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Old 12-19-2007, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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check engine light on after stuck in snow

I got my 1998 Avalon stuck in the snow today after being parked in a ski area parking lot for 8 hrs. It snowed 10+".

I was rocking the car putting it in drive and reverse i changed gears to fast when the rpms were reved going forward into reverse. Shortly after this my check engine light turned on. It could have been because I had been stuck for 25min spinning my tires...or maybe worse tranny. Driving home I did not notice anything odd with the tranny shifting... I am hoping for the best.

Has anyone had an experience like this,
I will only drive the car when I need to, ie to work 1mile each way until I can go to the toyota mechanic next mon.

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Old 12-19-2007, 09:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Perhaps you doings upset the ECU computer and caused it to set a code.

Think you can reset the check engine light be removing the battery cable or EFI fuse. If disconnecting the battery cable the radio will lose its memory settings. Plus if the radio has a theft prevention code system make sure you have the code or it is not set, otherwise the radio will not work until the code is installed.

Reset it and see if it comes back.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Find out what the code is before you erase it. It may be something unrelated to the wheel spin.
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Old 12-20-2007, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd put my money on a transmission code after rocking it out of the snow...go get the codes checked, im curious.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the insight

I will take her into the mechanic when I get the chance until the I will take her easy just to be safe...if she breaks i am SOL and I cannot have that.

I will keep you posted

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