krushak
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Feb 19, 2017, 12:25 PM

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Re: 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic 4 cyl 143k mails flashing cel at start but restart it goes away Sign In

Well its only been two starts.... so the guy is bullshi**ing me and i need to take it somewhere just in case this bad start up happens again and the flashing cel comes on again cause like i said its gone now


(This post was edited by Krushak on Feb 19, 2017, 12:25 PM)


Hammer Time
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Feb 19, 2017, 1:36 PM

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I live in WI so its been hot, cold hot cold. Today is 2/19


We must have a different definition of hot weather. I'm not picturing hot in Wisconsin in February.

Where I live, hot is over 90



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Krushak
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Feb 19, 2017, 4:24 PM

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Re: 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic 4 cyl 143k mails flashing cel at start but restart it goes away Sign In

Its been between 15 and 65 degrees this feb lol


Hammer Time
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Feb 19, 2017, 4:27 PM

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Re: 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic 4 cyl 143k mails flashing cel at start but restart it goes away Sign In

Thought so. You can't use the word "hot" in that framework.

You need to get the code information requested earlier.



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