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1993 Ford Ranger STX 3.0L timing chain VIN: 1FTCR11U0P
After setting distributor correctly I have to really advance distributor to make engine run.Timing chain jumped.My question is,does the oil pan need to be removed to do the timing chain job,as the repair manual says to remove oil pan.I have replaced hundreds o...
1993 Ford F Super Duty XL 7.3L glow plug VIN: 2FDLF47M7P
Hello, I have a glow plug that has broken off in the head.the threaded part came out easily but the tip is still in the head. i think its melted or mushroomed. Any fixes besides pulling the head?
1994 Ford E-350 Econoline 7.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FDKE37G6R
This van failed smog test for excessive HC and CO at idle. I confirmed it is running rich and idling poorly. I narrowed it down to the injector signal. It will be idling at 5 ms and the pulse width will randomly spike up to 10 or down to 0. It does this on al...
1995 Ford E-250 Econoline XL 5.8L Misfire VIN: 1FTHE24H6S
thanks in advance this vehicle has a miss on # 1 cyl . lack of power & back fire . compression test 130 to 150 psi across the board except # 8 cyl is 90 psi. fuel pressure is 40 psi with a rapid leak down unless the return line is crimped then pressure is 60 p...
1997 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L 1st gear slippage VIN: 1FMDU34X5V
this car came into the shop with slippage in 3rd gear we overhauled the trans.was good for about a week came back with the complaint that when is cold drops out of 1st gear after stop then we rebuilt the trans again (5r55e)this time i found only the over drive...
1998 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FU467FHNW
Allright Ford Guru's... This ranger is towed in with no spark.. Has 65 psi of fuel and injector pulse.. With the no spark condition so far I have replaced both the Cam and Crank sensor to no avail.. Did a little research but it seems like Iam missing something...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNX21F5X
This is a calif calib diesel. it has a glow plug moniter system. The spec says 35amps+ minimun on cold start. we have 60-65 amp spikes on both banks on cold start, but consistently kicks out p 1395-6 codes immediatley. have volt dropped to firewall connection,... Trouble codes: P1385, P1386
1999 Ford Escort SE 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FAFP13P8X
Okay, here we go. This is my wife's car and it runs terrible. I initially had low fuel pressure (32 psi) so I replaced the filter and fuel pump (now steady above 35). No change. The car began running poorly shortly before the flywheel was replaced. The car doe...
2001 Ford E-350 Econoline 5.4L tail lights VIN: 1FDWE35L61
I need some wiring diagrams and fuse/relay locations on this box truck. The tail lights and clearance lights are not working. No power at the lights. I saw one posting on an older Ryder truck that said they are relayed. I don't see any extra relays hanging und...
2001 Ford E-450 Econoline Super Duty Custom 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDXE45F01
hello fellas let me start out by saying i am not a diesel technician. i have this 01 e450 7.3 diesel it came in a couple weeks ago and it was a recently purchased vehicle the new owners wanted it checked out for a variety of reasons, a couple being hard starti... Trouble codes: P1316, P0344, P0542
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.0L steering box VIN: 1FTYSW30P8
hi all this truck making me loose hair on my 27 year old head. came in has a stutter like feel in the steering wheel when turning left only. half too 3/4 turn you feel it. have two other custimers whith same problem. both have had ford gear boxes put on and s...

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1981 Ford E-150 Econoline 5.8L Starting VIN: 1FMEE110BH
Thank you everybody for all the insight, this van is a little before my time. I had already checked for the start signal and power to the module, the coil had power at all times, and the solenoid and starter had been changed recently. Many of you hit it on t...
1998 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Excessive Emissions, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZF1827W
Thanks so much for all of the reply's for those who sent them. I shipped the vehicle to the dealer and they said the cat was stopped up. Didn't make a lot of sense to me. That was the first thing that I suspected.I disconnected the cat and also checked the bac...
1999 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon Custom 5.4L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1FTSS34Z1X
Could not obtain any useful materials to properly diagnose the problem, so we sent this one to the dealer for further testing.
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L No Start VIN: 3FAKP1138X
Hi, and thanks to all who took time to respond to my post. Brent,Tim,Chuck,Sean, and Joe, were right on the diagnosis for this one. I got fooled by the good condition of the timing belt and componants. the belt was good with no teeth missing,and was tensioned ... Trouble codes: P0340 (cam sensor ckt. malfunction).
2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Head Lights, blower motor, electric windows VIN: 2FMZA5144Y
We went ahead looked deeper into the wiring on this thing. We ended up finding an intermittent open in the wiring (circuit 1001) at the junction block. It would only open when the circuit was under a load. I appreciate all the replies and the information ...
2000 Ford Contour LX 2.5L timing chain? VIN: 1FAFP66L6Y
customer states that car may not be worth fixing so they have put this job on hold for right now
2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMYU04151
We did a compression check, all is fine, checked all the coils, all looks good. Took to the Ford dealer for them to see what is going on, but my tech cleared the check engine code before it left here. Needless to say Ford could not do anything then. We will wa... Trouble codes: P0304.
2001 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L l-f wheel VIN: 1FMZU73E82
Hi and thanks for the replies, a few of you talked about tires so we looked and found the right rear to be a different tire than the rest and noticed this vibration was not only on turns one way but both ways. We told the customer to get new tires before we we...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L MIL Lamp on, pinging, plug broken VIN: 1FTPX14534
Well I am going to post as a fix at this time. Customer waited till the cat codes returned and has know had his cats taken care of by ford. As far as the pinging he has had none when I talked to him yesterday. I am thinking the first couple of test drives with... Trouble codes: P0420, P0430.
2004 Ford Focus LX 2.0L No Start VIN: 1FAFP3X4W1
thank for the help everyone. the fix was we were not gettting a ground signal from the p.c.m. on the fuel pump circuit. We replaced the p.c.m with a used one and the anti-theft reset at the dealer, vehicle runs great.
2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Battery VIN: 1FMCU93105
Thanks to all for you replies! Turns out, Insufficient ground to the PCM Voltage Sense Circuit. Ground points are: Top of Transmission housing and Right Front Fender. Sadly, when scanned, the vehicle still showed 12.8V for battery voltage. Unfortunatly, I c...
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