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1989 Ford F-350 Custom 7.3L Poor Fuel Economy, no power VIN: 2FTJW35MXK
Hi Guys, The customer complains of no power, especially when towing anything. Upon acceleration it emits solid black smoke indicating a rich exhaust. I'm thinking injector pump but I haven't worked on any diesels and the employee I have that does is on vacati...
1995 Ford Explorer Expedition 4.0L No Start, scantool issue VIN: 1FMCU24X3S
Our customers Explorer died and it was towed into our shop. I was able to start it briefly to pull it into my bay, it was gagging badly like low fuel pressure or a bad Mass sensor...it died and hasn't started since. I've checked for spark, good. Injection pul...
1997 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FTDR15X4V
Afternoon, well I have here this Ranger that we have done alot of work on in the past, his complant is on cold starts the engine idles rough for first 30 seconds or so, as if where flooded! So read up on some posts that lead me to replace all 6 injectors due t...
1998 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L cam chain
tore this engine down to replace the cam chain.and balance chain.there are no marks on the sprockets.alldata says there is no way to time these without special tools.does anyone know a way to get this back together.i am in the trans business trying to help a f...
1999 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTRX18L6X
Hi all, This truck stalled once during the road test after repairs. Without cycling the key off, the truck would crank but not start. Code P1260 was set in the PCM and U1262 in the cluster. (All codes were cleared before road test.) Once I cycled the key off, ... Trouble codes: P1260 (Anti theft system activated), U1262 (SCP data fault for J1850 bus)
2000 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 2FMZA5240Y
Dear ford techs. I have this windstar here that is causing me some problems. Customer brought van in for vehicle running poorly, surging, and nearly dieing driving down the highway. Upon driving, we duplicated problem. Spark plugs had been replaced before with...
2001 Ford Taurus SE 4-Valve 3.0L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1FAFP56S31
hello all tech. i have this car here it drive me nut. car caming w/ po301 and engine mis real bad at idle , after diag. i found bad wires so i install new wires set and plugs. proplem gone w/o miss at idle but it still surge when 1st off idle and still miss un...
2002 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Misfire VIN: 1FDAF56FX2
OK Guy's I ready for some other idea's Got this F550 super duty in with engine misfire on cylinder #1 and 3 Been through all the basic procedures, Replaced the under valve cover harness and the valve cover gasket for the amount of milage. Checked the injectors... Trouble codes: 1271 (open high /low cyl 1), 1273 (same cyl 3)
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FNEJS2563
I have a nightmare 2002 ford taurus customer brought it in 2 weeks ago with a screeching at first i thought it was in the transmission but after alot of phone calls i pinpointed it to the distributor shaft called the dealer had them send new one! installed and... Trouble codes: P1336
2002 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0L starter VIN: 1FTYR44V82
hello everyone this is a 02 ford ranger 3.o engine code "U" just out of the blue it will not crank the dash lite s up and the warning lites come but NO CRANK like it s in drive or something yes I made sure i tryed it in "N" and nothing . I also scanned the vec...
2003 Ford E-250 4.2L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTNS242X3
THis is one of those customers who takes great care of his vehicles. Very meticulous with the operation of his cars/van. Complaint is that this van is getting 70 miles less per tank of gas than before we tuned it up. Kmowing the customer, I believe him without... Trouble codes: P1270
1997 Mercury Mountaineer 5.0L ABS pump VIN: 4M2DU55P8V
This is a strange one. I suspect a bad ABS pump, but before I buy one, I could use input. Brakes on this mountaineer are all new front and rear. Good piston in calipers, good slides, brakes bleed out great. No codes are set for ABS. Unplugging ABS pump, we hav...

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1998 Ford Contour LX 2.5L rear brake VIN: 1FAFP66L2W
Thank you all for your help. I was finally able to get car back into shop for a better look. The leading shoe on the left drum was defective. When I disassembled to inspect the backing plates(as some of you suggested) I noticed that the shoe was not mounted a...
2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNX21F1Y
thank you for the replies.sorry it took so long.we ended up getting a harness repair kit from an international dealer.repair kit fairly inexpensive as compared to replacing the whole harness.thanks again for your help. Trouble codes: P1316.
2001 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAP11321R
Most replies suggested that a bad IAC would cause stalling. My customers main concern and my question was would the Variable Cam timing control cause a stalling problem? Several replies as well as a call to the local Ford Dealer confirmed what I had suspected,... Trouble codes: 1380 (vct control), 1383 (vct control).
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6L 1st Gear VIN: 1FMZU63W32
Thanks to everyone for the replies. Seems the repair DVD is not really clear about the way the fluid is supposed to "Dribble" out when the level is correct. I added in two quarts of fluid from the fill plug on the side of the transmission, and the next morni...
1997 Lincoln Continental Spinmaker Edition 4.6L Cooling Fans VIN: 1LNLM97V4V
i fellow iatn staff and thanks for all your support, once we replace the high fan relay eay and bleeding the cooling system the fas ran o.k. have not heard again from customer, thanks again for all your help.
1993 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3L Blower Motor VIN: 2MEPM36X8P
Thanks to all who replied. As several pointed out the low speed wire from the resistor to ground shares the load-I did replace the burned ground wire from the blower switch w/a 12ga wire and grounded it to the original g200 ground location behind the cig. ligh...
1999 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L No Start VIN: 3MEFM6530X
I'm such a fool. I know when I look at "The Fix" I don't always read all the detail so I will fill in the detail after. The problem WAS water getting into the cylinders and fouling the plugs. What fooled us was the engine never overheated, not even a lit...
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