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.
ps. Not trying to start any flamewars with the name, I've just used it for years..
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.
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?
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.