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1988 Ford Taurus L 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FABP50U6J
This problem child was dropped off 2 days ago, I'm now at my wit's end. Cust drove it to work, ran fine, came back 2-3 hours later, no start. It will, almost every time, catch/cough/sputter when cranking, but will usually stall after the key is let back into R...
1994 Ford Ranger STX 2.3L Surge, Stall, has no power VIN: 1FTCR10A3R
This truck came to me for a bucking and dieing problem only when cold. Customer said to go ahead and tune it up. We did as the customer asked. This did not seem to help the truck. We then cleaned the mass air flow, check basic timing, and cam timing. We felt t...
1995 Ford E-150 Econoline 4.9L cruise,speedo VIN: 1FDEE14Y9S
this vehicle recently had the rear axle speed sensor replaced. it now has pulsation in the speedo, it seems to start at 60 mph and up. also when cruise is set at this speed & higher you can fell the acc. pedal pulsating. customer says it was not like this befo...
2001 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA55431
Hello Techs! I recently tuned this Windstar to correct a missfire problem. It had never been tuned since new.However, it still misses intermitantly and has set a code #P0303: Number 3 cylinder missfire. My question is this:The intake manifold rattles insi... Trouble codes: P0303 (Number 3 cylinder missfireRecen)
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...
2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Alternator VIN: 1FAFP55223
This is a 2003 Taurus that has had four alternators and two pcm's. Also repair at battery junction. All of the above work was performed at local dealership and several independent repair shops. The alternator checks bad at present time and I am thinking when i...
1995 Mercury Mystique GS 2.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on, Rich condition VIN: 1MELM65L9S
Thanks in advance everyone. This mystique is giving me some headaches. I've had the car for two days now and can't make any headway on it at all. It has codes set for rich condition on both banks. I pulled the spark plugs out and they are new and black as coal... Trouble codes: 173 (Rich condition bank 1 sensor not switching), 137 (rich condition bank2 sensor not switching)
1996 Mercury Cougar XR-7 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MELM62W8T
Vehicle came in as a Diagnose failed smog, Check Eng Light on. Found DTC's P0135, P0141, P0155, P0161, all Heater Ckt's on 02 sensors. Also P0171 & P0174-lean codes. and one P0156 description is HO. Cleared codes and test drove, all 02 sensor codes came back o... Trouble codes: P0135 (H02S11 Heater Ckt fault), P0141 (H02S12 Heater ckt fault), P0155 (H02S21 Heater ckt fault), P0161 (H02S22 Heater ckt fault), P0171 (system too lean bank 1), P0174 (system too lean bank 2)
1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2MFLM54W0X
Jeff found poor connections at the injectors. Lock tabs on the connectors were broken. He replaced the injector harness. The missfire was gone. Three long road tests and the car ran GREAT! The next day the car was back for cut out @ 50 MPH. Jeff connected Modi...

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1990 Ford E-350 Econoline Custom 5.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FDKE30H3L
Thanks to all who have replied, we are calling this vehicle fixed with the new O2 sensor we installed. On this old of a vehicle we're pretty sure that its normal for the o2 sensor to stay lean or rich when in closed loop. We've extensively test drove this vehi... Trouble codes: 41 (HEGO lean not switching).
1992 Ford F Super Duty Custom 7.5L speed sensor VIN: 2FDLF47G8N
We will be installing a psom under dash for the proper signal input to the ecm. The psom converts the vss a/c signal to a digital signal for the ecm to use for proper shifting. Thanks
1992 Ford Thunderbird 3.8L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, PINGING VIN: 1FAPP64RON
we found out that the shop that did the heads might have used the wrong heads but the customer did not want us to tear down.so he was going to try to take it back to that shop.thank you for taking the time to replie to me and helping us out with this one.
1993 Ford Bronco Custom 5.8L High Nox VIN: 1FMEU15H9P
Hi guys, thanks a lot for reading and responding to my post. Some of you guys said problem with egr and some said common problem with catalytic converter. Customer decided to sell this truck as is. Thanks for the reply.
1997 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on, lack of power wot VIN: 1FMDU32X6V
Thanks to all who helped with info. THe vent solenoid for evap is on the canister under spare tire.That had me confused. The customer did not want to spend ANY more MONEY. The light has been on for over a year. The tips for cleaning the maf and the possible va... Trouble codes: P0446, P0171, P0174.
1999 Ford E-350 Econoline 5.4L EPC & Convertor VIN: 1FCKE39L3X
Got three replies on this one. I tried another EPC solenoid pack and that never helped. Phil from Newyork sugested to power up the circuits that we were testing and that was the ticket. We ended up finding out that there was a poor connection in the engine com...
1999 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1FAFP42XUX
I finally got the car back in, most suggested a possible fuel pump concern. The key was another fix I read earlier this week and I dont remember the name of the person who posted it, they found a partially clogged converter, I removed the o2 sensors and cranke...
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