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gwnewman1 01-14-2012 11:51 AM

Flashing MIL when in RUN mode
Might be nothing, just never had a car that does this - was in the car earlier setting stuff up, when I switch into RUN mode (no engine), the MIL flashes, then goes solid. I fully expect the solid, as every car i've owned flips the MIL on when you're on the battery, but never seen it flash. Normal?

2005JGC 01-15-2012 02:08 AM

It is by design, it means that not all of the obdII monitors have run... Once they have all run it wont flash any longer.

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aphexafx 01-15-2012 04:45 AM

Re: Flashing MIL when in RUN mode
I trust what 2005JGC says.

From a design standpoint, however, from my user interface designer perspective: flashing the MIL is bound to cause major concern from users, and doing so during any normal/expected operating condition is a poor choice - it's going to freak out hypervigilants (like me). :D

My cable modem/router has all green LED indicators that turn orange when there is a fault, EXCEPT for the connection LED which is flashing orange during normal operation. That's totally stupid lol.

gwnewman1 01-15-2012 09:27 AM

Re: Flashing MIL when in RUN mode
Good to hear. A flashing MIL, to me, at ANY time, is a bad idea.

2005JGC 01-16-2012 12:52 PM

Re: Flashing MIL when in RUN mode
Flashing mil while driving = STOP NOW and tow it to a shop. Flashing while driving is going to indicate a misfire which will wipe out your catalytic converters rapidly dumping unburned fuel into tie fire so-to-speak.

if you turn the key to run with your brake NOT applied, so the vehicle doesn't start, it will come on solid for like 13 seconds then flash a number of times, followed by it being on solid again. Realistically there is not a of time when a customer will actually see this, typically with the vehicle functioning as designed and not having been fresh out of the shop or a new battery installed the monitors will have run and you wont get the flashing mil.

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