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1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Surge VIN: 2FMDA5148S
Hello, This 95 windstar is surging.The surge was at first not so bad.When I looked At it I found A vacuum Leak at Intake Fixed the leak and problem seem to go away.Then I got The rest of The story.Happens most with a/c on.So I again looked at The car, and WOW...
1995 Ford Contour GL 2.0L rear coil springs VIN: 1FALP6535S
Customer came in with broken rear coil springs. We replaced the springs with carquest springs part #CCH 20101. Now the problem we have is that the ride height in the rear of the vehicle is 9" LR and 9 3/8" on the RR. This is about 2" higher than specs. They ar...
1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Jackshaft Chain Tensioner VIN: 1FMDU32E3V
Left Cassette Guide was broke causing a rattle. Using the proper installation tools I replaced both Cassette chains, guides and tensioners. In addition, I replaced the Jackshaft chain guide and tensioner. Did reuse the old Jackshaft chain. All parts was OE. No...
1998 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L Steering VIN: 1FTZR15U4W
This truck wanders a lot on the road, worse at highway speed. Problem started all of a sudden without warning. We have checked the entire chassis/suspension, springs, bushings, rack and pump, flushed steering fluid and installed Lucas. This vehicle DOES carry ...
1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L ticking noise VIN: 2FMDA514XW
Thanks for reading my question! Car came in 5,000 miles ago no start problem. Found burnt up fuel pump blowing fuses. Replaced and car runs great, car still runs great but fuel tank is sucking in. This is the ticking noise I hear when we shut the van off. Cust...
1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Slow return to idle VIN: 1FAFP57U6W
Hi folks! This car and a very similar one in the shop this week exhibit a slow return to idle. For example, while in park, if the rpm is raised to about 3000 rpm it takes about 7 seconds to return to the original idle speed. When driving at a steady speed of s...
1999 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L dome lamps VIN: 2FMZA5249X
The dome and second row reading lamps will not turn off,the step lamps and lights in the doors work normal and the door ajar light works properly.Looking at the system with both my Mastertech and NGS Star Tester all of the door switches are working, but the ig...
1999 Ford Econoline Super Duty Custom 7.3L compressor VIN: 1FDXE40F8X
this is my church's bus. it is a 28 pass conversion on a ford e450sd chassis. it has two separate ac systems. the system giving problems is the ford system,a dual system. the dash outlets and the rear ac have same compressor,etc. while idling, the air out of t...
2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L auto lamps, automatic temp control VIN: 1FMFU18LXY
we have tested or replaced just about every part that would be common to both systems with no luck. Condition is rain related does not happen in car wash, sprayed garden hose on every component under hood condition not present. only happens in rain
2000 Ford Focus LX 2.0L no start VIN: 1FAFP34POY
vehicle originally came to us no crank,located no charge at idle, broken/corroded wire found at alt at back of alt. repaired and verified fix o.k.also replaced batt. at this time.-now charges fine but batt/alt lite on cluster never comes on.customer takes vehi...
2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTWW33F4Y
I checked resistance at the 42 pin conn and the injector seems to be in range. wiggled the wirring while watching the resistace is constant at 3.6 ohms. when i do a cyl contibution test i shows that cyl 8 is not contributing equally. code p0284. I would like a... Trouble codes: P1316, P0284, P1273
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L trans VIN: 1FAFP55V62
The customer stated that the car would stall, test drove 3 days and no problem, no codes, returned car 1 week later customer returned car states it stalls, after driving on highway 45 miles when coming to a stop, shudders and stalls, restarts and on his way (s...

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1965 Ford Fairlane 289CID lights
Rewired head lamp wiring to switch and dimmer,also a/c wirinbg.thanks to every one that sent me wiring diagrams.
1986 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L clutch VIN: 1FABP28M4G
Thanks for all of the replys. This one had me pulling my hair out. I received lots of good suggestions but i had pretty much already tryed all of them. Still its nice to know that everyone is on the same wave length. The one thing that kept bugging me was how ...
1995 Ford F-250 XL 7.5L Poor Idle Quality, SPEEDO BOUNCES VIN: 1FTHX26G3S
Thanks for all the responses. A couple of you suggested psom (cluster). Nick [...] from Ohio had some very helpful information that explained exactly why it was the cluster. We did just as he said and cut the wire to the vss signal at the cluster and vehicle...
1996 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L throttle VIN: 1FTJX35F6T
Finally. Thanks to all that helped. We finally verified injector control pressure was too high and replaced IPC sensor.
1996 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L Clunk VIN: 1FMCU22X4T
Hello everyone and thanks for the help on this one. The customer took the vehicle the next day and is to bring it back in for repairs. I recieved numerous replies about chassis rivets coming loose, ball joint wear and caliper pin wear. When the vehicle returns...
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FALP52U0V
the culprit was the canister vent sol, guess that fine dust made it fail, been 2 weeks havent head back from customer which is a good thing at this point.In shop stil couldnt actuall get part to fail, guessing it must set when vehicle is on the gravel roads it... Trouble codes: 1450 (unable to bleed up fuel tank).
1997 Ford Aerostar 4.0L MIL Lamp on
Thanks to all who replied. I rigged up a smoke machine with my lungs and a pack of Marlboros and found that the plenum gasket was leaking...but only when cold, after the engine ran for about 2 minutes, there was no smoke visable. The codes were set within 1 mi... Trouble codes: P0171.
1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 1FTRF18L2W
I just knew this was an ignition miss... Thanks to all that took the time to reply...in general the reply's all pointed towards problems with the ignition coils. My real problem was isolating the cylinder or cylinders missing. No codes at the time and would no...
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