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Old 17 Aug 2009, 11:49 am
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last night the engine light came on.
i have a 2007 pt cruiser non-turbo with 26000 miles.
after the light came on, when i was driving it home, the car jerked after it swithed to 3rd gear. it jerked about 2x1000 rpm or 3 not sure. i dont know what might be wrong and i want to know might be wrong before taking it to a mechanic or dealer.
it only started jerking after the light came on.
i thought it might be that it needs oil change or something. its been more than 3000 miles since i changed it.
who knows.

can someone help me please.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 12:06 pm
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Default Re: check engine light....HELP!

Read the error code sticky and let us know what code if any you are given.

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Default Re: check engine light....HELP!

how do i check that?
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 12:11 pm
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Default Re: check engine light....HELP!

To retrieve OBDII Error codes from your Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge vehicle, do the following sequence with the key: ON-ACC-ON-ACC-ON and look at the odometer, that is where codes will be displayed. Please do the turning of the key within 5 seconds, longer than that and it won't work.

The step by step version:

1. Place the key into the ignition.

2. Turn the key towards the windshield (without starting the engine) and back again.

3. Do the above 3 times and with the last turn the key left pointing forward (towards the windshield).

4. All three turns should be made within 5 seconds. (it's not hard).

If you did it right, in the middle dial where the odometer is, the fault codes stored in the computer will come up. Example: P0138

If there's no codes stored in the computer, it should read "done".

That's it. Pretty easy.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 12:15 pm
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Default Re: check engine light....HELP!

i tried doing it but wont work.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 12:19 pm
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Your local auto parts store (Autozone, Advance Auto, etc) should be able to help you by hooking the scanner up to your car to check for error codes.

It's usually a free service.
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