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Fastfwd75

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Posted: 06/25/14 02:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess everything was falling into place too easily.
Everything was finally set to leave sunday for 2 months.

Check engine light on the dashboard and Ford can't see the truck before wednesday.



I guess it will be a 7 weeks trip instead of 8.


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Posted: 06/25/14 03:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

check your fuel cap!

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How about getting yourself a code reader. Plug it into the truck and see what code it is.

Or go to an auto parts store and they will read it for you


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Take it to Canadian Tire and have them read the code; then go online to the Ford owner's site and find out what it is complaining about.


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How many miles on the Vehicle. Engine lights are programmed to come on about 65K miles or so. Take it to Auto Zone and they will hook it up and tell you the code for free. If they don't know what the code is you can always look it up on the Net.
There have been a few good suggestions as well. Don't panic. YET

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mike mck wrote:

How many miles on the Vehicle. Engine lights are programmed to come on about 65K miles or so. Take it to Auto Zone and they will hook it up and tell you the code for free. If they don't know what the code is you can always look it up on the Net.
There have been a few good suggestions as well. Don't panic. YET


I never heard of check engine lights being programmed to come on every 65k miles, and I've had 6 vehicles post 1996 with well over 100k and never had the check engine light come on. I do agree with bringing it to any auto part store for a scan. It's generally free and they will sell you the parts to make the repair.

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Yep...Get the code read at a local auto parts store (usually free) and determine how serious it really is. If it's something simple and the truck drives fine, it might be able to wait until you return from vacation to address it. Most CEL, if unaccompanied by other symptooms, are emissions-related issues which shouldn't affect driveability too much. Good luck...


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yrusoslo wrote:

check your fuel cap!

Up until a month ago, this suggestion would have resulted in me scratching my head. But recently the check engine light came on and it was emission related and turned out it was the fuel cap not sealing properly!

Agree - take it by an auto parts store. Most of all, let us know what you find!


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jfkmk wrote:

mike mck wrote:

How many miles on the Vehicle. Engine lights are programmed to come on about 65K miles or so. Take it to Auto Zone and they will hook it up and tell you the code for free. If they don't know what the code is you can always look it up on the Net.
There have been a few good suggestions as well. Don't panic. YET


I never heard of check engine lights being programmed to come on every 65k miles, and I've had 6 vehicles post 1996 with well over 100k and never had the check engine light come on. I do agree with bringing it to any auto part store for a scan. It's generally free and they will sell you the parts to make the repair.


I've seen 1 do it. Early 90's Mitsubishi Mighty Max. My friend owned it and in high school we stayed out late one night driving around just so it would hit 100k on the odometer. As soon as that 6th digit appeared the CEL came on. I remember helping him tear the dash apart to pull the bulb the following weekend


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What year is the truck? Gas or Diesel?


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