how to pull check engine codes without a scanner
new to the forum, just inherited a 1988 ram 50 w/ 2.0 from elder next door neighbor that put 54k on the clock, body and all is great, engine clean and purrs, cept service light is on and stepping on gas beyond 1/2 way produces a nice bog down that I need to rectify, I think its a carb issue from things i've seen here already, but my question today is first how to pull the service codes without buying a scanner i may only need once, is there a ignition key cycling you can do to get the codes to flash the service light, or a pin key that will make the codes speak
just don't wanna buy a scanner if there is a cheaper way
thanks in advance
A scanner is not necessary. All you need is a volt meter with a needle. If you look in the manual section> over 216 manuals> look for the Haynes Manual. It covers your MM truck. In there is a step by step with pictures on what pins to use. All you do is count the swings of the needle and look them up. The EGR light comes on every 50,000 mile or so and needs to be reset. It's behind the speedo a tiny switch that you flip.
ah OK, so it might be the 50k service light then........i'll check thanks
not excited though about troubleshooting the carb
Does it run OK?
If so then it's probably going to be the light. All I know is the switch is in the dash on the right side near the gage cluster.
Welcome to the forum, sounds like you got a good truck that can easily add 200k more miles.
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