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1988 Dakota..........3.9 v6


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12-12-04, 10:07 PM   #1  
1988 Dakota..........3.9 v6

Just wondering where I should start with a "maintenance required" idiot light. This just recently began and I don't notice any changes in performance.

 
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12-13-04, 04:39 AM   #2  
Turn the ignition key on and off two times and the light will flash two digit codes.Write codes down and I can look them up.

 
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12-13-04, 05:08 AM   #3  
MR light...

...is not the same as the check engine light. you don't get codes...it's a lamp to remind you to have your emissions systems checked. take it to a qualified tech, have it looked over...then it may require a scanner to turn it off. different models have different methods of turning it off...

 
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12-13-04, 12:41 PM   #4  
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If you want to save a few bucks, you can bring the car to one of the chain parts stores. A lot of them will put a scanner on it for free to get the codes. You can then replace the parts yourself. It's a pretty helpful service for those that can do the worl themselves but don't thave the scanner.

Good luck!

 
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12-13-04, 03:59 PM   #5  
Posted By: mazpower_hd If you want to save a few bucks, you can bring the car to one of the chain parts stores. A lot of them will put a scanner on it for free to get the codes. You can then replace the parts yourself. It's a pretty helpful service for those that can do the worl themselves but don't thave the scanner.

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NO, they can't. This is not an OBDII generic vehicle.

 
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12-13-04, 05:03 PM   #6  
the lamp needs to be reset only by scanner any shop with a scanner should be able to reset this lamp

 
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12-16-04, 03:28 AM   #7  
usually 89 and up chrysler vehicles require a scanner to reset maintence required light this being an 88 it probably has a manual reset box located under the dash that resets the light most shop manuals give you the location and procedure for reseting the light.
it was originally designed for an interval to check or replace certain emmision components such as carguyinva stated, but it is commonly just reset and often disconnected without ever inspecting such components.

 
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