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Old 06-21-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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Default 1993 Toyota Camry, Malfunction Indicator Lamp?

Hi, I have a 1993 Toyota Camry with 150,xxx miles on it. Yesterday while driving a light came on the dash and I didn't recognize what it was, but I just figured it was a 'check engine' light, so I looked it up in the manual. It says that it is called a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) and that it says that it means there is something wrong in the engine electrical system. There is a few things online about the MIL but nothing much at all and nothing about toyotas. I was wondering if this is a serious problem or not and if I should to take it in to the shop or what?

Also, called a few mechanics and they all say that I need a diagnostic or some said an electrical check or something along those lines. All of them said it'd be $120 just to check what the probelm is.

Thanks!

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Old 06-21-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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It's been 2 hours since you posted and no one has suggested you take it to Autozone and have them tell you what's wrong with it for free?

Amazing
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Umm....probably because a '93 Camry is OBDI, not OBDII. I'm not entirely sure where to start on that one, sorry. Maybe try talking to a reputable local mechanic?
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Hmm... I had a 1993 Camry and I never recall seeing this light... not even when I first turned on the ignition.

The check engine light on these cars if I recall is just a little icon of an engine.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Hmm... I had a 1993 Camry and I never recall seeing this light... not even when I first turned on the ignition.

The check engine light on these cars if I recall is just a little icon of an engine.
The MIL, CEL, SES and the engine symbol are all the same thing and when illuminated mean the ECM has stored a code.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Umm....probably because a '93 Camry is OBDI, not OBDII. I'm not entirely sure where to start on that one, sorry. Maybe try talking to a reputable local mechanic?
Exactly. Autozone doesn't do OBD1.

Anyway, either buy a Haynes manual and learn how to pull codes (My 94 Ranger needed little more than a paperclip or two or even just my multimeter) or help a shop pay for some of those updates they buy for their computers that set them back $1000s a year.
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Old 06-26-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Exactly. Autozone doesn't do OBD1.
And they should stay away from OBDII and just stick to selling wax and oil filters.

I'd like to have a $ percentage from all the unnecessary parts they sell from reading codes for free.
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