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1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMDU34X2T
This truck has got me stumped. When it's cold the problem is much worse but can be felt anytime it's under a lot of load, like 4th gear when the convertor engages on an uphill grade. It acts like it's lean but the fuel trims seem to say differant. I've replace... Trouble codes: P0304 (Cyl. 4 Missfire)
1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L code VIN: 1FMFU18L7V
Its an 8 cylinder motor and its giving me cylinder 10 misfire. seems to be running ok. Has anybody ran into this problem. couldn't find a post or bulletin on this problem. Thanks Trouble codes: P0310
1998 Ford Escort LX 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 2FMDA6F35W
Hello. Please help me with this one. I did the head gaskets, got the head serviced, put it back together and it was fine. 2 weeks later car come back with a drivability problem. A loud whistling noise can be heard while running, remove the oil filler cap and i...
1999 Ford E-150 Econoline 5.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FDRE14L7X
Good morning fellow techs. I have a van here that I have about 20 free hours into trying to figure out. Now its time for some help... Any and all help is greatly appreciated. What I have here is a 5.4 that came in with #2 spark plug blown out. I know this is ...
1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0L head VIN: 1FAFP6639X
Have to pull the head from this vehicle. I was told that this engine is very difficult to work on and that I need special tools to R-R this head. Looking for info on how difficult to work on. Thanks!
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L door ajar light/interior lights VIN: 2FMZA5146X
Hi Ford Techs. The interior lights will not turn off when the doors are closed, nor will the door ajar warning light turn off. I have all the door panels off, and removed the wiring connectors and put in a jumper wire. Still won't turn off. Please tell me what...
2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1FMZU72X8Y
All coolant drains directly into crankcase. We drained 3 gallons of coolant from oil pan. Engine runs great with no coolant in it. No signs of head gasket leak. when applying pressure to cooling system we can hear the air come out of the oil fill cap as fast a...
2000 Ford Focus SE 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP34P1Y
This 2000 Ford (OUT OF) Focus has perpetual P0171 lean exhaust condition. Car runs absolutely flawless w/plenty of pep. At idle LT fuel trim is +31 & short term at +12 trying to push it even higher!!! Days earlier, I had the same symptom on a '99 escort w/same... Trouble codes: P0171
2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L loss of power VIN: 1FTWW32F1Y
This powerstroke is a new vehicle to my shop. I am a learning PS tech. The customer states the truck is low on power under heavy load only. P0476 koer and p01668 after contribution test. Buzz test and contribution test pass. Under load I can only get 14.8 boos...
2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Mechanical VIN: IFTRX18291
Iam posting this for a trans shop that is in the area, They are asking has anyone else had a problem when only cold that when this is put in reverse the first thing in the morning it will act like its going into two gears at one time. If you go directly to d a...
2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L overdrive light VIN: 1FTWW33FX1
truck sets code for vss sensor signal, p0720, and o/d light flashes. shift is eratic at times. when monitoring pids for vss and oss, stopped at idle, vss fluctuates around 20 mph and oss around 1000 rpm. should be at 0. checked power, ground connections, tried...
2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Anti-Theft VIN: 2FMZA55433
Vehicle came in for running rough and intermittant no start and stall. Found cracked spark plug in #6 cylinder, all 6 plugs replaced, misfire is taken care of. Still occasionally stalls and once in a while does not start.(no crank) Every time this happens, the...
1999 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L transfer case/abs VIN: 5LMPU28A7X
This vehicle was towed in with a no move/grind condition from the transfer case. I found the range fork broke. The plastic inserts were broke too which may have been previous as normal. The fork ends didn't show a lot of excess wear. Customer stated she had be...
2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MEHM55S82
Good Morning Techs on this fine Monday morning. I have a problem vehicle that came back today for Check Engine light on again with the same code P1506 Idle Air Control valve - over speed error. I have checked wiring, clean and service IAC valve, test valve and... Trouble codes: 1506 (Idle Air Control IAC - over-speed error)

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1988 Ford Ranger STX 2.9L No Start VIN: 1FTCR10T0J
sorry i took so long to fix this truck but i got lost and confused- i recieved alot of good advise-i did narrow the problem down to the distributor pick up coil-i replaced it but it still wouldnt start-i still had no spark or injector pulse-after going back an... Trouble codes: 212 (erratic pip signal).
1994 Ford F800 5.9L lights & wipers VIN: 1FDXF80C3S
A huge, HUGE thanks to Brian at Western Auto Electric in Alburqueque; his fax had just the answers I needed. Having been tripped up by Ford in the past, looking for a relay that doesn't exist or not knowing that there WAS a relay involved, I just needed a be...
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L starter VIN: 2FMDA5149T
thanks for the help guys almost everyone said the same thing,possible mlp sensor.I replaced it and problem is fixed.Itook yhe old one and removed the weather packing and tapped it on my hand and found it to be full of condensation.
1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FMDU34X8T
Thanks to everyone who sent me Ideas. James from indiana and Michael both hit it on the head. The fuel trim was so out it would not allow the injectors to fire right at idle. With pulling the battery connection for 10 minutes and WOT 10 times the fuel trim res... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174.
1997 Ford F-150 4.6L cam shaft
Thank you all that replied. I did not realize that Ford had 2 different engines for that m.y. You guys saved me a lot of work and I also now have more information to work with. We did not change the cams, only the chains and crank sproket, and tightners. Thank...
1999 Ford Escort SE 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAFP15P3X
Well, cannot assume everything is OK inside that airbox! The 'snap in' airflow sensor housing was loose & not centered inside airbox. Sensor was not inline w/airflow & air surrounding outside of sensor (but inside airbox) was bypassing sensor element! Fix was ... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean Bank 1).
2000 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L MIL Lamp on, Runs rough at times VIN: 1FTRX07WXY
After reviewing the replies that we recieved and doing some double checking, we made a call to the Identafix hot line and were told the they have experienced problems using autolite platinium plugs instead of motorcraft in these fords. I personally have had no... Trouble codes: P1309.
2000 Ford Excursion XLT 5.4L door windows VIN: 1FMNU40L9Y
several suggestions were sent to me to help me find the problem with this car. most delt with the relays. seems the switched power to the battery saver module had somehow been disrupted. ran a new wire from the ignition switch to the battery saver ye\gn wire a...
2001 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Door Locks VIN: 2FMZA514X1
Thanks to all who replied and told us to look into the door latches.Unfortunately that did not fix this vehicle ,or Ford has updated that system in this model year to keep just such an issue from happening.The problem with this vehicle is definitely in the fro...
2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.8L oil in cooling system VIN: 571EA53670
thanks for the help guys, the oil cooler has a very small leak , i would guess it gets bigger when engine is warm, i put it in a bucket of water with a air regulator on it & would you believe it took about 40 psi before i would get a bubble. the oil filter ada...
2001 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FDAF56F91
After being scolded for not doing enough testing, I hang my head in shame and beg for forgiveness. Charles [...], aka Dieselman, asked if any codes returned after the second failure. One did. P1211. He said that code relates to fuel system or high pressure oi... Trouble codes: P0167 (Feedback signal), P0344 (Cam sensor), P1247 (Turbo boost low), P1211 (ICP pressure above or below desired).
2003 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6L charge lamp VIN: 2FAFP74W53
Thanks to all who replied. Especially the guy from Georgia who called me with some tips. It turned out to be the wrong alternator. (This guy is a used car lot. I think he spends more money trying to do it cheap, than to fix it right the first time!) His altern...
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Stall VIN: 1FTNX21FX3
We had the local dealer replace cam sensor. Has not died sense repairs. Thanks for all the replys.
2005 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer 6.8L control head VIN: 1FMNU45S95
Performed pin-out tests at EATC controlhead. All voltages are correct. Replaced blower control module, test operation, ok.
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