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    Unhappy MIL flashing

    Hi everyone,

    I just had the MIL (engine malfunction lamp) flashing on my car for about 10 seconds this afternoon. Does anyone know what the significance of it flashing (as opposed to being on constantly) is? The manual (extract below) isn't much help, but it seems to suggest the the lamp flashing is an indicator of more serious problems.


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    when i first saw the title, i thought you meant youre mother in law was flashing you and was looking forward to a really funny/tragic story.

    As for the real problem, i think its always wise just to get it into the dealer when lights like that start flashing, even if just to cover yourself should anything fail later on and they ask why you never brought it in orginally

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    when i first saw the title, i thought you meant youre mother in law was flashing you and was looking forward to a really funny/tragic story.
    Judging my the way my Mother-In-Law looks, it'd just be plain scary......

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    In my manual it states that it flashes when the car recognises that emissions are above an acceptable limit, due to a fault with the emissions system, e.g catalytic converter, or other engine exhaust system. It advises to lift your foot of the accelerator to reduce strain on the cat, when the lamp stops flashing and stays on its safe to drive, but only straight to your nearest dealer.

    hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    when i first saw the title, i thought you meant youre mother in law was flashing you and was looking forward to a really funny/tragic story.
    Ha ha... Sorry to disappoint you...
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    As for the real problem, i think its always wise just to get it into the dealer when lights like that start flashing, even if just to cover yourself should anything fail later on and they ask why you never brought it in orginally
    Thanks for the advice, I'll do that. I just think my car's aleready had too many trips to the dealer. Plus the warranty's now expired so I expect they'll be expecting me to part with my money I just don't like not knowing what to expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suj786
    In my manual it states that it flashes when the car recognises that emissions are above an acceptable limit, due to a fault with the emissions system, e.g catalytic converter, or other engine exhaust system. It advises to lift your foot of the accelerator to reduce strain on the cat, when the lamp stops flashing and stays on its safe to drive, but only straight to your nearest dealer.

    hope this helps
    Thanks. The thing I find a little curious is that the lamp never stayed on. It flashed on and off at about 2 Hz for about 10 seconds and was never seen again. I'm sure a dealer will have some explanation...

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    If it stays on you are OK to drive, but requires seeing to by a dealer ASAP. Once it starts flashing you are to pull over and stop (damage to the CAT will occur if driven). There will be some fault codes registered and viewable via Tech2, so get it to the dealers matey.

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    Thanks everyone for the responses.

    I took it to a dealer this morning. The fault code was for a misfire. Presumably unburnt fuel is bad for the catalytic converter

    I'm guessing that it only happened once or twice. I certainly didn't notice it. It hasn't happened again so I'll cross my fingers and hope it was just a one off.

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    hi i'm fr hong kong.
    anyone knows if there is "flash code" or "paper clips error check"
    can be done in a vt-c 2.2 just like vt-b ???

    thx

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    hi mate..

    there is no flash code or paperclip test that can be done on the vectra C because of the new computers they use.. you can buy cheap code readers in the UK for about £80 sterling..

    google for a firm called 'gendan'

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