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Old 04-15-2002, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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where is the engine code reader???????

well, just recently picked up my 93 prelude vtec and got a cel yesterday driving in the rain. it feels like the o2 or knock. one or the other. probably a loose connection.

anyhow, on my previous 96 accord there was a blue plug located on the bottom of the dash. on the right of the passenger side to read the codes.

now, i looked under there yesterday and couldn't find it.

is it located somewhere else in the ludes?? what color is the plug?

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Old 04-15-2002, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ok, use the 2 pin blue connecter seen in the pics, its behind the ashtray so just take the center consol out and you should see it.



use a paper clip or wire to complete the cirucit. make sure the car is on "A/C" ...engine should NOT be running. just the normal, were the air, radio, etc works.

easiest way to understand the lights is this: short blinks equal 1, and long blinks equal 10. So for example, Blink, Blink, Blink, BBBLLLIIINNNNKKKKK. This would equal 3 smal blinks and a long blink. So you have 3 plus 10= 13. understand? Or 2 long blinks and a 2 short blinks would be 10+10+2=22.
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Old 04-15-2002, 08:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for hte pics. but damn what a pain compared to my accord. it was so much easier just unplugging it when i needed to.

thanks for the review on the blinks too.

had plenty of time reading my codes on my old turbo. threw a code everyday it seemed.

thanks again for the pics.
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you dont actually HAVE to take the console out. that is just too much trouble. you can actually access the connector behind the console. just get on ur stomach and jump the connector with a paper clip from the back of the connector. HTH
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dohcvtec, hmm.

so the plug is accesible enough not to take the console out? on which side of the console can it be reached, the driver or passenger side?

is it right there since i won't be able to see it behind there.

from the picture above, it looks as though the plug doesn't have much play in the wire. meaning, can't really pull it to the side of the console.
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i don think the plug will move at all. it is attached to that metal bracket its sittin on. but it IS accessible from behind the console. i did it last night. i just had a flash light and u can see it. If you're small enough to get on the floor board under the dash then you can access it. The only difference is you'll be jumping the connector from its rear end and not the front (it doesnt matter though). HTH
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the one on the left:


just get down on the car floor and look behind the console. just unplug it from the dummy socket
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Is there a rested button or something near there also?

I have 4WS and sometimes the light will come on if i get out of the car and get back in in a short period of time...i would like to be able to reach under there and hopefully clear out that code...

any help?
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I believe the correct way to reset the the codes is to reset the ECU. The way you do this is pull the ecu fuses from the under the dash fuse box and leave them out about 5 minutes. Then, put them back in, start the car with all electronics off (stereo, A/C, etc). Then, let the car idle for 7-10 minutes and shut the car off. System reset. Correct me if I'm wrong someone
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my helm's says to take off the fuse thats in the engine bay fuse panel that says "clock / radio" and leave it off for 45 seconds or so. should leave it off longer just to make sure it clears

do that or just disconnect ur battery for a bit
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