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Changed spark plugs on 03 ford escape , check engine light on now

I noticed I had a small amount of transmission fluid under my car, I took my car over to my friends boyfriend so he could check it out, while me and my friend went shopping he took it up on himself to change my spark plugs, which has nothing to do with transmission, he changed the spark plugs now my check engine light is on and it never was before as well as my car is idling EXTREAMLY rough, Im scared to even drive it, What could he have done to cause this, My check engine light has never ever came on

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  • amanda jennings Dec 04, 2012

    so now 600.00 later my car is fixed, but this is my next question, is it possible even a tiny bit possible, that when my friend started the car to bring it back to me that the check engine light and idle had not started yet? he says it wasnt doing that when he brought it back to me, but the shop where i had it repaired said 2 coil packs were damaged and they showed them to me as well as mixed or crossed wires



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Maybe he put the plug wires on wrong.

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Thanks for using FixYa. The check engine light is on because ECM (Control Module) detected a fault with your car's system. ECM has self-testing capability. When the computer senses that there is a problem with some of the components it stores the correspondent trouble code(s) in its memory and lights up the "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light to tell you that there is a problem and your car needs to be looked at. You'll need to get the codes checked from a nearby dealer/mechanic. Please revert with the codes so that I can tell you where exactly the issue is.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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I'am only going to quess here.
The spark plugs have no bearing on anything.
The alternator is usually a remanufactured item. That said, you don't always get new bearings in the case. I wouldn't suspect they are the noise, you hear though.
IF, you didn't have these issues before the alternator switch, You, know where the current problem is.
Meaning,either the new alternator has the wrong pulley on it,and the belt is not tracking correctly,thus putting pressure on the sides of the tension and idler pulleys. Now you have a real mess,noise and belt about to chew it's self apart.
Second,if I'am wrong,remember,I am quessing, then you have other problems,not properly addressed, for some reason,when they relieved you of some money for the alternator isses.

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The steam indicates coolant leaking into your cylinders either through a blown head gasket, cracked head, or cracked cylinder liner / liner o-ring.Smoke that only comes out at startup would indicate that your valve stem seals are leaking, allowing a small amount of oil to get into your cylinders while the vehicle is not running.Check the oil level.If its low get it full.And check if its getting low again.If its getting then its oil leak. Also what is the color of smoke. If its white smoke:---There is coolant leak and it often means burning antifreeze in the car. If its black smoke:---Black smoke is burning oil. If it is blue smoke:-- Blue smoke is usually transmission fluid due to a leaking modulator valve. ---------- It has to be checked,the color of smoke to confirm the fault.This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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