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Engen light came on - 1998 Ford Windstar

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    Check lights have been on vehicles for 30 years



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The " check engine light" is also known as a malfunction indicator light (MIL). You can disconnect the battery red lead for about 5 min and it will reset. However, if there is a hard fault, it will come back on.

Pull the codes from the computer using an OBD (II) code reader. Match the code to the troubleshooting procedure, follow the procedure to find the source of the fault. After you have repaired the fault, the light will go out if that was the only problem. There are "monitors" or self tests the computer runs the car through a drive cycle, if a problem occurs, it may not run all of the self tests until that problem is taken care. Therefore, another problem may exist.

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When the Check engine light comes on an error code is recorded. Parts stores will read the error codes fro free. That will tell you the reason for the light. If there is a part needed it will identify what part.

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