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My power steering fluid in my car is low, no big deal I plan on having it replaced in about a week. Well my fiancee's father noticed my check engine light came on today when he was riding with me.(it's still when I run the car) He said it's becasue of my power steering. Now I know nothing about cars but that should not have anything to do with my engine right?
 

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I have never known of a power steering pump to have a sensor on it, so I highly doubt it. You may try taking your battery cable loose and hookimg it back up in 5 minutes or so.
 

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Just under 100,000 in four years. I'm hoping to have it looked at next week when I get paid.
 

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You guys crack me up, "Put tape over it a year ago" :lol: Look, to answer your question, NO I seriously doubt that your lack of PS fluid is going to bring on the "check engine" light. A little more info like year, model, and make would help. If your car is a '96 or newer it is more than likely an emmissions related failure. This means it could be anything from a loose/missing gas cap to a catalytic converter and a pair of oxygen sensors that could set you back $1,000.00 depending upon the year, model, and make. Just do the usual, make sure that all of the fluid levels are where they should be, check that the vehicle still runs ok and if it does then get it in to have it checked out at your first possible convenience, as opposed to pulling it over and having it towed in immediately. If the MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) is flashing on the other hand then you have a more pressing issue and you should not drive it anymore as you may damage the motor and or the cat. Hope this helps out a little bit.
 

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2000 ford escort

I'm not even sure where the MIL is so I don't know if it's flashing.
 

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the mil light or service engine soon light is amber , your car has an OBDII computer system......it can be rather touchy, unless you have access to a scanner or code puller.....I would suggest finding a shop that can pull it for you.


The P/S leak will not cause the SES light to come on....btw...check the bottom of the P/S resevour [sp] they have been known to crack below where the large hose is mounted on it.
 

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Unless it's a Mercedes or Lexus there won't be a sensor on the PS fluid. Alhough our Honda Oddysey has sensors for stuff I would not have thought of.

Probably the O2 sensor as someone said or have you checked to make sure you gas cap is tight?
 

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Cephus, that tape works good on other stuff too..everytime the power would go out at my parents house, their VHS player would blink until you would reset the clock...i did it so many times i finally just black taped it..worked great..
 

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Yeah, that's something we forgot to mention when Sang was asking us what we wanted.

We need a duct tape forum!:lol: :lol:
 

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just one comment.....It will NOT get better by ignoring it......go to a parts store and check if the rent tools, some in my area rent code pullers for a nominal fee.
 

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When the MIL light comes on, your car is producing more than 1 and a half times the allowable emissions output from a given emission system on your car. When the MIL light is flashing it means your convertor in your exhaust is going to be damaged or already is from too much unburnt fuel entering the exhaust from the the combustion chamber from not being burned in the engine.

I play a master tech at work, sometimes I even fix one.
 

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bigblock said:
When the MIL light comes on, your car is producing more than 1 and a half times the allowable emissions output from a given emission system on your car. When the MIL light is flashing it means your convertor in your exhaust is going to be damaged or already is from too much unburnt fuel entering the exhaust from the the combustion chamber from not being burned in the engine.

I play a master tech at work, sometimes I even fix one.
lol......I do that on occaision too....
 

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Have a 98 Stratus....best thing i ever did was go to Pep Boys and get a $99 OBDII code reader. I went 6 months barely driving my car cause I thought the tranny was going out. Come to find out #3 cylinder was misfiring and making it run rough on take off like the tranny was slipping or something. New set of plugs and wires and she back to her old self at 105,000 miles. it never hurts to spend a few bucks on a manual for your car so you can at least learn something about it.
 

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not sure about where your at but the local auto zones here will hook up the code reader for free and tell you excactly what it is.
 

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Hey Kail! How's it going man?

I got to thinking today, may truck is loosing power and the emision light comes on when it sits or gets heated up, like last week when I was stuck in the snow.

93,000 miles and I bet it's the cat! It's running pretty good, but sometimes it idles funny and the O2 sensor was replaced not long ago. I'm glad I paid attention to this thread. Might be time to get a HiPo cat for it from Catco :naughty:
 

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whats up sang im still around just been taking a back seat lately lol call it lurking , been real busy with the holidays and all happy new year all
 

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Kail said:
whats up sang im still around just been taking a back seat lately lol call it lurking , been real busy with the holidays and all happy new year all

Glad to see ya' around, you get a chance to field test those Nagants I helped you pick out?
 
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