Check Engine idiot light

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dakota

#1

Why does my 1994 dakota pickup ONLY start and operate when the check engine light is illuminated? The minute the light goes off the truck stalls dead


#2

Do the key trick to get the code. (DON’T START) ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (LEAVE ON) and count the flashes from the CEL. It will form a series of 2 digit numbers. They move kinda quick, so pay attention. FLASH-FLASH (pause) FLASH-FLASH-FLASH is 23 …etc. 55 is the last code.

Look here for definitions:

http://www.allpar.com/fix/80s-codes.html

…but this is a first for me. I’d love to see what this ends up being.


#3

Same here. If you find the cause let us know. This is not normal by any stretch of the imagination.