Is there a computer that can give me an error code?

Tiny
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  • 1992 FORD EXPLORER
  • 12,700 MILES
1992 Ford explorer
While driving it made a slight noise and quit "driving" forward. Meaning, while pushing the gas pedal the rpms increased but acted as if it were in nuetral. We pulled over and turned off the car. After that it would not start again, we pulled the started and had it tested and it is still good.
Last week we noticed at an idle we could hear a small clicking noise and the rmps and temp. Would increase slightly for about 30secs and then return to normal. It did this once while driving up a gravel mountain road, but that was the only time while in "drive" that this occured. Could these be related? Could it be an electrical issue? Any advice for DIY?
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 2:18 AM

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Tiny
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ANY PARTS STORE WILL READ YOUR CODES
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 2:32 AM
Tiny
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I know they will read my codes, but how do I get my error codes? Is there a way to read them at home?
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 2:34 AM
Tiny
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There are connectors you can purchase to flash out the code numbers.

On obd 1 systems, the codes are generic and will only identify faulty systems not specific parts.

Roy
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 4:39 PM
Tiny
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You can buy the code tool cheap and keep it on your key ring for future. You plug in the aldl connector at the l/side under dash. All clear is 1 blink then 2 blinks is 12. If you have more then 1 code it will flash 1 code then flash another.
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 9:59 PM
Tiny
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I SORTA DON'T KNOW WHY YOU PULLED THE STARTER, IF IT WAS TURNING THE ENGINE OVER.

IF YOU RAN IT DOWN INTO NOTHINGNESS TRYING TO CRANK IT..LOOK AT THIS LINK

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1993-gmc-s15-93-jimmy-running-good-before-jumpstarted-useing-boost-start-on-charg

DO YOU THINK THIS MIGHT BE BATTERY OR CHARGING SYSTEM (OR LACK OF) RELATED?

SOMETIMES A LOW BATTERY WILL MAKE ELECTRICAL STUFF START ACTING UP, THESE NEWER RIGS ARE SLAP FULL OF 'EM!

AGAIN, AN AUTO PARTS STORE CAN TEST THIS THOROUGHLY WITH THEIR MACHINE...MAKE SURE YO GET THEM TO TEST THE WHOLE SYSTEM, NOT JUST THE BATTERY.

LASTLY, EVEN IF I'M OFF BASE HERE, YOUR SYSTEM GETS A FREE TEST....ALL YOU ARE OUT OF IS THE "LIQUID GOLD" TO PROPEL YOU THERE!

KEEP US POSTED AS YOU PROGRESS

THE MEDIC
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 10:51 PM
Tiny
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The connector is under the hood either on the drivers siide or passenger side by the battery.

Roy
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 10:57 PM
Tiny
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We pulled the starter, because it would NOT start after we turned the car off. The battery is fine, so it seemed like it would be wise to make sure the starter was good and go from there.

Thanks for the info. If we figure out what it is, we'll let everyone know.
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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 11:13 PM
Tiny
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Next time just check the voltage going the starter from the starter seliniod leason learned ck your electrical before removing. Clicking in or outside.
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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 AT 3:52 AM
Tiny
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Turns out the crank shaft is broken. The explorer now resides in the junk yard. However, the junk yard owner likes the condition of the body and will be giving it new life! Good for the car, but not for us! :)

Thanks for all the help.
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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 AT 9:38 PM

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