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1992 Ford F-350 Custom 7.3L Brake Pedal VIN: 2FDKF37M3N
Vehicle came into us 6 mos. after having a master replaced at another shop. pedal was fading again. inspected the system, drums and rotors are within specs, replaced master, same problem, replaced abs modulator, same prob. pedal does not fade with engine off (...
1994 Ford Mustang 3.8L noise VIN: 1FALP4044R
This veicle has a metal tinging noise on acceleration it seems to be coming from the transmission area or rear of motor, have removed transmission and check engine plate and replaced flywheel and engine plate but still has noise on acceleration.
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L Mechanical VIN: 3FAKP1136X
I thought i would ask first before i started to take apart. The custmer of course doesn't want to spend anything. The car is making a knocking noise, when idling. doesn't get anybetter on accel. sounds like the timing belt area. It looks like it might have a m...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L p/s pump VIN: 1FTWW32F7X
Hi guys, this one is a puzzler for me. 99 F-350 Superduty had no problems till a dog runs out in front of it. The owner slams on the brakes and suddenly gets an awful power steering noise, like its out of fluid but the fluid level is ok. Vehicle still steers e...
2000 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Engine VIN: 1FAFP34P0Y
Good morning. Ive a 2000 Focus that came in with a SES lite on. Code PO303, #3 cylinder misfire, customer wanted to tune the engine up since it wasnt acting up at the time. We did that and reset the computer. Car came back in two weeks with same code stored. D...
2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA5341Y
Good afternoon guys Ive inherted this windstar from another repair shop.It will intermittenly set lean codes for both banks after about 2 days of driving.My ignition system is perfect and i cannot detect any vacume leaks at all.I cleaned out the mass air flow ... Trouble codes: 171 (lean bank 1), 174 (lean bank 2)
2000 Ford Focus LX 2.0L steering column VIN: 1FAFP33P9Y
This started out as one of the miserable Focus fall-apart lock cylinders. This one was particularly hard to dig out of there. But now, we have a steering column that has "fallen in" and we can't figure out how to dig it out. At some unknown time in the midst o...
2001 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTYR10D71
Runs ok on road, idles up and down. See no problems on scanner. Idle reminds me of a Windstar idle when a IMRC actuator is bad. This has a IMSC system. I can't get to the actuator linkage without pulling the intake. Before I do, let me ask some questions. the ...
1999 Mercury Cougar 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1ZWFT61LXX
Just helping out another tech in the shop with this car. Appears to have a vacuum leak under the plenum or thereabouts. We use a pressurized smoke machine to force smoke in to the intake manifold. Getting trace amounts of smoke from underneath the plenum. My q... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean Bank 1), P0174 (Lean Bank 2)
1996 Other Ford 4700 7.3L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1HTSCABK4T
my boss's tow truck will intermiitantly not start.There is no fuel smoke while cranking. Also intermittantly while idling it will sound like someone just shut off the key for a second, you can audibly hear the engine is about to stall and then catches itself r...

Fixes & Summaries for Ford
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1993 Ford Ranger STX 4.0L thermastat VIN: 1FTDR15X1P
thanks to all who replied,I had previously tried a thermastat from the dealer as some suggested and made sure it was installed correctly. Upon closer inspection I discovered there is not a bypass passage on this engine other than through the heater core. When ...
1995 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L Headlights, signal lights, wipers VIN: 1FTCR14UXS
Thanks fellow workers, this fix was too easy, it was the conector at the combinaton switch box, it had came unpluged some how , put it back togather and wow the D*** thing worked. Thanks again and hope to return the favor. Randy
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L t. case VIN: 1FTDX18W9V
i recieved 3 replies. one reply asked if i had checked for gem codes, one brought up the possibility of water intrusion in gem, and one got a fix from identifix. the code p1838 was a gem code. i checked the gem module for water intrusion and there was evidence...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Poor Fuel Economy, lack of power VIN: 1FTWX33FXX
Well, fellow techs the after market warranty company felt the rest of the problem is the factories problem. So the vehicle was taken without a fix. However, the help that I recieved was very useful and truthful. Thanx to all for the words of wisdom. Trouble codes: P0470, P0471, P0476.
2000 Ford Taurus SE 4-Valve 3.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FAFP56S7Y
Thank you all ! That helped me out, The direct path was a compression check, revieled no compression on those affected cylinders, DUE to camshaft chain & guides , thus bending valves we replace engine with Ford re-man. all's good now. sorry for the delay the f... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302, P0303.
2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L convertor VIN: 2FMDA5342Y
thanks for all help. fix was replacement of trans #4 trans co admitted wrong gear ratio. tnanks again
2000 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0L when braking VIN: 1FAFP3831Y
Thank you to the four people that responded with the poor ground connection in the rear hatch(trunk) for the tailights. Found that one of the ground screws was loose. Test drove vehicle and problem not present. I did leave fuses 35 & 36 out at this time to ale... Trouble codes: P0705.
2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 7.3L Charging VIN: 1FTNS21F32
I just want to thank all the people who emailed me with suggestions about this truck. The owner of the truck put another alternator on with the smaller pulley and went over the wiring. I did not know there were so many problems with the charging system on thes...
2000 Lincoln LS 3.9L No Start VIN: 1LNHM87A3Y
Greetings, Thanks to all who replied,I never did replicate the problem.Upon further testing and some technical support from John [...] at Protec,I found out that the 8A draw was an innaccurate reading. Testing at the pump gives a false measurement,John sugg...
1995 Mercury Mystique GS 2.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on, Rich condition VIN: 1MELM65L9S
Well I didn't fix this vehicle myself but the customer was nice enough to come back and let me know what happened. I was 90% sure it needed a MAF but was reluctanat to put one on. She went to a relative and they got her a second hand one and all seems to be OK... Trouble codes: 173 (Rich condition bank 1 sensor not switching), 137 (rich condition bank2 sensor not switching).
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