Q: After putting gas in my 2006 Ford Explorer, my car started sputtering and my Emissions light came on. Help!

asked by on

After putting gas in my 2006 Ford Explorer, my car started sputtering and my Emissions light came on. Help! I also put some fuel injector cleaner & gas treatment after it started. Will my light go off?

My car has 95631 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. Several things may be effecting your fuel system. While all gasoline has certain regulations to uphold to, not all gas is created equal, and the classic "bad gas" situation does happen. Secondly if the tank was low, your pump can pull up debris from the tank and cause a misfire. If the engine seems to be running fine, and the light is still on, go have the codes pulled which triggered the warning light. It will let you know what was wrong, or is still wrong. You can also have the codes cleared at this time. If the light comes back on, you need to take corrective action. If it stays off, your likely fine to carry on per usual. For more help with this and any potential repairs, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. After putting gas in my 2006 Ford Explorer, my car started sputtering and my Emissions light came on. Help!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: transmission control module failing. We just replaced the computer module (pcm) 4 days ago?

The P0700 trouble code is a code for transmission control module (TCM) failure. Without knowing the other codes, it will not be possible to give you an accurate answer; it all depends on the other codes: If you get...

Q: Q: Engine problems.

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle is experiencing some serious performance and maybe even mechanical issues. If you believe the noise is coming from your turbo area it may be possible that the turbo is...

Q: Car Normally starts, sometimes cranks for about 3-4 seconds

There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), air induction system problems such as a faulty idle air control valve, worn spark plugs, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (clogged fuel...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...