Common Causes for Ford Check Engine Light
Has the check engine light turned on in your Ford F-150, Explorer, Escape, Focus, Mustang, or Fusion? It can be alarming seeing an engine warning appear on your dashboard, especially if you"ve never seen it before. A wide array of issues can cause a check engine light to come on, some more serious than others. Fortunately AutoNation Ford Memphis is here to help you figure out what might be wrong, and what your next steps should be. Below we have highlighted the most common causes of a check engine light.
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What to Do if Your Ford Check Engine Light Comes On
No matter the situation, when the check engine light comes on in your Ford, we always suggest stopping by our service center so one of our knowledgeable technicians can properly diagnose and repair your vehicle. Our service technicians have the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment that can quickly read Ford OBD codes.
The way your check engine light is behaving though can help you determine what might be wrong with your Ford, and the severity of the issue. To help you better understand what you should do next, we"ve outlined possible scenarios:The check engine light only comes on in certain conditions: If the check engine light is coming on intermittently, be sure to notice any changes in the performance of your vehicle when the light is on. If you do notice a difference, try driving your vehicle as little as possible until you can bring it in for service. Most likely something is on the verge of failing and you run this risk of your vehicle not starting again.The check engine light is constantly on: Your vehicle"s onboard diagnostic system has determined something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Although your vehicle may seem to be operating fine, it"s best to bring it in for service as soon as possible to prevent additional issues.The check engine light is on and there is a noticeable performance issue: If you are noticing a consistent decrease in performance with the check engine light on, your vehicle may have automatically entered a "limp-mode" to prevent additional damage. In this case, you should come straight to our service center or have the vehicle towed to prevent any damage to the engine..The check engine light is blinking while driving: Not to be confused with the light occasionally flickering in the first situation, if your check engine light is blinking consistently that typically indicates there is a major issue with your vehicle and you should pull over when safe. If you are not close to our service center, we suggest having your vehicle towed here just to be safe.
If you any additional questions regarding check engine lights, please give us a call at (901) 209-1259 to speak with one of our teammates, or simply schedule an appointment with our online form.
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