Is it true if your exhaust pipe is black that you have engine problems?
It usually means the engine is running too rich.
Is the Check Engine light on?
No, I do not see any light on the panel. That also concerns me. When I start the car they show up, but then they turn off. Is that normal? It is a 2006 Ford Taurus.
When you see all the warning lights come, those systems are going thru a self-test.
If they turn off once the engine is started, that’s normal.
Ok thank you. I am just trying to figure all this stuff out and make a decent decision. I am buying this car from my work. It seems to run good, but someone told me if the pipe is black then it is engine problems. I cant have that.
Then I suggest you have a pre-purchase inspection performed on the vehicle.
Spending a $100.00 now could save you 1000’s later
Is it owned by your employer or someone you work with ? Either way if the vehicle has expensive problems it might have a detrimental relationship at your job. It is 12 years old after all.
A black exhaust pipe can also be due to oil burning and that’s a serious issue.