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Old 03-13-2003, 08:15 PM
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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.

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Old 03-13-2003, 08:21 PM
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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.
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Old 03-13-2003, 08:23 PM
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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..

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Old 03-13-2003, 08:25 PM
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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/
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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.
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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?

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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.

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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.

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Gotta ask....reberhardt is that your real last name?
My last name ends in hardt too
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