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post #1 of 15 Old 12-26-2009, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Check engine light flashing

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 six-cylinder

My check engine light just went on. I ordered a scan tool and should be able to retrieve the codes soon.

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The car runs normally.

From time to time the "check engine light" will flash or blink.

I pulled out the owner's manual to read that this means there is a problem with the catalytic converter.

Does anyone have some experience with this?

I am in California and it seems like most aftermarket converters cannot be sold here. The jeep was not original for California.

Right out of the exhaust manifold, there are two exhaust pipes, each with a bulb. What are these? Pre-converters?

Then the two pipes Y into one and lead to what I know as the catalytic converter. Finally, this leads to the muffler.

Thank you in advance for the advice.

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-26-2009, 08:50 PM
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You can pull codes without a scanner. Turn key on, off, on, off, on, off, on, without starting. it should display the codes on odometer

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usually, when the CEL flashes on and off, it means pull over, and turn off the vehicle. it's a warning letting you know something bad is with the jeep

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post #4 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Fault code 1494

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You can pull codes without a scanner. Turn key on, off, on, off, on, off, on, without starting. it should display the codes on odometer
Thanks for this, I only thought this worked on OBD I vehicles.

I get P1494.

Looking here, Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ - Diagnostic Trouble Codes, I get this:

P1494 (M).....Leak Detection Pump Sw or Mechanical Fault....Incorrect input state detected for the Leak Detection Pump (LDP) pressure switch.

What is the Leak Detection Pump (LDP) pressure switch?
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Can I reset the codes without the scan tool?

I found a vacuum line that is suspect and would like to see if the code comes back after I fix the line.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 12:21 AM
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Dissconnecting the battery for awhile(30min +/-) SHOULD reset the codes.
That I know works for OBD1 but it should work for yours.

Someone can correct if I'm wrong.

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post #7 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 12:27 AM
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Biggest thing I would suggest, is get a Haynes manual, $24 at AutoZone and will bring you a wealth of info. The one I have covers my '93-'03 or so. I would check but I'm in bed. Lol I can check tomorrow if you don't have it figured out.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 12:37 AM
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I'm bored, pokin around online, here is some info,

Jeep Cherokee Leak Detection Pump

Jeep Repair: leak detection pump pressure switch, jeep grand cherokee, vacuum lines

Just a couple........

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post #9 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I found a vacuum line from the LDP that had fallen off of the intake manifold. I replaced it and renewed the rubber connection.

Then unhooked the battery, which did reset the check engine light.

I hit the road and drove constantly for about 200 miles without a sign of the check engine light. But then it went on again.

I checked the code and found P0300 this time. The is called out as "Misfire detected in multiple Cylinders."
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 08:57 PM
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Full tune up hopefully will fix that. Hopefully its not a more serious problem.

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just got in my jeep and the MIL was blinking for a few seconds, then off. First time this has happened. there is a recall on this vehicle for some gas not getting to the engine issues and would lose power. Could this be the problem? any thoughts would be helpful
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-08-2014, 11:23 AM
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This post's 5 years old, and it's the wrong forum for your jeep. Try posting your question here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/
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just got in my jeep and the MIL was blinking for a few seconds, then off. First time this has happened. there is a recall on this vehicle for some gas not getting to the engine issues and would lose power. Could this be the problem? any thoughts would be helpful
jeepgrandhaven,

The MIL light will illuminate when the key is in the ON/RUN position before the engine starts. Certain conditions may cause the light to come on, such as a loose gas cap or poor fuel quality. It would be best to keep an eye on the light through several typical driving cycles.

If the light continues to flash, it is recommended the vehicle be brought to a Jeep dealer.

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I'm sure it is

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I tested that out and holy smokes that works.. Pretty cool tip
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