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1989 Ford Ranger Custom 2.9L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, spark knock VIN: 1FTCR214T6
this truck came in for multiple oil leaks. after changing above parts, customer took truck on a trip. brought back to the shop after the trip for a coolant leak and no power. after replacing thermostat and radiator, truck has a erratic idle, no power under acc...
1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 4.6L Mechanical VIN: 1FALP47V3T
Hello, I am in desperate need of some help with this one and you guys have never let me down. I rebuilt an engine on this Mustang Cobra SVT. The car came to me with a nasty lower end noise so I never really ran or drove the car for fear of further damage. Upon...
1997 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L power locks VIN: 1FALP62W7V
I have instalded 2 circut breakers on this car and it pops them in 2 weeks. Car came into shop today to see why breaker keeps blowing. I have unpluged all power window motors and switches even moon roof motor and module. As soon as you put in circut breaker in...
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L tcc engagement VIN: 1FALP57U9V
Hello all, and thanks in advance for reading thru this. The customer's complaint was adressed last week for a cold start and stall when backing out of the garage and into the street. P1742 and P1743 were stored, diagnosed, repaired and cleared last week. Upon ...
1997 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L Cuts out, Stall, CRANK NO START VIN: 1FTHX26F8V
First, let me begin by saying I generally do not work on diesel vehicles. I have some background and understanding but little experience and even less diesel specific equipment... but the truck belongs to a good friend and he is patient... though not patient e...
1998 Ford Taurus SE Comfort 3.0L servo VIN: 1FAFP53S8W
Hi; We have a bit of a problem diagnosing this vehicle. It came in a few days ago for a no brake light issue and shift interlock problem. The cruise control would not disengage with application of brake pedal. Brake light switch failed test and was replaced. b...
1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTRX07L3W
got one here for all you ford guys. tryed to smog this thing and it failed on hc and co. while testing found that when you hold it at about 2200 rpm the ltft goes to -25 on both banks and short term goes jumping around the -10 area. the injector pulse is at 3.... Trouble codes: P0172, P0175
2002 Ford Focus LX 2.0L Safety VIN: 1AFP36382W
Key will not come out of ign switch also the shift interlock is not holding in park looks like the key inhibit solonid is not releasing what ever tells the solonid to release is not talking we ck all fuses we have power also brake lights work any information w...
2002 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Intake manifold VIN: 1FAFP42XX2
Has anyone had a coolant leak between the aluminum coolant crossover & intake manifold? Coolant leak was worse when weather was colder. Removed intake & unbolted crossover and found 2 different rubber seals that seal the crossover. Ford does not offer these se...
2003 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3FAFP31323
This vehicle came in as no start. Initially there was no spark, crank and cam sensors were replaced all the wires from these sensors to the computer were checked. There is cranking rpm at the computer and on the scanner. After a while we had spark but the vehi... Trouble codes: 320 (Eratic ignition)
2000 Lincoln Continental 4.6L interrior lites VIN: 1FAKLJBF65
lites inside vehicle wont shut off at all, unless i pull fuse. have not had time to really get into this animal,just wondering if this is goin to be a common fault, like a door latch or module issue or anything to start me off first thing in the am or afternoo...

Fixes & Summaries for Ford
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1986 Ford F-350 XL 6.9L glow plug VIN: 2FDKF3715G
#1 Cannot remove anything from cyl without head pull. #2 Damage in cyl from burnt glow plug IS very likly. #3 Need to correct and repair glow plug curcit the 1st time. #4 YES, ford gave me a short block N/C warranty!!! #5 Honesty is the best rule- thus Ford wo...
1991 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L starts & dies VIN: 1FACP45E2M
Thanks to all that replied, we had alot of different opinions, Rick from Michigan,was on the right track he had mentioned injector drivers. We finally ended at the ecm.Replacing the ecm solved the issue, car runs great!! again thanks for all the input. Trouble codes: 66 (maf), 98 (hard fault present).
1994 Ford F-350 XLT 4.9L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1FDHF37Y6R
The timing problem ended up being a poor connection at the distributor, I think. After unplugging and plugging it back in I had timing advance. However this had no affect on the rich condition. Also, I may have misstated the running rich problem. The o2 sensor... Trouble codes: 179 (cruise lean limit-bank 1 still rich), 173 (o2 not switching-rich exhaust bank 1).
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Hesitation VIN: 2FMDA5146T
Came back Monday and verified piston TDC and mark are on. Thanks to Mike of Canada for getting me back to basics. Someone got this CMP 180 off before I got to it, and I assumed I was using the right tool when I found it so close. Turns out I was not, but For... Trouble codes: P0122 (TPS code was corrected with new Ford TPS. Not a factor.).
1997 Ford F-250 7.3L fuel VIN: 1FTHF25F1S
A big thx to all who took time to reply. I wanted to be sure the customer was happy before closing this as I suspected more than one leak. In any case it was the hoses from the water separater to the left and right heads. Both were shot. There seems to be no s...
2001 Ford Taurus SE 4-Valve 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAHP56S11
thanks for the quick reponses.well it was the pcv valve after all.it did not seem upon initial inspection to be defective.friday night istopped at local carquest store to pick up new pcv.installed early sat.morning and the vehicle ran perfect.thanks again for ... Trouble codes: P1506.
2001 Ford Excursion Limited 7.3L engine VIN: 1FMSU43F81
I have been waiting as long as possible to close this help request. I wanted the owner to get as many miles as possible. The fix was to change the valve cvrs on both side. After that it ran great despite the below avg compression level and that the customer ...
2003 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L eletric windows VIN: IFTZR45E13
hey thanks everyone who replied the blue /blk strip wire was the power wire i was looking for I powered up that wire at the switch and all windows worked so I check the left hand door jam rubber gormet and there was power at the blue/blk strip wire there so i ...
2003 Ford Thunderbird 3.9L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAHP60A03
Thanks Everyone for the advice on this Tbird. The intermittent miss refused to act up after many miles of test driving so I still don't know what the root of the problem is. I low amp current scoped the coils as I drove it as well as scoping the primary igniti... Trouble codes: P0353 (Ignition Coil C Primary/Secondary Circuit Fault).
2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTSW31P74
After a good night sleep came in this morning, reviewed wiring diagrams and did further testing. Power relay was also not being grounded weather in crank or run position. If you jump 30 & 87, #22 Fuse still had no power. Removed fuse panel assembly and inspect... Trouble codes: U1059 (SCP Data Fault For tran/ax/PRND), U1073 (SCP Data Fault For Eng Coolant), U1027 (SCP Data Fault For Eng. R.P.M.), P1262 (SCP Data Fault For J1850 BUS), B1352 (Ignition Key In Ckt Fault).
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L Excessive Emissions, Power Loss VIN: 1FTNX21PX4
Thanks techs for the good advice and I am sorry it took this long to post a fix but I wanted to give the customer a trial period on the truck. A number of you recomended that I should inspect the EGR valve for carbon deposits. I removed the Egr valve and there... Trouble codes: P0528 (Fan Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal).
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L steering wheel VIN: 1FTSW21P85
thank you to all who replied. I changed pittman arm to one with a different length and that corrected the angle of track bar and steering. now shake is gone
2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0L a/c VIN: 1FAFP24135
I sent the vehicle to the Ford dealer, they reprogrammed the rebuilt cluster and there has not been any problems since. The customer is happy.
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