OOppppssss. Sorry about that.
On the Check Gauge light, it is not normal the the gauge to stay on for that duration of time.
When your Explorer first starts up take a "quick" look at the "Oil Pressure" gauge, The sender unit on Explorers and Mountaineers with the 5.0L engine are very well known to fail. Sometimes the gauge will be erratic and the pointer will swing from (L)ow to (H)igh making a clicking like sound.
If it is not your oil pressure gauge check the fuel, then the temp and finally the battery gauge.
On my 1999 Mountaineer with 5.0L engine my check gauge light stays on too and I just about know when it will go off and my oil pressure gauge will start functioning.
I watched it one day and as soon as I came to a certain marker on the highway the light would go out and the gauge would function normally.
Day after day after day.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 AT 8:36 PM