My check engine light comes on and it won't go off until I reset the computer by disconnecting the battery. The light will stay off for awhile then after driving the truck (97 F-150, Lariat) for awhile the light comes back on. The manual says this is related to cooling problem or something with emissions. I don't want to take the truck into Ford and have them charge me a $100+ to tell me the oxygen sensor or something like that is dirty. Can any one suggest what to clean or change. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks....
I had this very problem and mine turned out to be the wires that go to the IAT sensor had broke inside the insulation so it was not obvious to me or the mechanic that charged me $35.00 to give me the IAT sensor code. I replaced the sensor and still had the problem and was quite frustrated. Knowing it was in the IAT sensor area I got out my trusty multi-meter and went to work and found it. Anyway thats my story it would be worth looking at.
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ace: I'm guessing it's out of warrenty??? I had about 2k on my truck when the engine light came on. Ford reprogamed my computer!!! Who know's why your's is coming on??? You will most likly have to take it to ford to have it put on their dianostic machine.
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My check engine light came on at 40,000 miles on my 1999 F-150 and it turned out to be a bad gas cap which cost $13.45. When the fuel system would try and pressurize its self it would bypass around the seal on the gas cap. The dealer turned the check light off three times because they could not find the problem and it would always come back on about 1000 miles later. With yours being a 1997 model its possible that the seal may have gotten hard and not sealing good any more. Don't know why mine failed so quick. I've put about 3000 miles on the truck since they replaced the cap and so far so good.
Hey Ace- The check engine light can come on for many different reasons. If your unhooking the battery and the light comes back on then you have what we call a hard fault. A hard fault is a problem that is still happening. Your truck is equipped with EEC-V OBD-II engine management. OBD-II stands for on board diagnosis two. This system has a diagnostic connector located under the dash and any OBD-II compatible scan tool can be used to retrieve a DTC(diagnostic trouble code). The dealer or a independent shop can diagnosis this light.
Most shops will charge a hour diagnosis for the check engine light on. Good luck.
My light's been on twice. Once due to failed HEGO sensor and once due to failed O2 sensor. Neither under warranty and both combined cost almost $400 to diagnose and replace. I wish you luck and I hope you're under warranty.
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I just installed Airaid FIPK. First start up everything worked great. Second start the C.E. light came on. I cleaned the MAF sensor and reset computer (disconnect battery for 15 minutes) 3 times. I can drive or let idle as long as I want the first time, but the second start up after system initial check the C.E. light comes on. Motor runs fine when light is on. Anyone got any ideas or knows what's wrong?
Did you refuel since the installation? Have you checked to make sure your fuel cap is on tight? The check engine light will come on if the fuel cap is not on properly or the seal is damaged.
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My check engine light came on about 15 times during a 32 day trailer pulling trip. I reset it by disconnecting the battery, but having done so, the dealer could not diagnose the problem. I took it in on the 16th time with the light on and it was the left oxygen sensor. Hasn't come on since it was replaced.
You can get a good code reader from autozone for about $100. Until you know what the code is, it could be anything.
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