Best Answer

YES, connect pin 2 of the large conetor to the test plug, turn on the key but do not start it and the check engine light will flash once followed by the codes.

my 92 tempo had a yellow light service engine soon, i had a small computer under the hood replaced, that meters fuel to the car and was shutting off allowing to much fuel into the engine. the cost WA $245 usd but the problem was cured.

AnswerThere is a way to get trouble codes, but it's not like otheres. I know Doge had cars/trucks you could access codes using the light & turning key to 'accessory' twice & then off. With the Tempo/Topaz, there is a 'pin' located in a small plastic box (diagnostic label) under the hood. With a multimeter, +lead, on pin, -lead to ground. But you'll still need a manual to be sure the right pin,(I can't describe it for sure), and to know what the codes mean. I guess the answer to the question is......'sort of'. AnswerOn the firewall, near the strut tower - depending on year and engine depends if it is on the passenger side or driver's side - you will find a connector that looks like a trapezoid. It should have a smaller connector (ground) next to it. It may also say "Self Test". There are six terminals on the larger and the smaller has only one. If you use a sweep hand (analog) multimeter for this procedure, use a piece of wire to connect pin 2 on the larger connector to the negative side of the voltmeter and then use the probe of the multimeter to connect to pin 4 of the large terminal. Make sure you set the voltimeter between 15 and 20 volts. Put the key on the ignition, turn the switch to on (but do not start) and watch the sweep hand do its thing. If everything works correctly it will sweep once pause and then sweep again. This is a Code 11. That means everything is good to go.

You can also purchase at most autoparts stores, small engine analyzers that do the same thing without the hastle of pesky wires. It also comes with a book that has all of the trouble codes. But the best thing is it covers most Ford vehicles from 1984-1994, at which time Ford changed from the EEC-IV electronic engine control system to a newer system. The cost for this analyzer is about $30.00. It is truly a must have in your tool collection. It will tell you exactly what is wrong with any electronic engine control problem on your vehicle.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2011-09-13 12:30:16
This answer is:
User Avatar
Study guides

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: On a 92 Ford Tempo can the Service Engine Light be used to tell Trouble Codes just like older GM cars?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

How do you reset the service engine soon light on a 1996 Chrysler Town and Country?

The service engine soon, or check engine, light is reset with a scan tool after repairing the cause of the trouble codes.

How do you check the Service Engine Light codes on a 1985 Buick Riviera?

engine light

Your engine light came on what do you check?

you check the system for trouble codes.

Why is my srs light and check engine light on and also have no horn?

Suggest you have it checked for trouble codes. The engine computer and airbag system should both have codes.

Why can t you get trouble codes when check engine light on a 01 civic?

If you can not read codes with a scanner you have a wiring problem.

Why would by service engine light come on sometimes but not all the time?

Have a dealer or mechanic check for "trouble codes". It's probably the oxygen sensor(s).

2002 check engine light codes dodge neon?

See link below for a complete list of trouble codes.

Speedometer is not working and service engine soon light is on and the vehicle is jerking into gear what is going on?

Possible speed sensor issue. Have it checked for trouble codes to know what to diagnose.

Why is the check engine light on in your cavalier?

A problem with the emission system. Need to have trouble codes checked.

2000 BMW 323i What kind of service is due when the engine service light is on?

you need to have the car's computer scanned to see what codes are making the service engine soon light appear.

How long after you reset the check engine light do the codes clear in your cars computer?

pretty much instantly. As soon as the codes are cleared the check engine light goes off and vice versa, unless there still is trouble. In this case the codes won't clear until the trouble is repaired.

How do you reset the 'service engine soon' light on a 1998 Windstar?

The best thing to do if to have a code reader hooked up and read the trouble codes the reader can also clear the codes once you have read them. If the problems aren't fixed the light will come back.

People also asked