Engine fault

  • 2007 FORD FOCUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • 50,000 MILES

I have a 2007 Ford Focus Convertible 2.0 litre diesel. Yesterday, whilst driving the car the engine warning light came on the Dash. Having looked at the Owner Handbook, this light refers to an engin malfunction affesting the 'powertrain'. What would be the best course of action to address this problem?

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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 1:59 PM

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The "check engine" light is an indicator for a system that monitors many electronic functions in the system, also called the "malfunction indicator lamp" (MIL). It can come on for any of hundreds of different causes from any of the systems that the computer monitors. Some are very important and can lead to further component or engine damage and some are emissions related not as serious but still a problem and need to be repaired.

Your first step is to have the computer scanned to retrieve the trouble codes that were set when the check engine light came on. Those codes will give you specific information about what the computer saw and will get you pointed in the right direction to find your problem.

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