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Just bought a 2007 Ford Explorer from Carmax in Charlotte NC. Driving back home to Charleston WV. The Check Engine light come on right outside Charlotte, or the alternator looking part light. The vehicle only has 27,000 miles on it. I have already checked gas cap. Wonder if it's going to get us home without hurting the new vehicle

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  • northeast4x4 Oct 16, 2010

    thank you Clay for your help I looked the light it was showing up it was the "Check Engine". We made it back home safe going to take to dealer on Monday thanks again for all of your help have a good weekend.

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Two things that can happen. Let's say theirs nothing wrong with the car, You went to the gas station and didn't turn the car off as you added gas or even just left the key on with the car shut off. Or let's say you knew that you were going a long way and you kept pumping the fuel to get her real good and full. ( don't do that it flls the places the fumes are supposed to be and the sensers for fuel tank pressure go nuts). Let's say that your in one state and drove to a different state where the fuel forulation rules are different. The engine will be fine but the engine will have to retune to the new gas. If the gas is alot different, this might take a while. but the computer knows how to make a new adaptive fuel stratgy, and as it drives it'll come to a retuning that the sensers like and come into range and after a few engine starts it'll reset, and the light will go off on it's own. You can sto at an Adavanced Auto parts or Auto Zonestore and they can connect a scanner to the car and pull up the codes and see if it's a slow oxagen senser or other mixture related problem. (P0420 ) or other mixture fuel code. If it is drive on things that they might do is reset the computer for you but many stores wouldn't do it for you anymore as some peaple have complained loudly that they were damaged, or ripped off in some way. Us mechanics have known thes things and how they change but the average driver has no idea of all the goings on under the hood of tier car and their frustrated and take it out on whoevere is handy. Do look under the hood just to see if everything seems to be in place. no oil or coolant or any other wetness. no loose parts falling off and all the fan belts are inplace and tight. The levels of the nearly clear tanks have juice in them. ( don't take the lid off just wiggle the car a little and notice the fluild moving around. if it's in there it's fine. Don't expert trobleit's morelikly to be one of the things I've told you about. Enjoy you new car and get it looked at by your regular mechanic after you get home.

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Hi.Good news for you sir or maam.If it is an alternator type symbol,you would need an alternator a battery or both however,there usually isn't a light for the alternator,instead,the battery light would come on if there were a charging issue,but most likely at startup only and you can get a jumpstart to get home,easily as it will keep running until you turn it off.Better news,so many little or big things can cause an engine light to come on but unless your car is running fine,no misfire,backfire,bucking,etc. there also should be no problem.Just be sure all of your fluid levels are good too,especially oil and transmission.If you are on the road and want to check your transmission fluid,the car needs to have been running long enough to warm up the engine and checked with the engine running also doing a few dips for accuracy.Some engines do not have a dipstick and be checked by a shop anyway,so if you see that,it really is not an issue.Best news(this comment always gets me low ratings but is true,just ask any REPUTABLE shop such as an AAA approved one).Since I mentioned that the check engine light can be caused by many things and is one of the worst systems ever invented.Like I said,if your fluids are good,car is running fine,do not even worry about it.I have seen other forums where people actually recommend covering that light with a piece of black tape.I am not going to tell you that but so many reliable shops know about that light and will tell you about the same.There have been many cases where someone gets the check engine light,takes it in for a diagnostic check,spend thousands on anything it recommends and guess what...it is still glaring back at them.So many that it is not even funny.The worst issues with a check engine light are from states which require a vehicle inspection and that light HAS to be off.So enjoy yourselves.Feel free to comment back here when you get back home and I will get an autolink to what you say and reply if you wish.Stay safe! Greg

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If it is running fine then you will be ok until you get it repaired if what you see is the Check Engine Light. If the Alternator light is on then the engine will stop running when the battery voltage is depleted and you may be stranded on the road. All depends on which light is on and how the engine is running.

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