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1960 Ford EDSEL 312CID wiring
Hello everyone I need a wiring diagrahm for a 1960 Edsel Convertible. The car is my fathers and he was in the prosess of restoring it but has become ill and I need this diagrahm to finish the resto for him. NOTE the diagrahm MUST be for a CONVERTIBLE Thank...
1990 Ford F-250 Custom 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTHX25M8L
Hey everyone, we have a f-250 truck with a 7.3 that wont start after hot soak, starts great in the cold, once warmed up and truck is shut off for 10-20 minutes it dosn't want to re-start, excessive cranking ( if the batterys hold up long enough) it will someti...
1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L No Start VIN: 2FMDA5148S
First, thanks for any help offered.. I have an employees 95 3.8 Windstar van here that has an intermittent 'no spark' on initial crank/cold 'ONLY'.. Runs fine the rest of the day with 'no' starting/drivability issues once started.. It may fire off on the firs... Trouble codes: P0420
1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L climate controls VIN: 1FMDU34X5T
I'm not sure that we have the tools to properly test this system - this is a automatic climate control system. The other day the air coming out of the vents could not be changed from cold to hot - after playing with the system and checking vacuum and the door ...
1996 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0L Twin Map Lights VIN: IFMDU35P9T
The bulbs & bulb retainer parts are missing and my Ford Dealer cannot seem to find a replacement withou I buy the entire assembly for upwards of $250. I wonder if someone out there has a part number for these little circular retainers and the wave washers that...
1996 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L wipers
front wipers only work on high, no low or intermittent & inop washer.found voltages good to motor, so replaced motor assm. Still inop! futher checking found when motor is plugged in w/switch on low,voltage is 0 on wht wire(low speed)& when switch is turned to ...
1996 Ford Windstar 3.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTNW2146F
this windstar is the older typr 3.8l with the split port intake no the newer 99' type. vehicle runs fine idle to wot.concern is runs rough to very rough after 10-20 min. hot soak.only last 30 sec or so? i have to drive ten minutes hard then hot soak and will r...
1997 Ford F-150 4.2L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTDF1723V
Hello all. I have tried all that I can think of to dia. this missfire. I have subed. a differant ignition cable and spark plug with the same result. Cleaned the injectors with the same result. I blocked off the EGR so it could not open and still have the missf... Trouble codes: P0302
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTDX0863V
the truck has had a new fuel filter and pvc within the last week. And it had a tune up last year. Plugs and wires are all factory. It was getting 335 miles on the trip meter now it is barely getting 160. Also I might add the speedo is not working and the speed...
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L no crank VIN: 1FALP52U8V
Hi, would just like to say, IATN rocks, have been a sponsor for about a year now and is the best site for help on the net, it is also nice to be able to help others in need. I have this 97 ford tauras that will not start unless you use the unlock button on the...
1998 Ford Ranger Splash 4.0L 4x4 hubs VIN: 1FTZR15X2W
Good Day everyone, This Ranger is having diffuculty with the 4x4 operation. I keep loosing vacuum at the hub units. After I replace seals and hubs it will work for about a month or two, then when the customer complains 4x4 in-op, I recheck for vacuum at the hu...
1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1FMZU34EXW
Help!! got a rough idle on this explorer and a missfire at 35/40 mph.we replaced plugs wires f/filter,cleaned mass air had a po300 which has not reset even after customer drove for a week.the idle is not real bad but not as smooth as should jus... Trouble codes: P0300
1999 Ford Mustang 3.8L 3rd gear VIN: 1FABP234X6
This aode came in with 3rd gear neutraling out 1/2 way through 3rd. I overhauld it and found burnt reverse , direct packs and a burnt OD band. If the OD lite is on you will get 3rd gear and then 4th when you turn it off. I have replaced the shift solinoids, 2/...
1999 Ford Windstar 3.8L intermedent miss VIN: 2FM7A5146Y
need your help dont know what to do next thanks
2000 Ford Ranger XL 2.5L Charging VIN: 1FTYR10C3Y
customer says battery goes dead , and service engine light comes on with battery and seat belt light, sometimes when key is not in the ignition.have checked the ignition switch and related wiring, charging system and battery are in working order. and at the ti...
2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.8L Plug threads VIN: 1JGF45TRK8
We advise pulling head and swapping with good used or reman due to bummed up thread repair---customer wants to sell truck, he cant get a decent trade with noise. (don't they ALL want to sell when theres a problem...?) Our question is with the timing chains par...
2000 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAKP1136Y
This car came in with a timing belt that was missing teeth and barely run and a C.E.L.. We replaced it and it would run, but sometimes die while idleing. He said he would check the rest out himself, and took it. He called us back wanting to know where the cam ... Trouble codes: P0340
2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L ignition actuator VIN: 1FAFP52U31
I am out in the boondocks and my repair manuals are outdated I need to know how to remove the steering wheel and airbag on this vehicle. I've never worked on a steering column of this type. I would appreciate some guidance in this matter. Thanks
2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L MIL Lamp on, eng. noises times VIN: 1FTZX172X1
Need a little help with this pickup, will set P0171 and P0174 codes for lean on both banks. Freeze frames show the it is set low speeds and LTFT are 7-9 on both banks. I have check fuel pressure and check for vac leaks. I had a lazy o2 sensor on bank 1 couple ... Trouble codes: P0171 (lean bank 1), P0174 (lean bank 2)
2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 7.3L Hesitation, Stall
This thing starts and runs perfect but after its to operating temp when you idle for 2-3 min then you go to accel it will take off then fall on its face and then jump up and run sometimes it does this 4-5 times then runs perfect. and if you come to a stop and ...
2003 Ford Excursion XLT 7.3L shifting VIN: 1FMSU41F53
The transmission symptom is very repeatable, and is initially corrected with every new key cycle. The engine control systems all check out fine, no codes present to cause transmission problems. On roadtests, the length of the ride and the driving conditions ca...
2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L navigation/radio screen VIN: 5LMFU28RX3
Hi Group, I have a Lincoln Navigator that the radio/navigation screen is a fuzzy bunch of lines. Radio works fine but can't see anything on display screen. I work at a dealership and the truck is on or lot. It was working fine but the other day it just had lin...
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 4.6L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4M2DU86W63
Condition has occured only 2 times. Only when cold at start up and a few miles after that. Later in the day light stopped flashing and then canceled itself. Vehicle may have been driven 80 miles that day. Performed visual inspection of spark plug, coil connect... Trouble codes: P0303 (Cylinder 3 misfire detected), P0316 (Misfire detected at start up)

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1992 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L heater
we checked this vehicle with laser temp. gun verified the operating temp. at 2500rpm good heat. we used the air lift tool sold by napa and double checked the refill-- clear full . the heater core was not plugged both hoses within 10 degrees of each other. cust...
1994 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L cel VIN: 1FTEF14N4R
I have not had a chance to diagnose this problem...customer will return for 500 mile oil change (Jasper Engine) and we will look at it then. I'll post an upddate to this at that time. Most suggested Bad Ground, which is what I suspect. A couple suggested sho...
1994 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1FMDU34X6R
Once again, iatn comes through. I received 12 replys to my help request and they were all excellent! Some of the suggestions were baro readings. they were exactly as I would have suspected for this altitude and weather conditions. Vac modulator for the trans, ...
1995 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FALP74W8S
Thanks for all the help.a broken valve spring was it.Still is weird that would have good compression and pass leak down test.Thanks agian to all. Trouble codes: P0302.
1995 Ford F-700 7.0L backfire VIN: 1FDNF70J0S
thank you evry one for the fix. as we were right exhaust manifolds was the fix and new plugs old were fould and not gaped right. once again customer and boss already know whats wrong with it (then fix it yourselfs).
1996 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L temp gauge VIN: 1FMCU24XOT
hi folks, heh sorry for the delay on this post. no fix as of yet, everything that was suggested had already been duplicated. again thanks for the help and suggestions. ford has told him the same that with blower motor running,that the mic maybe seeing a voltag...
1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0L starter VIN: 1FMDU35P1V
Thank you to all who replied. You where all right on the money, it was a ground issue at the engine block. The ground at the block was badly corroded thus causing the problem. I have been off since Saturday with the flu and my apprentice posted the question, i...
1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L rr wheel speed sensor VIN: 1FAFP52U5W
Customer didnt want to spend the money on a new controller,unit is kinda pricey.We received a lot of useful info.Looks like from the location of the controller under the battery,failure is common.
1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool Coupe 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FALP1137W
First I'd like to thank everyone that responded. Most of the suggestions were to check the mechanical cam timing. Several suggested that the oil passages could be plugged. All good ideas and we checked them all. What we did find was that the Variable Cam Tim... Trouble codes: P1380 (Variable Cam Timing Sol A Fault), P1381 (VCT Overadvanced Bank 1), P1000 (OBD II System checks incomplete).
2001 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L fuel injection VIN: 1FDAF56F61
Simply put, we first replaced the two known defective injectors. The engine started better but ran poor. Then we removed all plumbing again and replaced all remaining injectors and it solved the problem. The real problem is that there is no solid procedure on ...
2002 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0L Cuts out VIN: 1FTYR14V72
thank you for all of your help everyone. i found a very small glitch with a lab scope in the cam sensor. it was very hard to capture given the conditions. the truck has been working fine for 10 or so days
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Surge VIN: 1FTWW33P33
This is not a fix. We followed all of your advice, showed the information to the customer. He will take it to a different dealer. I bet he trades it in, he has been talking about getting a bigger truck. Thanks again to all
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