It's an indication that the computer has detected a problem. It means you're supposed to use a code scanner to find out what's wrong. It's a simple process, and code scanners are available at most auto parts retailers. You can usually borrow, rent or buy one just about anywhere that auto parts are sold. CSK auto, Auto Zone and other retailers usually lend code scanners as well as offering them for sale. You can also buy them from other auto parts retailers. The " check engine light" is by far one of the most misunderstood technological advances It is a warning light that is illuminated when there is a problem affecting the EMISSIONS of the vehicle.. Don't let it bother you as it is a good thing once you understand it. One point that was brought up a recent meeting of technicians was that the amount of hydrocarbons is greater when the gas cap is left off than when the engine is running. Hydrocarbons are part of pollution emitted as gasoline evaporates. Going a step farther, one facet of the emission system is the "Evaporative" portion. This is when the fumes from the gasoline are leaking from the system into the outside air. This is one part of the emission system that can trigger a check engine light. I would say a small percentage of the vehicles that have a check engine light are the result of a loose or inadequate gas cap. But understand that many scenarios are possible with the "check engine light" The vehicle's powertrain computer (note that some vehicles have multiple computers aside from the powertain computer) will run a series of self-tests. They will only run under certain criteria. And they are different from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some self-tests or
Be more specific! Warning light or check engine. If, warning light. What function?
There are several warning lights on a 1997 Grand Am. Some of the warning lights are the ABS system, oil lights, and the check engine light.
On a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer : The " CHECK ENGINE " warning light is just to the left of the battery voltage gauge
That's the ubiquitous 'check engine' light.
On a 1997 Ford Explorer : CHECK ENGINE is just to the left of the " C " on the engine coolant temperature gauge ( Helpfull )
On a 1997 Ford Explorer : The air bag readiness warning light is located in the bottom area of the tachometer . It is between and slightly above the " BRAKE " warning light and the left turn signal indicator . It looks like a person that is seated and has a oval shaped circle in front of them
No, the headlight bulb will just not turn on. The check engine light only comes on when there is a problem with the ENGINE, not the BULB.
Your check engine light will not come on in the auxilary (accesory) position. It comes on when the key is in the on (run) position to check the warning lights just before you start the vehicle.
Have vehicle scanned to determine the problem
A check engine light in a 1997 Ford Explorer can be a bad sensor, or the motor could be faulty. You will need to get it checked by a professional to know for sure. Your friendly local auto parts store can scan for codes and determine what you should do next at no cost.
If the air bag warning light is on in your gauge cluster, that is indicating a fault with your SRS system (airbag system) Get it checked out.
When working on a car, it is important to have a diagram on hand. A diagram for a 1997 Ford Explorer Engine can be found in the maintenance manual.
It has a " service engine soon " warning light that illuminates when the engines emission control system requires service and for a few seconds when the ignition key is in the run position before starting the engine . It is located directly below the " door ajar " warning light , just to the left of the fuel gauge
There isn't a 6.0 engine in any explorer. In the 1997 Explorer there were 2 available engines: a 4.0L V-6 or a 5.0L V-8.
ABS stands for Automatic Braking System. The ABS light in a 1997 Ford Explorer will come on when this braking system is activated.
If the brake light in your dash is on , either the BRAKE FLUID LEVEL in the brake master cylinder in your engine compartment is LOW or your parking brake is on
In the A4 it's not a warning light, it should actually indicate that your lights are on.
The 1997 Ford Explorer ambient temperature sensor can be found on the bottom of the drivers side mirror. The engine coolant temperature sensor can be found on the front of the engine.
An obdII code reader will tell you why the light is on and might tell you what is wrong
The 1997 Ford Explorer available V8 engine is a 5.0 L (302 cubic inch) The oil filter is on the driver's side of the engine, towards the front.
On my 98 blazer a little light that looks like a gas pump would illuminate when low, a Jimmy should be the same. On a 1997 gmc jimmy, the check engine light comes on if you're very low on fuel.
On a 1997 Ford Explorer : I believe there is a fuel reset warning light just above and in - between the speedometer and tachometer that is supposed to light up when the fuel pump inertia switch ( shut off switch ) has been " tripped " and needs to be manually reset by pushing the button down that has popped up on the top of the switch ( when you first turn your ignition key to the run position , just before starting the engine , you should see the light come on , just to prove that the bulb still works
According to my Haynes Explorer Repair Manual : A 1997 Ford Explorer , 5.0 liter V8 engine has ( a total of 4 oxygen sensors )
The fuel pump relay for your 1997 Ford Explorer - is the # 6 relay in the power distribution box in your engine compartment