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How to Reset the Engine Light in a 2000 Ford Taurus

by Daniel Valladares

One of the more important indicator lamps on the 2000 Ford Taurus is the "Check Engine" light. The "Check Engine" light comes on when there is a problem with the engine. Usually, once the problem is resolved, the light turns off automatically, but occasionally, the light will stay on even after the issue with the engine is fixed. In these situations, you have to manually reset the engine light with a socket wrench.

Pull the hood-release lever and turn off the engine. Make sure all electrical devices on the Taurus are switched off.

Lift the hood and use a socket wrench to remove the negative terminal of the battery.

Allow five minutes to pass for all systems to reset on the Ford Taurus.

Reconnect the negative terminal to the battery and place the keys into the ignition to check the "Check Engine" light. If it is still on, try once more. Close the hood when done.

Warnings

  • Although this will reset the "Check Engine" light, it will also erase any presets you may have on the radio.
  • Be absolutely sure that the engine issue has been addressed. If you are unsure, take your Taurus to a mechanic for inspection. Resetting the light will not fix any engine issues.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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