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Old 08-28-2005, 10:01   #1 (permalink)
carolyn007
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Check Engine Light 3.8L 1994 Ford Taurus

The check engine light comes on every once in a while on my 1994 Ford Taurus
GL with a 3.8L engine. I have been having to add transmission fluid to the
car, I make the levels do not go below the cross-hatched area on the
dipstick.

Could this make the check engine light come on? It will come on either
driving up a hill or going down a hill. I live in a mountainous area and
there really isn't any flat areas.
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Old 08-28-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine Light 3.8L 1994 Ford Taurus

carolyn007 <carolyn007@msn.com> wrote in
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> The check engine light comes on every once in a while on my 1994 Ford
> Taurus GL with a 3.8L engine. I have been having to add transmission
> fluid to the car, I make the levels do not go below the cross-hatched
> area on the dipstick.
>
> Could this make the check engine light come on? It will come on either
> driving up a hill or going down a hill. I live in a mountainous area
> and there really isn't any flat areas.
>


Well, Carolyn... if the lite comes on, there will be a code stored.

Find an autoparts store that reads out codes and post them here... do NOT
just let them sell you the fix.
Do not just accept their definition, post the exact codes.
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Old 08-31-2005, 22:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine Light 3.8L 1994 Ford Taurus

In article <Xns96C0922E14D5pettyfogery@207.115.63.158>, Backyard Mechanic <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote:
>carolyn007 <carolyn007@msn.com> wrote in
>news:11h3pcsivjfr940@corp.supernews.com:
>
>> The check engine light comes on every once in a while on my 1994 Ford
>> Taurus GL with a 3.8L engine. I have been having to add transmission
>> fluid to the car, I make the levels do not go below the cross-hatched
>> area on the dipstick.
>>
>> Could this make the check engine light come on? It will come on either
>> driving up a hill or going down a hill. I live in a mountainous area
>> and there really isn't any flat areas.
>>

>
>Well, Carolyn... if the lite comes on, there will be a code stored.
>
>Find an autoparts store that reads out codes and post them here... do NOT
>just let them sell you the fix.
>Do not just accept their definition, post the exact codes.


Not really on the same topic, but mine has been coming on and then going off
by itself after a few days. When the light is off is the code still there?
There is nothing wrong with the car (96 Windstar) that I can tell. It starts
and runs fine.

Tom
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Old 09-01-2005, 06:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine Light 3.8L 1994 Ford Taurus

tduller@wi.rr.com (Tom Duller) wrote in
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>
> Not really on the same topic, but mine has been coming on and then
> going off by itself after a few days. When the light is off is the
> code still there? There is nothing wrong with the car (96 Windstar)
> that I can tell. It starts and runs fine.
>
> Tom
>


Yep... the code stays.

Have it read out. Typical of that 'CEL on and off' but car runs fine
symptom, are DPFE/EGR problems.

Check the tubing running to the dpfe sensor to start, have the codes read
and report here.

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Old 09-01-2005, 23:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Check Engine Light 3.8L 1994 Ford Taurus

In article <Xns96C459BB8AF13pettyfogery@207.115.63.158>, Backyard Mechanic <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote:
>tduller@wi.rr.com (Tom Duller) wrote in
>news:
>
>>
>> Not really on the same topic, but mine has been coming on and then
>> going off by itself after a few days. When the light is off is the
>> code still there? There is nothing wrong with the car (96 Windstar)
>> that I can tell. It starts and runs fine.
>>
>> Tom
>>

>
>Yep... the code stays.
>
>Have it read out. Typical of that 'CEL on and off' but car runs fine
>symptom, are DPFE/EGR problems.
>
>Check the tubing running to the dpfe sensor to start, have the codes read
>and report here.
>


Thank you! Is this something that can wait a few weeks? I don't have time (or
money) to spend on this for a while.

Tom
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