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1994 Ford F-350 XLT 4.9L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1FDHF37Y6R
Running out of things to check please help. This truck came in with a hesitation, engine stall with hard restart and idle fluctuation. Checked base timing and found it retarded. I set it to 10 degrees BTDC with spout unhooked. With spout plugged up timing is t... Trouble codes: 179 (cruise lean limit-bank 1 still rich), 173 (o2 not switching-rich exhaust bank 1)
1995 Ford F-350 Special 5.8L Stall VIN: 1FTJW35H95
Customer has replaced map sensor, iac valve, we replaced tps sensor and dist assembly. Tried new ignition module and a tester computer with same results. Replaced spark plugs and cap and rotor. Has new fuel filter
1996 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FMCU24XOT
hi , this ford runs real bad in open loop.on initial start upin open loop the o2 mv are at 0 mv and it runs poorly. once closed loop is achieved engine smoothes out and o2 sensors operate normally .tried relearn no change,. actually made it worse.tried used pc...
1998 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1FMPU18L9W
Check Engine Light come on code 1309 misfire detection monitor malfunction run cricuit test didn't find a problem could not get the thing to act up so I cleared codes sent customer on ther way.The next day customer calls to tell me that check engine light came...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1FAFP53U8X
This car every now and then will start "bucking and jerking", it will run ready bad, the LOW FUEL light will come on. It does this for about minute or so then clears up. I have no idea what is going on with this car. Anybody know where I should look? It has ...
1999 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA5247X
This van came in with the MIL on. The code was P0306 (missfire Cyl. 6). It hadn't had a tune up in a long time so we started with that. After replacing plugs & wires the miss was less and had also changed to Cyl. 4. I found that the miss was only when hot and ... Trouble codes: P0304 (misfire cylinder 4)
1999 Ford Econoline Super Duty Custom 7.3L No Start, Stall VIN: 1FDSS34F2W
hello ford techs, this powerstroke will run for a while then die, upon cranking the engine, the pid will show no rpm on the ids,and therpm control module. the cam signal is present with a lab scope attached at the pcm. this is an amulance with a ford factory... Trouble codes: P1316
2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L power steering pump VIN: 2FMZA5146Y
This vehicle came in with a whining noise in the power steering when turning. We first checked for TSB's and found one for this exact condition. The Reference number is 01-4-5, Date of issue: March 5,2001. We replaced the suggested hose and bled the system acc...
2000 Ford Explorer XLS 5.0L shocks VIN: DHE851GHRT
Thanks in advance for any help. I was curious if anyone has found an aftermarket source for front and rear shock on these vehicles with automatic height leveling. So far, I've only been able to find them at the dealer at $100 a piece. Aaron
2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZF17221
This vehicle came in with a check engine light on. The code was p0171 (lean condition bank 1). Typically on these Fords we followed the service bulletin for the upper intake manifold gaskets internally leaking. We changed all seals, gaskets and pcv valve and c... Trouble codes: P0171
2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L fuse #5 VIN: 1FTRX18W21
Hi folks, got an 01 F150 here,customer brought it in to have me look at heater-only blows hot air.Checked fuses,found #5 was blown,installed another 15A fuse and it blew right away,put my cicuit breaker(20A) in only long enough tosee the DR lights come on.Some...
2002 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA51472
got this windstar that has been just plain stumping me. It came from the used car lot we sublet for. originally we found 10 dtcs stored and found 4 issues. we replaced the lower intake manifold due to a vacuum leak around imrc shaft, we found it with smoke. ba... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174
1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L Engine running VIN: 3MELM15P7V
So this is my step mothers car and she has just came back home butthis problem arose last year after the aforementioned repair. She had plugs installed before coming home and we just put new wires on thinking it may have had one jumping to ground intermittentl...
1999 Mercury Villager (Van) Estate 3.3L No Start VIN: 4M2XV11T9X
i like to get help in this / to see why is blowing the fuse eng. cont. 10 aps. the michael wiring diagram dont help a lot / if you know where i can find a decent wiring diagrama please let me know . thanks soon i open the ignition swicht the fuse is gone
2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L Lighting VIN: 2MEFM75W7Y
interior lights come on at will. doesn't seem to be any pattern. i replaced the left front door ajar switch. but it didn't help. if you slam any door it will go out. i adjusted all doors a lubed the latches. looking for ideas. this car has no gem support on my...

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1986 Ford Ranger S 2.9L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTCR10T1G
Hi group- Excellent results on this! Respondents to my inquiry all came up with great tips and ideas as to the solution. A vehicle of this age could easily be( and as it turned out was) suffering from several issues. The main problem,identified first by RI... Trouble codes: N0NE.
1994 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L front wheels VIN: 1FMDU34XXR
Thanks to the 17 people to replied to my request. The fix on this vehicle is that there is no fix at all. After checking all the front end parts again, checking front automatic hubs and snap rings, draining front differential and installing new grease, we foun...
1994 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Code 341 VIN: 1FMDU32XOR
Hello everyone and thanks for the help on this one. I am not sure how all this came to pass, but here it is. The shorting bar near the AC accumulator was not there, and having little experience with them, i assumed that the code was related to the light. This ...
1997 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L No Start, Stall VIN: 1FTJW35F2V
we changed fuel pick up lines in both tanks.also removed and cleaned both fuel tanks.cleaned all lines replace all filters. tryed all new fuel as of now no problem
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Surge VIN: 1FTDX18W1V
I got alot of replies refering to vacuum leaks which was not the problem the symptom only occured when a/c compressor kicked on. I had the a/c checked it was low after a charge it made the compressor kick on less frequently but same problem. I had already repl...
1997 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Transfer case VIN: 1FMDU34X9V
Thanks for your replys. We re-examined everything we did. We then discovered that the tech who installed the speed sensor mixed 2 of the wires. When installing front speed sensor you must pull 3 wires from the 8 pin(?) connector and re-install. I told him next...
1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool Coupe 2.0L Timing Belt VIN: 3FALP1131W
I want to say thanks a bunch to all who replied. I used my snap on flat file with the orange handle removed,I was concerned that it didn't fit very snug but i tried any way and it worked out fine.After I Had the belt on I Spun the engine over a few times by ha...
1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Misfire VIN: 1FTZX18W5W
thaks to all that replied, after pulling the right valve cover & removing the valve springs & not finding a problem, by the way you need a special tool to put the springs back on (150$), i compleated a a full compression test, find the #8 cyl. to be the proble...
1998 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FM2U32P9W
Special thanks to Josh, Ray, Terry, Robert, Brian, Michael, Phil and Authur for their exceptional advice. We checked all the suggestions and Phil and Authur were very close to 'right on' with the vacuum leak suggestion. We did find a 'slight' vacuum leak in th...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTSW31F6X
sorry it took this long to reply i disconnected the fuel heater and let customer drive it for a while all was ok with it unplugged thanks to all that replied it was what most replies said it was a shorted fuel heater Trouble codes: P0470.
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAFP31391
Well, Thank you all who replied. It looks like the valve cover was the problem. I stand corrected there is a pcv valve on this car I overlooked it. I will let you know if this car comes back AGIAN.. Trouble codes: P0171 (lean bank 1).
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 5.4L transfer case VIN: 1FTFN21L13
wow, first thanks to al who responded. terry d. and darcy s. hit it right. the original encoder would not turn actuator, so i replaced it. after rechecking voltages, wiring and driving myself nuts, i examined the responses from iatn and swapped original plate ...
2005 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L front seal VIN: 2FAFP71W85
thanks for the replies. this seems to be a problem in the 05's but i am not sure why. to answer a few questions on replies- i do not use shift kits in these overhauls- new pump bushigs are installed in each job- rebuilt converters are used [ i have been using ...
2005 Ford E-450 Super Duty 6.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FDXE45S55
hey guys thanks for all who replied!after cleaning connections on tac system & clearing codes problem seems ok for now i beleive it will need throtle housing if problem arises again,there seemed to be some slop in throtle plate shaft. thanks again! Trouble codes: P2104 (throttle accuator control system forced idle), P2112 (accuator system stuck closed), P2111 (accuator system stuck open).
2005 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L dtc 1285 VIN: 1FMZU73K6S
thanks to everyone who replied to my post(except the guy who suggested we did the brake job too early!).the solus allowed me to reset the ' keep alive memory ' which seems to have taken care of the problem.she's been on the road for almost a month and the adva...
2002 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FAFP5221Y
Yes it is fixed. The cam syncronizer was out of adjustment. Reset and everythings fine. Thanks for the help.
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