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1993 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L intermittent shift problem
Customer complains that in the morning if it is cold (cold here is 50 degrees or there about) she will back truck up and then try to go into first and can't get shifter to go into 1st gear or any other for that matter. It takes her about a minute she states in...
1994 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L shifting
Help! i've inherited this F-350 that shifts in and out of over drive.Another tech checked it out and decided it needed a pcm.He said it had a code 62.Anyway pcm was replaced.All was well with the shifting until customer pulled his trailer loaded with a car.Aft...
1996 Ford Contour GL 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, low rough idle
this contour like two others idles rough and low has a cold intermitant stall i will have it back fri. we did a broken tbelt and pump job awhile back car ran ok idle was funny seemed good enough on previous visit to our shop cly balance at idle showed weak #1 ...
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L radio and windows VIN: 2FMDA5142T
Windows and radio work when key is turned off and key removed. When wipers are turned on you loose the radio, however, the windows still work. Press rear wiper or rear quarter window switch and radio turns off.(windows still work) Powers and grounds at gem mod...
1996 Ford Ranger Splash 2.3L No Start VIN: 1FTCR14A7T
Customer had installed a t belt after it broke. he could never get it started. I towed it in. checked the belt was installed correct, During crank it will pop through intake. compression check had 110 #1 and 140 165 175. leak test intake valve on #1 remove hea...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Steering Pump VIN: 1FAFP53U4X
Hi, This one is agravating. I first replaced the power steering pump, there was no power steering and pump was extremly noisy, fluid was burnt, but not low. Went through lengthy bleeding procedure to get air out of system, got alot quieter. Still not as quiet ...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 4.0L ABS System VIN: 1FTZR15X8Y
Hello all! The problem with this ranger is that the ABS activates below 12mph on every stop. All the wheel speed sensors check out ok, and all three sensors match each other on the scanner. There are no trouble codes stored and the light is not on. The strange...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L fuel gauge VIN: 1FTYR10V5Y
This Ranger is a fleet vehicle that came in with no gas in the tank and the gauge reading full. Had a stored code for fuel level sensor, and once gas was put in tank it started and ran poorly with a very noisy pump. Perhaps a victim of chronic running out of g...
2001 Ford Taurus SE 4-Valve 3.0L Blend door VIN: 1FAHP56SX1
This vehicle came to me after being in another shop twice. The AC operation is very erratic. Sometimes it will work fine, at other times it will not put out any cool air, just warm air from the vents, and this seems to be somewhat restricted. When it does this...
2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L backfire VIN: 1FMYU03191
Customer cranked engine it did not start like normal. Cranked and kaboom under the hood, backfire caused intake upper plenum to blow apart. Has anyone ever had this happen on a Escape suv? I checked recalls, TSB and found none. Customer wants to correct the ca...
1994 Lincoln Continental 3.8L trans VIN: 1LNLM974XR
Hello, This problem is intermitent. Starting from a stop the trans slips and then engages hard(like a nuetral drop.) Trans fluid is clean and full. I got code 452 Vehicle speed sensor. Speedo seems normal. No visual signs of wiring problem to VSS so we replac...
1995 Mercury Mystique GS 2.5L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MELM65L2S
The customer is complaining about a surge at highway speeds that goes away at higher speeds above the speed limit. Also there is the code 332 not enough EGR flow. During the KOER test there is vacuum at the EGR and the EGR opens but the cel keeps saying there ... Trouble codes: 332 (not enough EGR flow)
1999 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L Coolant Gauge VIN: 1MEFM6532X
I need to locate the coolant tempaerature sending unit for the gauge. I have restored the cooling system to standards, but have no information on the gauge or sender. I remember fixing a few of the older ones, but can't remember how. AllData says it is under ...

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1994 Ford E-150 Econoline Club Wagon Custom 5.8L Surge, Misfire VIN: 1FMEE11H9R
Thanks to the fellow techs that responded so quickly to my cry for help. Some replies from secondary induction to tapping on several sensors and the affected injector thank you Mike, Pat and Ross. Special thanks to Tom from Sweeney's garage who took the time t...
1996 Ford F-150 Special 4.9L Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTEF15YOT
Thank you to all who responded. we solved this stalling problem by taking the o2 sensor harness out of the B+ harness, this seemed a whole lot better but not perfect. I replaced the ignition module and this completed the repair and all is well. Again thanks to... Trouble codes: P1351, P1359.
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FALP52U2V
Many thanks to the responses, suggestions of possible cam sensor mis-alignment, plugged cats, injectors, etc... And also some confirmations of the expected mileage from this particular vehicle, and a suggestion on proper Over-Drive usage. I got the customer to...
1998 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L a/c heater controls VIN: 1FMYU22E2W
Everyone was dead on, on this fix. All said to look at the blend door. Customer took vehicle for a few days, but brought it back & i removed the dash & sure enough, it was broken. Had to replace the complete box. I had several of you'll recommend that i also p...
1998 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZF1722W
Hi, I am glad to report that this vehicle is fixed. I received a lot of help on this vehicle and wanted to mention everyone by name but my wife deleted all of the emails sent to me, SORRY. It ended up being a vacuum leak in the pcv harness on the pass side rea... Trouble codes: P0174, P0179.
1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0L No Start VIN: 1FAFP6631X
there was no 5v ref at all unplug all related 5v ref still had 3v check power to ecm good and check ground at ecm . ecm was bad.
1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L Mechanical VIN: 1FTZR15X8X
Thanks to all who responded. I was able to diagnose after somone emailed me what color hose opperated witch door. It turned out to be at the red vacuum hose , above the gas pedal (a pain to get to) The diaphram was hoding vacuum vut it wiuld bind up halfway du...
1989 Lincoln Continental Signature 3.8L crusie control VIN: 1LNLM9844K
Hello group. Sorry it took so long to get back to the group but I had to make sure this was fixed. Thank you to the 4 replies I received. It turns out that the digital dash unit was at fault. On this system, the speed sensor sends signal to the digital dash fi...
1989 Lincoln Town Car 5.0L No Start VIN: 1LNBMB2F0K
Hello, Thanks for all the replies, this morning I collected my thoughts & all other suggestions, the car is speed density & is an 'F' code engine unplugged tps w/no results, scoped pip waveform,fuel volume was 16 oz. in 10 sec., by chance I checked map/baro se...
1992 Lincoln Mark VII LSC 5.0L loss of pedal VIN: 1LCNM92E8N
We ran all tests to the system and determined the hcu was to be at fault. As this was a restoration vehicle for the customer, the cost from the dealer for the complete assembly was prohibitive and the customer had the unit rebuilt/exchanged and brought back to...
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