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Hyundai Check Engine Light

Q. I have a 1996 Hyundai Accel, with a little over 80,000 miles on it. It runs and works great, but the other morning, I was shifting into second, and it stuttered a bit, and then when I got up to speed and shifted into third, it stuttered again, and the check engine light came on.

It has not turned off since, but the car still runs fine. I need the car to travel back and forth to work, so I can’t afford to have it in the shop, especially when nothing seems to be wrong. I was wondering if you could help, or if you know where I could look to find out information on it on the web. I can’t afford to spend anything on it to bring it in to have it hooked up to a computer, and then they tell me nothing was wrong, when they hand me the bill.

Can you help?
Ryan
Duluth, MN

A. Hey, I'm going to be up in your neck of the woods in another month or so. I love it up there and Lake Superior is the closest thing to an ocean I've seen since I left New Jersey.

Anyway, as for your Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), there are a number of things that can cause it to go on. The Engine Control Module monitors the input/output signals (some signals at all times and the others under specified conditions). When the Engine Control Module (ECM)detects that an irregularity exists, it will commit a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) to memory and then output a signal to the MIL.

Now I'm a little confused about the car. There is no Hyundai Accel in 1996. There is a Hyundai Excel in 1994 however. There is a Hyundai Accent in 1996. Perhaps this is what you have? I don't know which it is and it does make a difference in accessing the TDC's.

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