My check engine light came on out of no where. Is this a sensor problem?

Jenn Brouwer

Asked by Jun 05, 2014 at 12:37 PM about the 2010 Ford Escape Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just got my oil changed recently. It has a little over 50k miles on it. I've never had any problems since I bought it used in August from Whaling City Ford. Carfax were fine too. I'm not going to pay a ridiculous amount of money if all they have to do is plug it in and clear it. I read that some people were having sensor problems because of the lack of gas cap on this model.

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Tom Demyan

Stop into a local auto parts store, and they can scan it for free. Get teh 4 digit code and post it back here, and we can tell you what sensor might be the issue.

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Tracy Hooks

The "Check Engine" light illuminates whenever the Computer detects a concern with a system it controls. The Gas Cap is a common failure for any modern vehicle. It isn't sensor problem, it's a leak that has been detected by the computer. to simply plug in and clear the codes repairs nothing and, of course, the code and light will return before long. Like Tom said, get the code and post it here - we'll see what you have going on. BTW - Carfax is a waste of money.

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