You’ve been driving for over half an hour when suddenly the engine light on your dashboard starts to panic. We will specify all the options and analyze them to make it easier for you. First of all, you should know that in most situations, there must be a main problem on your Ford Escape, so be very vigilant.
First, you need to know what problem you are facing and especially how severe it is. This can be determined by the behaviour of the Ford Escape’s indicator light, according to the different categories listed below. Therefore, look up to the right situation in order to act accordingly.
What to do if the engine light is on when using my Ford Escape
Among these options, here are the ones for which you need:
Drive at once to the garage in your Ford Escape :
– The engine light turns on and off, or flashes: the motives can be multiple, but you will need to check with a mecanic .
– The light comes on and stays on: this is most likely due to the pollution control system which has problems, so go to a nearby garage.
Stop your Ford Escape as soon as you can and call a mecanic for a tow to the garage, do not take the risk of driving with it:
– The engine light stays on and the car has performance disorders: If a serious problem is found by the on-board computer, the safety mode is started. This makes it possible for you to drive in degraded mode (loss of available power), which avoids more serious problems (engine failure). In this situation, we strongly recommend you to use a garage for your Ford Escape.
– The light stays on AND flashes: This is the most dangerous situation. This means that the catalytic converter is too hot because it is damaged, which means that at any time it can ignite. Stop your car urgently.
Probable causes of the ignition of the engine warning light
The potential causes of failure of your Ford Escape’s engine management system are multiple, but categorized into 2 groups:
– material problem: injection system (vacuum hoses, flow meter, injection pump, turbo), emission control system (EGR valve, catalytic converter),…
– electronic problem: defective or disconnected sensor, lambda sensor to change, computer,…
All the causes that could entail the ignition of the engine light on your Ford Escape
There may possibly then be a trouble with a dirty engine injector on your Ford Escape. We therefore recommend that you clean it. It will operate as usual, but the air and/or fuel will have problems circulating.
A faulty injector on your Ford Escape can possibly send too much fuel and cause over-pollution, which will cause the catalyst to clog up (+ FAP (Particulate Filter) on diesel).
If the catalyst of your Ford Escape is too dirty, (there is no longer the best balance of chemical components to transform the exhaust gases) consequently the light will come on.
Ditto if the injection pump has a particular problem.
A HS lambda sensor will no longer have the ability to check the exhaust gases of your Ford Escape and the ECU will certainly therefore no longer be able to modulate the injection to reduce emissions.
If your Ford Escape has a petrol engine, an ignition problem (coils or spark plugs) can lead to elevated pollution and therefore to the ignition of the engine indicator light.
Also, an overheated catalyst (if you were driving more aggressively, or the presence of fuel in the exhaust system that heats up everything) may cause the engine light on your Ford Escape to flash.
A throttle position sensor (a housing that adjusts the volume of air entering the engine) no longer permits the ECU to produce a balanced mixture between fuel and oxidizer (an oxidizer is a chemical substance that has the property of allowing a fuel to burn. An right mixture of oxidizer and fuel can lead to combustion): The combustion is not anymore correct and the engine is disturbed, which causes the engine indicator light on your Ford Escape to light up.
A clogged FAP (Particulate Filter) will therefore also of course be a cause, but usually another indicator standing for the filter also lights up in addition.
Poor quality or unsuitable fuel (this sometimes comes about with the E10) can cause this light on your Ford Escape to light up. It can then turn itself off once you have driven with some other fuel. This can happen due to an different pump change. If you are still taking fuel at the same place, ask the person who runs the gas station.
A dirty engine may cause the light to turn on . Actually, soot can make some parts of the engine less airtight (e.g. val)
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