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Engine light advice please

Discussion in 'Motors' started by EdGey, 3 Aug 2020.

  1. EdGey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

    Posts: 8,088

    Location: England

    Good afternoon.

    The amber engine light has just lit up on my dashboard and I can't seem to get rid of it.

    It's driving perfectly fine - no loss of power, no untowardly sounds. All levels are fine except the coolant which was slightly below minimum and I've since topped up. Other than that the car seems fine.

    Anyone got any idea of what it might be? I have commitments coming up and I need the car for some fairly long journeys. No garage can take it in time but the last thing I want to do is damage the car by driving it when I shouldn't.

    It's a ford focus 65 plate, 30k miles, last services about 1k miles ago (so I'm not sure why the coolant was low but there you have it). Engine is the Petrol 1L ecoboost 100PS.

    Any advice welcome,
    thanks
     
    Last edited: 3 Aug 2020
  2. WoodyUK

    Soldato

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    Buy a bluetooth OBD adapter (less than £10 on eBay) and check the code to tell you what it is.
    No way to know without plugging in and checking.
     
  3. sovietspybob

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 May 2008

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    Location: North Wales

    You really need to get the codes read to see what its moaning about, it might be worth getting a cheapo Bluetooth one for a few quid to connect to your phone to give you an idea if its serious or not
     
  4. Armageus

    Don

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    What engine?
     
  5. jsmoke

    Sgarrista

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    You can get an obd reader for even less than £10 sometimes a few quid.
     
  6. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Leicestershire

    It might not even be anything critical. Bluetooth OBD reader and an app like CarScanner will tell you what the issue is.
     
  7. Mcnumpty2323

    Mobster

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    Having just had the same problem
    Was told most likely to be O2 sensor
    Because car hadn't been driven much
    During Lockdown
    Turned out correct it was that
    But as said without a diagnosis code no way to be certain
     
  8. coupe69

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Feb 2007

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    Location: Staffs, UK.

    I mean, you could give us a fighting chance and let us know what engine it is?
     
  9. Nasher

    Capodecina

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    It could be loads of things. I think if it's a solid light you can drive it, but something is failing or not working as it should be. If it's flashing then it's serious.

    If it's not something obvious in the engine bay (like a loose hose or plug) the only way to know is a code reader.
     
  10. jsmoke

    Sgarrista

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    Could be a bad fuel/air mix but still ok to drive.
     
  11. Resident

    Wise Guy

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    Hang on. Left my crystal ball in the shed....
     
  12. sideways14a

    Wise Guy

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    Get a code reader and for gods sake tell us the actual engine and spec.
     
  13. EdGey

    Sgarrista

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    Updated OP - Petrol 1L ecoboost
     
  14. Rroff

    Man of Honour

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    Local indy places around here will often be able to fit you in for a small fee just to look at OBD data - though for the same price you can buy a reader and/or BT dongle.
     
  15. Acme

    Caporegime

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    Let me just consult my crystal ball.
     
  16. wedrum

    Soldato

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    oh oh big bills incoming
     
  17. cuke2u

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    Somebody's obviously got crystal balls...
     
  18. Armageus

    Don

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    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    No it isn't necessarily.

    However I would be wary of low coolant on an ecoboost
     
  19. Jokester

    Don

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    Only time I've ever had to top up coolant on a car was when the head gasket had blown.
     
  20. EdGey

    Sgarrista

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    Location: England

    Very reassuring!