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    No Check Engine Light when key inserted in ignition

    Its been so long since ive had issues with my car that I forgot if my CEL should light up when I insert my key on the ignition. My battery and oil light come on but no CEL. Is that normal? I believe my CEL should briefly come on then go away.

    Im having issues with my engine starting but then idles very rough then dies. If I step on the gas I can keep it going for a few seconds but it idles rough and runs rich. After it stalls the check engine light comes on along with all other lights. Since I dont have an odb1 scanner I tried jumping the connectors with a paper clip but i cant get my CEL to blink even if I blink at it lol.

    One other weird thing is the the VSV valve that actuates the IAC inlet on the 2JZGE throttle body clicks like crazy the minute I turn the key to the on position in the ignition.

    Anyhow, my car sits most of the time, its a 94 NA and its mainly driven on weekends but not much. I drove it a few days ago and it ran fine, I parked it in the garage, a week later this happens. Any thoughts on what it could be?
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    Yes, the Check Engine telltale light on the left pod should come on when the key is turned to the ON position. Try tapping on the pod with your knuckle. If that doesn't get it to come on, then you have a cold solder joint in that pad, or your copper bulb contacts are worn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitshftr View Post
    Yes, the Check Engine telltale light on the left pod should come on when the key is turned to the ON position. Try tapping on the pod with your knuckle. If that doesn't get it to come on, then you have a cold solder joint in that pad, or your copper bulb contacts are worn.
    Thanks, weird thing is the CEL will light up when the engine stalls and stays on so could it still be a contact issue?

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    That cluster was the first to go intermittent on me

    I would resolder it, fixed mine, no issues last 6 years

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