Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums



Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator 1991-1994, 1995-2001, 2002-2005, 2006-2010 Ford Explorer

Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-13-2003, 09:15 PM
vw_fan17 vw_fan17 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 5
vw_fan17 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Hi, all. Pretty nice set of forums ya got here!

My new girlfriend halfway across the continent (that's a whole 'nother thread in itself ) just had her "check engine" light come on in her 2000 Explorer.

She bought the car used, and didn't get a manual with it (yeah, I know..). I drove it when I visited her, but I didn't look under the hood, and she's not that interested in cars.. It has 4WD, and I'm pretty sure it's a V6, although I have no idea whether it's the OHV or the SOHC.

Anyway - how does the OBD-II connector work with Fords (as you might guess - I have no experience with Fords)? Does it have a user-accessible mode like my Corrado, where if I short 2 terminals, the check engine light will blink out the codes? Or is this strictly a dealer-only item?

Anyone have a link handy to a list of all the codes?

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
VW Fan
ps. Not trying to start any flamewars with the name, I've just used it for years..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-13-2003, 09:21 PM
Diesel_Dummy _ Diesel_Dummy _ is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 305
Diesel_Dummy _ is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

you can get OBDII scanners at autozone exe for under 150 bucks


i'd bet she left the cas cap loose , that will set the light everytime.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-13-2003, 09:23 PM
vw_fan17 vw_fan17 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 5
vw_fan17 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Thanks for the tip. Yeah, the gas cap WAS pretty annoying to screw on and off. I'll tell her to check that first!

Not really looking to spend $150 for scanner though - was wondering if there was a cheap (although maybe tedious) way..

VW
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-13-2003, 09:25 PM
Diesel_Dummy _ Diesel_Dummy _ is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 305
Diesel_Dummy _ is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

no other way to pull codes , i could be wrong, but theres over 5000 OBDII codes and to have the CEL blink that many times would be anoying to try to follow.

check this site out , might be some helpfull info

http://www.batauto.com/
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-13-2003, 10:13 PM
reberhardt reberhardt is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 580
reberhardt is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Another way to pull the codes is by taking it to Autozone. Most Autozone's will still pull the codes for free. Be sure she writes down the code number and doesn't buy what they try to sell her. Post the codes here and someone will be able to help.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-13-2003, 10:37 PM
vw_fan17 vw_fan17 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 5
vw_fan17 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Diesel - the way it works on my Corrado (it's actually pre-OBD2, but has the OBD2 connector) is that you blink one digit at a time, and then tell it to move to the next one when you've written that one down.

5000 codes = 4 digits, so 4 sets of blinks, up to 10 blinks per set. Not that hard to follow, actually. Takes about 3-5 minutes to blink out a code.

Thanks for the suggestion, reberhardt. Ist dass zufaellig ein deutscher Name?

VW
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-14-2003, 11:26 AM
reberhardt reberhardt is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 580
reberhardt is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

There is no such mode with OBD-II vehicles like the pre-OBD-II vehicles had. The data is stored in the computer and only retreivable by a scanner that can talk to it using the proper protocol. It is in a format similar to a binary format until it gets decoded to a legible format.

My ancestors about 3 generations back are from Germany.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-14-2003, 12:06 PM
vw_fan17 vw_fan17 is offline
New User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 5
vw_fan17 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Ah. I didn't realize that the "full" OBD-II had disabled that mode - too bad. I guess I'll have to adapt whenever I sell this one and move up to something newer.. :-(

Thanks for all the tips, guys.

VW
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-15-2003, 12:42 AM
Racerguy's Avatar
Racerguy Racerguy is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 12,671
Racerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to behold
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

Gotta ask....reberhardt is that your real last name?
My last name ends in hardt too
meine deutsch ist nicht ser gut.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-17-2003, 11:24 AM
reberhardt reberhardt is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 580
reberhardt is starting off with a positive reputation.
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

R=Robert
Eberhardt=Eberhardt
i.e. Robert Eberhardt
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-17-2003, 05:27 PM
Racerguy's Avatar
Racerguy Racerguy is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 12,671
Racerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to beholdRacerguy is a splendid one to behold
Check Engine Light, 2000 Explorer

yup that makes sense
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Project Time Benztechnc 1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 19 02-12-2017 07:11 PM
Bad starter? deputydog03 1999 to 2016 Super Duty 9 01-12-2016 02:41 AM
Blown Plug or Bad Rod? highendredneck 1997-2006 Expedition & Navigator 34 11-23-2015 05:11 PM
Need To Whine: 2003 VW JETTA TDI - Fuel tank leak, JimmyRC86F150 General Automotive Discussion 15 12-23-2005 07:36 PM
check engine light, 96 explorer, EGR weaver79 Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator 4 01-07-2003 08:29 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums >

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:42 PM.