Question about 1998 Ford Explorer
Stop by local parts store (Autozone,Advance, etc) and have them do a free fault code test. They can print out a list of faults and clear the codes
Posted on Jan 02, 2011
Try to fix source of problem ASAP! A flashing CEL light means catalyst system is being harmed by excessive hydrocarbons that aren't being burned correctly by the engine. Common cause is usually a misfire in one of the engine cylinders, faulty MAF sensor or faulty ECT sensor.
Posted on Nov 20, 2014
(1) buy an ODB-II code reader and use ti to ask your car's computer why it's lighting the check engine
light - OR borrow one from AutoZone tool loaner program to do the same.
(2) it might be a clogged Torque converter clutch solenoid valve, and while you could remove your
transmission oil pan to access this, its possible that a transmission fluid change will unclog it.
(3) the blinking check engine light means that the engine is misfiring - check your spark plug
wires (they may need to be replaced) and/or spark plugs, DIS (distributorless ignition
system) coil packs, etc. Distributor ignition system - all parts..
To get a better solution, you'll want to follow up with more info on your car:
(1) Type of ignition system: DIS (distributorless) or Distributor Ignition system?
(2) what model is your 1998 Explorer? choices are many ---
(a) 1998 Ford Explorer 2WD - available engines:
6-cylinder (VIN E) 4.0L EFI SOHC (found in 56% of 98 Explorer 2WD)
6-cylinder (VIN X) 4.0L EFI (found in 44% of 98 Explorer 2WD)
(b) 1998 Ford Explorer 4WD - available engines:
6-cylinder (VIN E) 4.0L EFI SOHC (found in 79% of 98 Explorer 4WD)
6-cylinder (VIN X) 4.0L EFI (found in 21% of 98 Explorer 4WD)
(c) 1998 Ford Explorer AWD (all wheel drive) - available engine:
8-cylinder (VIN P) 5.0L EFI (found in 100% of 98 Explorer AWD)
The engine code part of the VIN is the 8th digit (from total of 17 digits).
Posted on Jan 02, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: the engin lamp is lighting
most likely plugs or wires (Do both at the same time best bet) Your engine has a certain load a certain speeds, if your ignition system (plugs + wires) arent up to snuff, they will misfire at certain speeds only. I would recomend it 1st, other than that there are a couple of things that do it, but that is most likely. Shop around for ignition parts dilligently, its a very cutthroat market and prices vary greatly, make sure you only buy platinum plugs or better.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
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