Blinking CEL and hot weather issue

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  1. #1
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    Sep 2001
    Dallas TX USA

    Blinking CEL and hot weather issue

    I have a problem with my car. I would like to check with the forum before I take it to the shop.

    My CEL was blinking whenever I used the turbo (hit the gas pedal hard). I felt some hesitation on the turbo. It disappeared after 4-5 blinks. I repeated it 3 times, after that the CEL stayed on. As far as I can tell the car running fine. I'm afraid to step on the gas now. I accelerate slowly.

    Any idea what could be the problem?

    Also, I have this problem that may relate to the CEL problem above. Sometimes the engine stops running when I slow down such as approaching stop light or exiting highway. It only happens on hot weather 70 degree or above. The hotter the weather, it happens more ofter. I tried to clean the MAF. It doesn't help.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Austin, TX
    From what I've seen here, the blinking CEL means turn off the car and have it towed to a shop. Though I'm not certain, I'd be pretty worried.

  4. #3
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    Dec 2006
    For what its worth, I had that same exact problem with my 1.8t...towed it straight to the was the ignition coils. Those things are faulty. Cost about 350 dollars. If it becomes that, make sure your replace all 4 of them

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