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1990 Ford Taurus LX 3.8L short to ground VIN: 1FACP5845L
have a red light when doing drain probe test at the battery...checked everywhere i would normally check and no game...as you can see i have put a few hours into this one guys...wish i could just wave the magic wand...suspecting a wiring harnes at firewall or d...
1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L timing cover leaking VIN: 2FMDA5144S
Timing cover leaking and Alldata says engine removal needed to get cover off engine.Does anyone out there have any experience with this?
1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMCA11U8T
I need a way to install cam position sensor synchro without special tool. The old one broke, and we cant find tool to do it.
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FALP52U7V
The customer complains that the car "slams into gear and has a harsh down shift at times". I have checked the motor mounts and they move some but are not broken. The IAC control is about 55% with an idle speed of 1000rpm when it shifts hard. I have check the s...
1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP57U5W
Hello,Got a tough one here.I have fixed many of these with this code over the years, but this one is just beating me up.This PO411 code has been a problem for me over the past several months.I have gone through the flow chart many times and have never found an... Trouble codes: P0411
1998 Ford Contour 2.0L rotors VIN: IFAFP6533W
good day! this vehicle has problems with the front brake rotors warping every 3000km. i have replaced the pads, rotors and calipers. actually we have tried 3 different types of pads and finally went to the dealer rotors(very expensive). but to no avail the car...
1998 Ford Mustang 3.8L vibration damper VIN: 1FAFP4440W
Engine has had noise for 2 mo. Sounds like knocking from vibration damper. Removed damper check for cracks, none found. We had replaced cam sensor 1 year ago.Removed and replaced with another new one, no change. If you take the serp. belt off the noise will go...
1998 Ford F-250 5.4L Digital Range Sensor VIN: 1FTNF21L1X
I am having an issue with the Digital Range Sensor on this trans. A little background on this one is it is a Lawn Care truck so it has had a very hard life. It has had the typical range sensor codes to lead me to a bad sensor. Although it is still not reading ...
1998 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Unknown VIN: 2FMDA5341W
Van came in with no forward drive- only reverse. Tore it down expecting the forward clutch piston to be cracked or torn, or worn clutches. Found none of the above. Put all new apply pistons in it, as well as new clutches (old ones were about .003" worn per dis...
1999 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Fuel Gage, Temp gage rear defogger, transmission o VIN: 1FAFP58SXG
Hello Everyone, This vehicle experienced the following problem all at once. 1, The fuel gauge and Temp gauge are stuck at the half full and normal operating temp position. 2, Rear defroster will not work. 3, Transmission overdrive switch on shift lever does...
2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP5326Y
Can not locate SSrelay, not on pump bracket,don't see on core support. where else?? Trouble codes: P1413 (Eair pump)
1994 Lincoln Continental 3.8L head VIN: 1LNLM9741R
Of course the head gasket is bad but the question is does anybody know how to measure and the spec for head thickness? I know all the specs say machine no more than 10 but how do i know the set of heads the machine shop seys is "good" is really good? Yea i cou...
1995 Mercury Mystique 2.0L timing belt VIN: 1MELM6538S
this car came in with jumped timing belt. replace the belt idler pulley and tensioner. parts came from carquest. after replacment the belt walks toward the engine and cuts the belt on the edge.talked to one ford tech and he replyed if you find th answer let hi...
2002 Mercury Cougar 2.5L Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1ZWFT51L82
P0453 test per all-data says to check the fuel tank pressure sensor. All data says it's located on the top of the fuel tank. We dropped the tank down and didn't find it. Called dealer, they had one in stock. Sent it over for visual. Still can't find. Called de... Trouble codes: P0453 (evap control pressure high input)

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1988 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L Master Cyl VIN: 1FDKF37M5J
None of the replies fixed the truck, I installed all the parts and did all of tese thanks
1991 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe 3.8L poor hot start VIN: 1FAPP64R8M
A hardy THANK YOU to all who responded. The final answer was the ground strap located at the right side motor mount bracket. There was a poor connection there. After we cleaned the connection the problem was corrected. The starter works great and the car fires...
1993 Ford F-150 XL 4.9L Modified Smog Part VIN: 1FACP2222P
The consumer has not returned yet for us to test his vehicle. I called him and informed him that the consensus is that this is a illegal modification. Thanks to Ford Mastertech Nick for this information. I am going to leave it up to him if he wants to get this...
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Traction Control VIN: 2FMDA5145T
Thanks for all the useful tips I still waiting on customer to return so I can do more testing. Trouble codes: P0500.
1997 Ford Contour GL 2.5L interior lights VIN: 1FALP65L7V
Thank you to those who responded. The customer decided to take the vehicle & repair it at a later date. Sorry no definitive answers
1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 2FMDA5144W
Of all the replies we received we didn't glean any new information, perhaps our post should have been a little more thorough. We have decided that this is probably a regional fuel problem and there probably is no fix. When the van sits for 5 mins. hot, we actu... Trouble codes: P0230, P1513 (IMRC runner bank 2 stuck open).
1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L battery lite VIN: 2FMZA5141W
THANKS to everyone for their responses. Well the fix goes like this. I contacted the parts store and had them test their alternators. They found that the first one they sent was bad. Which would lead me to believe that the second one was bad also. They sent me...
2000 Ford Escort LX 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAXP1138Y
Turns out problem started with oil and filter change @ quick lube franchise, customer seemed not to think this was pertinent info, do not know what grade oil was used. We finally switched out our 15w40 test oil for 5w20 and still had problems with the light se... Trouble codes: P1383 (Camshaft timeimg over retarded).
2001 Ford E-250 Econoline 5.4L Brake pedal VIN: 1FTNE24L01
Sorry it took so long to get back to everyone...We checked everything that was suggested and found no evident problems such as wheel bearing play etc, tested the ABS unit with the paper clips and everything checked out o.k. also drove vehicle for about 200 mil...
2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Surge VIN: 1FAFP53U71
changed engine mount (radiator side). cleared up excessive engine lifting(it was lifting about one inch but wasn't broke). looked futher into torque converter stall or transmission issues. found the tcc actual rpms were on average 60 rpms faster than the actua...
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6L 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 shifts VIN: 1FMDU73W52
The problem was the shift solenoids. After replacing the solenoid pack all pressures returned to normal and the vehicle shifted MUCH smoother all the time. Ford sells a chemical that they recommend you put in the transmission to help prevent the solenoids from...
2003 Ford F-150 XL 5.4L Headlights VIN: 1FTRF18L73
This truck is fixed and gone! As some of you suggested, it was a fuse issue. My assistant thought he had checked all the fuses, but not carefully enough. I always have them check fuses with a test light, but I think he cut corners. One fuse was blown, but sorr...
2004 Ford E-250 5.4L od.-3rd.downshift VIN: 1FDPE24L2Y
Hello everyone.After disasembling transmission I found that the forward clutches where burnt.This caused excesive clearance in the forward clutch.After repairing trans everything works good.
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L high idle VIN: 2MEFM75W31
hi everyone and thank you for your suggestions. a few of you asked if the scan pid of the throttle plate showed 'closed'. yes it did, i even went so far as to remove the tps ( still plugged in )from the throttle body. it read .5 volts and still idled high. i k...
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