posted on Feb, 24 2007 @ 01:49 PM
Originally posted by whatukno
And how do I find this code? I doubt I have the correct program or connection on my laptop to hook into this car.
It is a Pontiac Safari least thats what is says on the back of the car and on the glove compartment, and the paperwork.
Sorry, I thought you were talking about the mini van, but thats okay. Not sure when they started using fuel injection on different makes and models,
but you certainly have a computer controlled carb. It is a quadra-jet with an electronic metering valve attached to it.
........but, to check your codes is quite simple. Below your dash board on the left side of the steering column you will find a small connector
called an assembly line diagnostic test connector.
Go to the link below for a good visual on the pin configuration of the connector and the associated codes. It is quite simple to extract the codes on
older GM models.
1986 pontiac codes and connector diagram
With the ignition off, insert a paperclip or small piece of wire into the connector between pins A & B. What you are doing is grounding the test pin
forcing the computer to show the stored codes. (If you have disconnected the cars battery at any time the codes will be erased until a new code is
With the wire or paper clip installed, turn your ignition key on (not cranking). The check engine light will blink the first digit of the code with a
pause then the second digit, then a longer pause and the next stored code. It will repeat this and then start over again. I believe it will always
store a 12 or something like that as there is no signal to the computer that the engine is on. (Don't quote me on the 12 code, it may be a different
Count the flashes of the check engine light for both digits and all the stored codes (write them down). Compare it to a service manual for the make
and year of your car. The codes vary somewhat from year to year.
[edit on 24-2-2007 by ben91069]