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1992 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L heater
temperature gauge will not reach mid range yet we do have some heat with increase in rpm. I think its a water pump problem or air pocket. 5 other shops had it and gave up, so now ive got it. thanks dave
1993 Ford Probe 2.0L 3-4 shift VIN: 1ZVCT20A3P
It's back. This car is an absolute nightmare. After driving on the freeway for 15-20 min the trans will downshift to 3rd gear. Continue driving and it will upshift to 4th again. No codes or other symptoms. When tested the 3-4 soleniod is not being energized. B...
1994 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTCR10URP
died on road we have replaced coil cap rotor for code 211 test mass will run disconnected. installed new mass air flow sensor . get this truck starts and dies remove maf sensor from housing vehcal runs great but if i blow on sensor elements truck dies or stumb...
1996 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L temp gauge VIN: 1FMCU24XOT
ok ford techs, heres one for the books. with scanner monitoring ect temps stay the same all thru the heat up range. doesn't flucuate at all. turn heater on any fan speed, any setting, and as your driving you can see the temps going up and down, not only on sca...
1996 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L o2 & catalys monitor VIN: IFTCR10A57
help! please. I have checked fuel pressure, cat- crank test passes, replaced.o2, cleared ecm memory, and have driven drive cycle critrea with no help
1997 Ford E-350 Econoline 5.4L Shift Interlock, Brake lts VIN: 1FBJS31L8V
Hello alll, this is what I feel to be a short to ground problem. This is a 15 passenger Purolator van wiith no extra shelves, etc. with a complaint of shift interlock inop, no brake lts. I have spent 2 hours disconnecting switches and replacing fuses with no l...
1997 Ford E-350 Econoline 5.4L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FDKE37L3V
Hello all. This headache was towed in unable to start. A quick check showed a lack of fuel problem so the first check was the fuel filter. It was clogged solid - could not blow through it at all! Replaced fuel filter and was able to get vehicle started. vehicl... Trouble codes: P0303 (Misfire 3 cylinder), P0304 (Misfire 4 Cylinder), P0308 (Misfire 8 Cylinder), P0171 (System to lean bank 1), P0174 (System to lean bank 2)
1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool Coupe 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FALP1137W
This car seems to run fine. It has a MIL on and a hard P1381 code. Resistance on the sol. is in specs. Tailpipe emissions are good. Pulled the valve cover and manually turned the cam against the advance mechanism, seems to rotate fine. But doesn't snap back wh... Trouble codes: P1380 (Variable Cam Timing Sol A Fault), P1381 (VCT Overadvanced Bank 1), P1000 (OBD II System checks incomplete)
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1FTNX21F4X
Slowly lost power on express way and would not restart. Towed to my shop and it started with just the normal blue smoke until it warmed up. There were no codes stored. After searching archieves I dicided to test for a restriction in the fuel pick up. I install...
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L No Start VIN: 2FMZA5144X
After Checking Had Missfire On #6 Cyclinder. Problem Was In Coil Pack.Replace Coil Pack .Ran Car In Shop, Good No Missfire Idle Good For 30 Min.Then Went On Test Drive. Went About 1/2 Mile Drove Over Railroad Tracks Stalled Hasn't Started Since. Towed Back Che...
2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMZU75EXY
THIS vehicle continues to come back with lean codes on either one bank or both depending on how long you drive it. It seems to trake about two weeks of normal driving to trip the MIL. The freeze frame data at last chech showed 39MPH, 40% load, STFT bank 0ne -3... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174
2001 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L Compression VIN: 3FAFP113X1
I replaced the head gasket on this car. The head had to be welded in three places before they could resurface it. After the head gasket was replaced and timing belt installed, I could only get between 35-55 lbs. Compression in each cylinder. This particular mo...
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP55242
Customer Brought in a 2002 Ford Taurus Flex Fuel 3.0 with complaint of MIL on and intermitent hard start. Found Codes 0172 and 0175 Stored in ECM Both Bank 1&2 LTFT numbers were fluctating between -18% and -24% @ idle with STFT -2% to -6%. MAF voltage was 1.19... Trouble codes: P0172 (bank 1 rich), P0175 (bank 2 rich)
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start, Stall VIN: 1FTNW21PX3
hey ford diesel guys. this truck died crusing on the freeway. has not started since. i have looked for chafing of the wires on the steering column and at the ficm as well as by the vavle cover bolts and nothing is found. i cant scan with ngs due to lack of CAN...
1998 Mercury Mountaineer 5.0L brakes VIN: 4M2ZU52P3W
This is the second Ford ,other was an Explorer, that has a muted "swish,shish,swish" noise when slowing down (starts at about 20mph to almost a full stop). Everything has been checked thourghly, ie rotor runout, faulty hardware, etc. Nothing is evident. The ot...

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1994 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FMDU34X9R
Thank you to everyone that replied.I replaced the IAC motor,cleared the memory and did a idle speed reset.It has been 1 week and customer has been contacted with no complaints about the idle surging.Great to have this network in place for helping with these ki...
1997 Ford Escort LX 2.0L No Start VIN: 1FALP13P4V
Received alot of replies to this one and when I saw them all I knew most of you guys were right on the money (was one of those things you think about in hindsight and say why didnt I think of that )I guess what was throwing me was that I was getting a signal f...
1997 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L Starting VIN: 1FTHX26F6V
The customer decided that he did not want to pursue any further repairs at this time but what we did find was the injector monitor was indicating unsatisfactory amprage to one bank of injectors amprage flow test CONFIRMED all was good there. The problem is int...
1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L Drivers Window VIN: 1FMFU18L1V
Thanks for all of the responses. The problem was a faulty ground contact in the master switch for the OTD circuit. Replaced master switch and Wallah...It works. Thanks Again. B.J.
1997 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L no power VIN: 1FTDF082XV
it was the ballancer put a new one on and it runs great thanks for the help
1999 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L oil pressure gauge VIN: 1FTYR14V5X
I would like to thank everyone who responded and there were many. I feel like we were the only ones who had not yet run into this problem. Fred [...] stated that this gauge is not a true pressure gauge, but rather an on-off switch that operates a gauge. Ap...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FTSW31F8X
thanks to all who replied. appologies for the late fix. after retesting the wire loom and idm for the third time. we swaped #7 new injector with #5 known good original injector and miss followed. the problem was the new injector. return to ford and get new inj... Trouble codes: 0281 (cyl 7 low contribution/balance test), 1277 (injector code high to low side).
1999 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDA5247X
Sorry it took so long on this one, customer had to make the decision to fix. The TSB 03-16-01 fixed it, thanks to all! And a special thanks to Sean for suppling us with the TSB number, it made my job a lot easier! Trouble codes: P0171 (B1 lean), P0174 (B2 lean).
1999 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMZU34E4X
followed the advice and replaced the plenum gasket and intake gasket could nt find this problem with a smoke machine recheck car on modis no codes and this was a great fix this gasket cause misfire and 02 sensor codes thanks again Trouble codes: P1116, P301P.
2000 Ford F-150 5.4L front diff VIN: 2FTPXI8Z3Y
Well, this was a humbling experience to say the least. I am reminded once again to Keep It Simple, Stupid. Turned out I had 2 problems, one I knew about which was one of the vac solenoids dead. The major problem ended up being a fuse, #8 I think it was, for th...
2000 Ford Contour SE 2.0L No Start VIN: 1FAFP6630Y
Three responces were the fuel pump. I replaced it with a ford unit. It was diferent in the way it mounted. The original one locked into the bottom of the tank, and the new one hangs on the top. I had to take the tank to a Ford dealer to have the mount cut off ...
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L transfer case VIN: 1FMZU73EX2
This vehicle is fixed. I might have been somewhat unclear about the symptom. The 50 ohms on the ground wire was because I had the key on while checking it, my mistake. The vehicle did move and the transfer case was not stuck in 4 wheel drive, the problem was t...
1996 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L OD light flashes VIN: 1MELM6537T
Hi all. Sorry for the long delay but I sent this customer to a tranny shop to get a second opinion, and they sent them to a dealer. The dealer said the new TSS(updated #1S7Z-7M101-KA with a white body and black connector)I put in was bad, so they installed ano...
1999 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L starter VIN: 1MFM53U6XG
I decided to check out the ignition switch and found no power in the lightgreen/violet wire in thye ignition switch connector. It gets it power from a 40a fuse #3 in the power distribution box underhood. It was good and so was the wiring under the box. So the ...
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