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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDA5146T
Dear Friends, this vehicle has cylinder #2 missing when the vehicle warms up only and I have checked every thing that I could think of and now need your help. Thanks in advance.
1999 Ford Contour LX 2.0L Engine VIN: 1FAFP6536X
First the story: This little car came in not running. It came from an auto sales dealer. Dealer states the original owner replaced the cylinder head (have no idea why), but he couldn't get the timing belt set right. I had never done a timing belt on one of the...
2000 Ford Windstar 3.8L Tail lights VIN: 2FTZA5442Y
The tail lights on this vehicle will periodically come on with vehicle off and kill the battery. It took a while, but I finally got it to act up and it is the tail lights coming on, not the brake lights. The REM is sending a ground signal to the brake light bu...
2000 Ford Focus LX 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP33P8Y
Initially pulled p0171 from vehicle w/ok drivability except idle dip occasionally when slowing, and little rough @ idle. Found Long term FT at +32% @ idle and off-idle within 10%. (seems like clear cut vac. leak !!??) Also found in data that eng temp low after... Trouble codes: P0171 (sys. lean bank 1)
2001 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out VIN: 2FMZA51481
Engines still misfires, or bucks, or stumbles, (hard to describe),at idle and under load(mainly with TCC engaged), intermittently.Is not a constant miss when it occurs, will miss for a split-second at idle. Accels OK in first 3 gears , under hard accel.Be sure...
2003 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L abs VIN: 1FTRX17W43
truck has random abs pedal vibration when stopping, watching speed sensors I do not see a drop out, it usually occurs below 15 mph, it will last from 1 second to 3-4 second range, pedal does not drop, or truck drift to one side. I replaced rear sensor,as a gue...

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1999 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA5349X
This was a new one for me but as it appears a fairly common event on these Windstars. All the EGR ports were clogged except for #3 so all the egr flow was dumping into #3. This was why we had a good idle and cold running was much better that hot. I unplugged a... Trouble codes: P0303, P0171.
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