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1988 Ford Ranger STX 2.9L battery VIN: 1FTCR15T6J
battery goes dead withn one or two days without running pulling fuses has been inconclusive.
1991 Ford LTD Crown Victoria 5.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2FACCP74F2
Greetings fellow techs, Had a strange one dropped in my lap at closing time today. 1991 Ford Crown Vic with the 5.0 302 engine. Customer stated that the car will just die and fail to restart. Went to pick up the car and it started and ran just fine to the shop...
1992 Ford F-350 Custom 5.8L Red brake light on all the time VIN: 2FTJW35H1N
Red brake light on all the time and the ABS light comes on and goes off after self test. Have followed the trouble shooting tree in Ford manual and have disconnected brake switch, e-brake switch, low brake fluid switch and ABS mod. Ford manual says their is a ...
1995 Ford E-150 Econoline Club Wagon Chateau 5.0L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMEE11N3S
vehicle hesitates and the check engine light flashes, with the occasional misfire when driving in wet weather, the problem does NOT occur at initial start-up in the morning. It only occurs when the vehicle is being driven in wet weather At highway speeds, repl... Trouble codes: 172 (ego lean bank onenot switching), 173 (ego rich bank one not switching)
1995 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Unknown VIN: 1FMDU34X4S
This truck has an overdrive off light that flashes on the dash and I can't get any codes or trans data out of the computer. It seems to shift fine and operate properly the only thing I notice is that when it downshifts to low that shift is pretty harsh. Anyone...
1995 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L control panel/blend door VIN: 1FMDU34XXS
This Explorer operates at full hot most of the time - it does have EATC. I have the evap case pulled away from the firewall so I can easily watch the operation of the blend door. I have also removed the actuator motor and looked at the blend door shaft w/a mir...
1996 Ford F-150 Special 5.8L fast idle
customer is complaining that the vehicle idles too fast upon initial startup its around 1500-1700 rpm only for 60 seconds or so, I think this is normal cold start operation. customer states that it didnt do this even when new. he says it would only go to 1100 ...
1998 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L driveline VIN: 1FMZU3YE5W
Hi gang. I have this 98 explorer that has an intermintent driveline noise. this mainly happens when going up a hill or grade, and feels like a trans slip but happens very quickly. this noise sounds like when car passes over a bridge joint or a small pot hole. ...
1998 Ford Taurus SE Comfort 3.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1FAFP53S8W
hi all you fordians. i kave this taurus with a 3.0l duratec v6 dohc. this vehicle was in here for a nostart. turns out that customer had one bad key.(passive antitheft key fob). well we all want the taurus to go away. oh by the way can you smog it for us. cust...
1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0L fuses VIN: 1FMZU35P2W
please help. this 98 explorer 5.0 has blown fuse #13 twice, sets 7 dtc's, and doesn't run right all at the same time. a good customer of ours bought it about a year and a half ago from a local used car dealer with a good reputation. soon after he bought it, he...
1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP6630X
If anyone can help I'd appreciate it. I hate these 171 codes!! Anywhere I can look?? We removed MAF and cleaned. Installed new thermostat, checked for vacuum leaks. I can never seem to get these codes to clear. Fuel pressure is good, and volume is good. Trouble codes: 171 (cylinder lean)
2000 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDAF56FOY
Hello Group, Please read entire post! This vehicle is a wrecker. We were on vacation when problem arose for this customer, another reputable shop tried to fix with no luck at all.. The problem is this this vehicle starts up cold around 70 degrees sometimes.. ... Trouble codes: P1247 (Turbo Boost Pressure Low), P0475
2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L 2-3 shift VIN: 2FAHP71W23
I found that the reason random misfire TC is being set is b/c when the customer accelerates from 100km/h with full throttle, the transmission will downshift into 2nd but will not upshift again and the vehicle rpm will reach upwards of 5360 rpm with no shift un...
2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTWW33P14
We have a 2004 Ford heavy-duty f350 diesel. It has a check engine light and we get code P0299. My Alldata does not give a description for this code. Does anyone have any information on it? The owner is concerned about the turbo. I hear these trucks are having ... Trouble codes: P0299
1999 Lincoln Town Car Executive 4.6L courtesy lamps VIN: 1L1FM81W1X
This one has me stumped! First I would like to thank all that try to help in advance. This is a Town Car Stretch limousine. The interior lamps go on and off correctly with the engine running, but whith the engine shut off (key off) the lamps stay on! I swapped...
1994 Mercury Villager (Van) GS 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4M2DV11W8R
after starting vehicle up after performing fuel induction clean, vehicle started to idle surge jumping from 850 to 950. found mass air flow screen filled with debris, removed and sprayed mass air flow. cleared self learn and test drove vehicle. check engine li... Trouble codes: 32 (egr problem), 34 (knock sensor ckt)
2003 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L tcc VIN: 1MEFM55S53
this one came in with the transmission indicator coming on. had DTC p0741, in memory. the problem seems intermitant. the desired slip and actual slip are within 1 rpm of each other at 55 mph, with trans temp about 165 F. hot line says there may be a problem wi...

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1969 Ford mustang 289CID power assist VIN: 9RO2M18767
Thank You Very much EVERYONE! I put 1 more control valve on from different rebuilder, 50% improvement.Many of you suggested relief valve in pump, had customer take pump back to where he got it, exchanged for another, we installed it and test drove with a big s...
1993 Ford F-150 XL 5.8L Transfer cas VIN: 1FTEX14H1P
I removed the transfer case and disassembled it. Found the range fork wore out. Also the oil pump was froze up. Cleaned the parts, replaced the range fork, shift hub, oil pump, chain, and seals. All four replies said the problem was the range fork. Thanks for ...
1995 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Wipers/ Washer VIN: 1FMDU32X9S
The codes received from the BCM led me to a totally improper trouble shooting approach, not to mention the values given in Mitchell were erroneous. Paul from MN. led me back to rechecking the run & hi-low relays in the fuse/ relay center underhood. Both had en...
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L cam position sensor VIN: 1FALP52U9V
there are two different cam sensors,i have seen the wrong syncronizer installed,there are two different syncronizers ,one has has a half moon trigger the other has just a single pole.if you use a scope you can see the signal.the half moon type has a wider patt...
1998 Ford Mustang 3.8L vibration damper VIN: 1FAFP4440W
Sorry for the late post. Computor was down. We replace vib. damper and the noise was gone. Old damper looked just as good as the old one. Oh well it's gone and I got payed thanks to all.
1999 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Reoccuring code VIN: 2FTRX07W9X
Thanks to everone who replied. While rechecking work performed did not hear fuel pump running gently tappaed on pump and it began running. Replaced fuel pump, relay, and filter. Cleared codes and all is well. Thanks again for all your input. Trouble codes: P0232.
1999 Ford Windstar 3.8L Stall VIN: 2FWMZA5146
Thanks everyone for your responses. The solution was two fold. First, their was a loose connection at the connector on top of transmission that simply was not snapped into place. Second, their were some bare wires touching the low side A/C line right rear of e...
2001 Ford Mustang 4.6L Mechanical VIN: ZF4AH01A11
Well, after re-thinking the noise, I have to agree w/ Don in MN that valve train noise should be unaffected by load. The chain tensioners appear to be working, so I am re-assembling the valve covers. Because the customer had all of the modifications at others ...
1998 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L dead battery VIN: 1MEFM50U9W
vehicle draw was a normal computer shutdwon time ---also coolant in oil was due to intake gasket to head failure
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