I bought my 2005 tarus yesterday and nothing was wrong, but then all of a sudden the check fuel cap light came on. well i filled the tank and i put the cap on tight and still the light remains. I did notice that the gray cover the the cap goes over has a crack on the side. mabey that might be it but dont know what to do. Please advise.
I don't think this will help but I'm willing to share my experience. My gas cap light stays on all the time. I was told to buy a new gas cap. (from different stores I bought 5). Everytime I would replace the cap the light would go away for a day or 2 but returned and is still on. The Dealership said it has been happening but nothing to worry about. I have had no troubles because of it, just annoying.
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well if u have a 1983 ford tarus that has made it this long congrats... start by cleaning the mass air flow meter with mass air flow cleaner anything else will damage the electronics inside.. if it has had all the basics checked ie: plugs cap rotor fuel pressure then consider the coolant temp sensor.. if it reads different then actual temp it can cause cars computer to send wrong amount of fuel to air ratio..
you don`t say if you know why it dies because the battery is dead or it stops while driving.check the fuel pressure with a gage.it could be a pump problem or fuel filter.are you loosing spark when it stops running.have you checked for spark.have you checked to see if there is a code in the ecm(computer) that need to be checked out.start with the above to know which way to start to find the problem
Why would you ask that question?
Check lights have been on vehicles for 31 years.
Everyone should know by now, that you need to check for the code set, when the light came on.
The codes you get, are a starting point for diagnostic troubleshooting,not something that tells you what's wrong or needs replacing.
Education is the key here
I have same problem, 04 Tarus, Abs light, brake light, fuel cap light, oil pressure light, and one other, checked oil pressure with manual gauge and its good, has been doing this since it was new in 04, also radio has a mind of its own turns up and down on its own when warning lights are on.
recheck spark by putting a plug into one of the plug wires and place on valve cover, crank engine and see saprk in that plug. check fuel pressure during cranking to verify fuel supply. If you have no fuel pressure check fuses and fuel pump relay, in fuse box and power distribution box under the hood. If all are good check for power at the fuel pump connector with the key in start position, in run position the power will only be there for about 5 seconds, you are correct with fuel and spark it should run, let me know what you find