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1986 Ford Ranger 2.9L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTCR11TOG
intermitantly stalls,shakes,rough idle,
1989 Ford Mustang LX 5.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1FALP45T5S
Vehicle began to run poorly over time, now does not rev over 3500rpm, (especially at wot), set timing to spec and checked advance, appears retarded 5-10 degrees. No exhaust restrictions found, adding fuel spray to intake does not improve condition, no data ava...
1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FALP52U8T
This thing only misses when it wants to. When it does it feels like some thing is hitting the frame. We've ran all the test I can think of & I have searched all the archives I can find. After clearing codes it seems like it takes two trips for the problem to... Trouble codes: P0304 (cyl 4 miss)
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDA5144T
The van has new plugs and wires. All injectors have been removed and have been ultrasonicly cleaned and flow tested. The #1 injector was partialy restricted. The light came on the next day. Compression is good. we will have the van in our shop again on mondey ... Trouble codes: P0301 (ctlinder 1 missfire)
1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on, LOW FUEL PRESSURE VIN: 1FAFP52U3W
fuel pressure originally 29psi.(tested for injector leakdown,no leaks.tested regulator it's good)after replacing fuel pump fuel pressure is still at 29psi.gross evap leak also detected.(no signs of any obvious leaks,possibly fuel filler neck, but we don't have... Trouble codes: P0232, P0455
1998 Ford Ranger XL 4.0L Mechanical VIN: 11FTYR14X7
HEY THERE ALL YOU FORD EXPERTS!! I just bought a ford ranger that has this knocking type noise. It is most noticablein park at idle. It gets a bit less when in gear. I canbearly hear it when driving. I tried to pinpoint the noisewith a stetoscope and I heard t...
1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L drivetrain VIN: 1FMZU34E6W
I hope that i am posting in right area. This truck was brought in with complant of roughness just off idle. We found on start up till rpm dropped to idle. Eather hot or cold as rpm is increased from idle to approx 800 rpm truck feels as if picks up vibration t...
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L Valve Train VIN: 3FAKP1135X
This vehicle came in with a engine noise, which sounded like a lifter. Pulled plug wires while running no change in noise. I checked timing belt idler and tensioner found good. Checked valve lash found some too high. this system has all solid lifters with shim...
2000 Ford Focus LX 2.0L super high idle VIN: IFAFP343YW
This car was towed in because it sudden acelerated to full throttle all by itself. When I got in the car and started it, it went right to 5000 rpms!!! I turned it off and opened the hood. I checked to see if the throotle was stuck and it wasn't BUT the cable f...
2001 Ford Focus LX 2.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1FAF36331W
when you drive this car for awhile like 60 to 90 mintues it barley runs no power check cat ok used test pipe that i made up. new fuel filter no help. this will be the 4 time for this car . need help from the ford gods. thanks
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6L flex plate VIN: 1FMDU75W72
truck came in with a ticking/knocking noise in all drive ranges and park and nuetral. noise is coming from tranmission bell housing area and sounds exactly like a cracked flex plate. noise seems to get louder as truck gets hotter and is more pronounced wiyh th...
1996 Lincoln Continental Anniversary 4.6L starts and dies VIN: 1LNLM97V9T
This car was scheduled in for problems with the A/C compressor not engaging and loss of refrigerant. It started and drove in fine. We found the compressor was not getting current and began diagnosing this problem.The cycling switch checked good. After unpluggi...
2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L fuel guage VIN: 5LMFU28R33
Hi all, let me first start out by saying thanks to all members of iatn!!!I have an 03 linc navigator that came in today with a fuel guage problem, costomer says her guage was at empty so she went to fill up and it only took a few bucks to fill it, she then dro...
1995 Mercury Villager (Van) Nautica 3.0L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: 4M2DV11W35
after van warms up it pops and will not accelerate it came in with clogged cats ,replaced them .then customer came in fdays later complaining of this problem ran diag found maf jumping around replaced maf was gone a few days then back again ran more diag found...

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1993 Ford Probe 2.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1ZVCT20A0P
Thanks to all who replied, Sorry this took a little while to post. I have been waiting to make sure this car was ok. The fix was the radiator. Even though I had checked it with a laser thermometer in several spots on the radiator and they were all pretty much ...
1996 Ford Contour GL 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FALP65L3T
Thank you to everyone who responded. 3 people said check timming belt to see if valve timming was off. This engine has a chain . I didn't think the timming could be off being a chain, but I was wrong. I took the valve covers off and the right side timming mark... Trouble codes: P0300 (p0301-), P0301 (p0302-), P0302.
1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L window regul VIN: 1FTZX18W5W
Thank you for the quick response. Thanks to Nick from Ohio simply states the spring assists the window UP and to wind spring until it falls into place.Kent from Florida suggests to drill the dimples in door panel to gain access to the motor mount bolts and rem...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L torque convertor clutch VIN: 1FAFP53U8X
Of the 4 replies recieved, two suggested this was normal Ford strategy for compressor engagement. I was ready to accept this concept, yet I had the opportunity to test an identical Taurus. Found the same parameter readings as AC clutch cycled ON/OFF. However, ...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 5.4L cyl. head gasket VIN: 1FTNW21L6X
Thank you EVERYBODY for all of the great responses. After hearing that it could be done, I was actually willing to take on the job. After reading all of the TSB's and explaining to the customer the possiblity of having to REPLACE the heads, he decided he would...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L cooling fan VIN: 1FAFP53U9X
Costumer decided they didn't want to spend the money to try pcm. I'm reasonably sure new pcm would have fixed car. Ac wire to pcm had infinate resistant to ground. Car doesn't use multifunction relay, uses individual relays. Didn't make sense anyway, relays an...
2000 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FAFP55U0Y
This car was a headache all the way. NOT a pattern failure. All my data was just wacky--so it was looking like a bad ECU. AND-it was apparent from pulled-back harness wraps and pinholes in wires that someone had been in there looking before me. Since it had ju...
2000 Ford Focus LX 2.0L door locks VIN: 1FAFP33P8Y
Thanks to Thomas and Ed and everybody that replied, especially Curtis from Louisiana he was the first reply and hit it out of the park. the fuse in the back of the fuse panal was burnt due to an aftermarket alarm system that was tied in, it burnt wiring going ...
1998 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L horn and cruise VIN: 1MEFM53S3W
well I had a lot of responces on this one! most everybody agreed with my thoughts on the clock spring being the culprit. I must be honest and tell you we were all wrong on this one. I found that the dark blue wires coming out of the horn relay were open! I sti...
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