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1965 Ford mustang 200CID Misfire VIN: 5F08U18864
Just need to know if timing was set with the vacuum connected or not. The vacuum supply is threaded into carb and into distributor. The specs from alldata show 12 deg. but no indication of advance connected or not. This is a single diaphragm advance unit. Ther...
1995 Ford Mustang 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation VIN: 1FALP4045S
Car came in idleing at 3000rpm. Check IAC, IAT AND MAF. Found when the MAF was unplugged car would idle at 600-750 rpm but would stumble. When MAF is plugged back in idle increases to 3000 rpm. When I spray brake cleaner down the intake snorkel the rpm decreas...
1995 Ford F-150 Special 5.0L Cruise and Horn VIN: 1FTEX14NOS
Have here a 1995 F150, came in with horn and cruise control not functioning. Boss ordered clockspring and we replaced with new. Checked all fuses and relays. Noticed in the wiring diagrams that the horn and cruise share the same ground. Manually grounding Cr...
1997 Ford F-150 4.2L alt. fuse VIN: 2FTDF182XU
I need some help from ford techs. This 1997 f150 keeps blowing the 175amp mega fuse. This feeds the alternator so thie first time it blew, we changed the alt. It has blown twice since that. It takes 2-3 weeeks for the fuse the to blow. The wire from the fuse t...
1997 Ford Contour GL 2.0L rear brakes VIN: 1FALP6532V
this ones crazy. slight rear brake vibration, just enought to be a bother. we've replaced hubs, spindles, tires, wheel cylinders, shoes, brake hardware and we're on the 6th set of drums. spent alot of time on this one any ideas out there? thanks
1998 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L T/Case VIN: 1FMZU34X1W
Hey guys, not sure what I got. Truck came in with t/case that was engaged most of the time. Customer said unit has been worked on twice before by a friend. Jumping and bucking badly on sharp turns. Shift knob set to A4WD. Unplugged electrical to t/case to chec...
1999 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Safety VIN: 1FMZU34X5X
airbag light come on. found code 1998; pass side air bag circuit. cleared codes and then started engine and banged on the glove box and air bag panel and the light came right on.something loose perhaps. Anybody seen this? I could sure use some pinpointing befo...
2001 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L Stall VIN: 1FAFP55U61
HEY This car has been racking my brain. It came in as a no start and the customer had replaced the starter and battery. Found that could not communicate with pcm through aldl connector. Figured out that trans range switch was at fault. Replaced switch and car ...
2002 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Cabin air filter VIN: 1FAFP53U52
This is my personal car But I was looking to help some other techs. Had a rainwater leak into the climate control blower case (leaked worse in a light rain). After chasing possible windshield leaks (none) I was able to determine that under a light rain the wat...
2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L battery light VIN: 2FAP71W13X
car was brought in and and had battery light on and voltage going up and down ranging from 13.5 volts to 16.2 volts. replaced alternator and battery light would stay off for about 1 min. then will come back on. upon futher inspection found that the 3 wire plug...
1991 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1LNCM81W6M
Hello Fellow Tech. I have this 91 Lincoln Town car with a customer complaint of veh feels like surging or slight miss at cruse and idle. Noticed in the shop there was no surge but a slightly rough idle. While driving at approx. 40- 55 mph veh has a slight mis...
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.5L Charge Light
The charge light will flash on this vehicle ONLY while driving or engine RPM is above 1200-1500 and engine is at operating temp. It does not come on when car idles. The interior lights & radio display are also affected. There is technical service buletin from ...

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1995 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 5.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTEX14N1S
sorry this took so long-had to wait till cust.could bring back.mike from michigan was right on and jim from georgia was also on the right track.replies were-rodent damage to wire harness,bad iac,ect in range failure,ect. after reading mike's reply i knew i had... Trouble codes: 171 (system at lean limit), 173 (system at rich limit).
1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L 1-2 Shift VIN: 1FALP52UXT
Thanks to everyone who replied to my help request. After talking to customer I found out that this car has been doing this for over a year!! It was his son's car that was given to him and it was shifting hard 1-2 while his son had it. He now wants to sell it b...
1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 4.6L battery VIN: 1FALP47V1T
Finally!!!fixed.Thanks Cris from Minnesota,you set me on the right track with the audio system. turned out to be the mach 460 audio system left rear amp pulling the juice out of the battery.
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 3FAKP1131X
Well, after about 30 hours, one final hotline call and 150 miles of driving, I can finally say it is fixed! I used a DVOM with a min-max feature to monitor all of the powers and grounds to the pcm. All readings were close to specs. I then cut the 2 wires from ...
1999 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZR1JV1X
Thank you all for the replies. I should have cut to the chase and bought a ford m.a.f sensor that came with a housing. I spent an extra day testing. I couldn't get it threw my thick head that it could be the aftermarket sensor because of the data i kept seeing... Trouble codes: 1101 (Mass air flow out of range).
1999 Ford E-250 Econoline 5.4L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTNE242XX
thanks for all the replies.the bi-fuel set-up on this vehicle had caused the fuel injectors to varnash really bad , replacment of all injectors fix the problem. Trouble codes: P0171 (lean), P0174 (lean).
2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2FTRX18W01
Thanks for the help on this one. We found the missfire data in mode $06,test $53. We had to clear the memory and add 10 gallons of fuel to get the missfire counter to run. There were not enough misses to CODE but I was able to see #6 had missed 647 times. Pull...
2004 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMCU04104
thanks to all whom took time to read and respond. gotta love these intermittant failures. we never could get the car to act up while testing and smoke tested proved there to be no leaks. we had already thrown the vent valve dart and was not successful. a coupl...
2005 Ford Freestyle SE 3.0L Brakes VIN: 1FMZK04175
Found the problema and in the end, thankfully, not out fault. The brake lever coming off the brake pedal was not aligned properly & not releasing pedal. The weak Ford system allows the pedal lever to go offline and keeps the pedal from returning 100%. Drov...
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