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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:06 PM
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<p>So your Ford trucks Check Engine light is on...This is your Ford truck telling you that there may be a problem.</p>
<p>You have two options here: I. Bring it over to a Ford Dealer/Ford MechanicII. Pull the codes yourself and find out what they mean</p>
<p>If you have the money and are able to just bring it right over to a trusting mechanic then good for you! For most of us, money is somewhat tight and it forces us to take matters into our own hands. This issue being no different.</p>
<p>So you have decided to join the rest of us and take matters into your own hands, GREAT! Where do you begin though? Well that is simple. First thing I suggest you do is figure out what type of On-Board Diagnostic system your truck has (this works for cars as well). Currently the two main On-Board Diagnostic systems are OBD I and OBD II. Once you figure out what diagnostic system your truck has then it is time to move onto the next step. Now that we know what we have, we need to use a Diagnostic Code Reader to pull the trouble codes.</p>
<p>There are many manufacturers who make Diagnostic Code Readers and a good suggestion is to buy one before you need it! If you have not purchased one do not worry, your local AutoZone should be able to read the trouble codes for you. Usually this service is done free of charge. A good rule of thumb if you go to AutoZone is to have them print out the list of codes that they pull. If you decide to you use your own code reader then make sure that you write them down so you dont forget.</p>
<p>Once you have retrieved all of your trouble codes it is now time to look them up. Below I will provide you with links for OBD I and OBD II diagnostic codes. Some of the codes may refer to an easy fix but for the tougher ones please let a certified Ford mechanic fix the problem. You would hate to have to make a small problem a BIG problem. Good luck!To discuss this blog entry click [HERE]</p>

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