I've had issues with my check engine light being on for some time now. I was told it was the oxygen sensors, had them replaced, and it still came back on. The car runs fine except for when it's stopped at a light or something, idling, there's a studdering/hiccupping thing that happens and it gets worse when the air/heat is on. I just took it in again and was told the computer needed to be reprogrammed and that would solve the problem. Of course, it's gonna cost $1150.00 to do. Am I getting ripped off, yet again? What should I do and how much should this type of thing cost?
Check Engine Light/Computer Reprogramming on 2003 Ford Taurus
by cottermans2 in Las Vegas, NV on February 13, 2009
ANSWER by dandd on February 13, 2009
Have someone retrieve your Check Engine Light Codes. $1150.00 sounds like a full computer replacement, not just a reprogram. A reprogram usually runs about $130-$150 dollars. I have done them many times at the dealership. Once you know all the codes, we will have a lot more to go on and we can proceed to the next step. You can pay for 1/2 hour of time at a shop to pull the codes.
ANSWER by ltcmustang on February 18, 2009
Also, any Auto Zone will use their OBD-2 tester and give you the codes. They'll even show you the explanations on their computer. The only thing is, its still most likely a multiple choice.
ANSWER by Visitor on April 19, 2010
YOU HAVE A VACUM LEAK SOMEPLACE COULD BE VACUM HOSE OR A LINKING INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKET