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1987 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 2ETCF15N6H
Problem began with a no start & customer said that he used a screwdriver to cross the small solinoid termial to the larger battery terminal to activate the starter with the key on to start engine several times. He decided to install a new Starter solinoid on f...
1992 Ford Taurus LX 3.8L Surge, Stall VIN: 1FALP5348N
Car blew head gasket and replaced. Car has instant surge about 10-15 seconds after cold start then almost dies or dies. engine light blinks 3 rapid blinks then turns off. car runs fine after,never dies after early morning start.no codes present.checked tsb and...
1995 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L No Start VIN: 1FMDU34X4S
The customer droped off the Explorer at our shop and told us that it has an intermittent no start aftter he drives it and stops at a store and trys to restart it will crank but not start i have tested the fuel pump and tested crank sensor and spark It has acte...
1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Timing Chain VIN: 1FTZX1769W
Just a short question for a Sunday afternoon, do you need the cam positioning tool to properly time this engine? Mitchel 1 gives a picture of the sprockets and it's pretty vaugue. The chain has two copper links that coincide with the timing marks, but Mitchel ...
1999 Ford Ranger XL 2.5L Misfire VIN: 1FTYR14C3X
truck has misfire at idle when cold and after decel. misfire is isolated to cyl #1. it is a dead miss. it will clear out and run better after reaching full engine temp. driven long enough, the misfire will completely go away. fuel press is 65 psi, compression ... Trouble codes: P0301 (cyl 1 misfire)
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty Harley-Davidson Edition 6.0L Cluster VIN: 1FTNW21P84
Hello fellow techs, troublesome f-250 diesel. Customer came in with complaint of no cluster functions. Found #45 fuse blown under dash. Someone had been digging around through the pins on the fuse port, i guess you call it. We removed the box and it did not oh...
1993 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L Mechanical VIN: 1LNLM81W9P
hello all, I need your help. I removed the heads due to blown gaskets. The heads were surfaced but the customer declined to have the valves done. My problem is after I installed everything, the cams chain ect. the engine just spins with no compression. I folle...
1998 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, idle speed too fast VIN: 1MEFM13P5W
The idle speed went back up after a second road test. We had a Scanner hooked up in the bay at idle and the TPS voltage increased from .89-.99 & RPM went from 800 to 2000, with no accessories on or cooling fan. The fan did not affect the RPM when cycling. Turn... Trouble codes: P1120 (Replaced the TPS)
1999 Mercury Cougar 2.5L battery, abs, and other indicators lights came on VIN: 1ZWHT61L5X
Vehicle came in with complaint that battery, abs and other indicator lights had come on. Customer stated that they have come on twice and later went back off. Code history shows both b1317 and b1318 low and high battery voltage and a p049 fuel sensor fault.Eve...
1999 Mercury Villager Estate 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 4M2XV11T3X
Hello all, This villager came in with a p0303 code origanilly, replaced #3inj , no miss or code returning. Now have a lopeing/surging idle hot. what's confusing[if I'm reading the modis scanner right] is ST fuel trims are -20 to -25 but the O2 sensors are show...

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1996 Ford E-150 Econoline 5.8L alarm VIN: 1FDEE14HOT
Horn contacts in steering wheel are bad. Thanks for all the help
1999 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L odometer VIN: 2FTRX18W3X
The consensus was that the two problems were not connected and this has been proven to be the case. A new cluster and a new trans OD solenoid solved the problems. Many thanks to those who gave their time to help me with this problem.
2000 Ford Explorer XLS 5.0L Misfire VIN: 1FMZU72X1Y
thank you to all that replied the fix was to replace the intake manifold gaskets the replacement gaskets {aftermarket) are a different design to prevent the gaskets from swelling and lifting the manifold at the water ports the causing a vacuum leak Trouble codes: P0303.
2002 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Hesitation, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FAFP42XO2
thanks to all of you it was the alternator,.simple test to verify is to disconnect alternator check scan tool for cam signal yes or no.also no more back fire ...new expensive alternator and she's good to go ...i suppose if a guy were to separate the cam sensor... Trouble codes: P0340 (Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction).
2002 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Door locks/shift interlock/gauges VIN: 2FMZA51412
Most of the help I received suggested fixes I had already tried. The two problems are related and I'm sending this to the dealer(if the customer will go?)for a scan and a new front electronic module. Suggestions included checking for broken wiring in the doo...
2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FAHP71W13
This one ended being being a bad coil on #8 and a rocker arm on #2 cylinder off. The Ecm does shut off the injector pulse on a misfiring cylinder and will set a primary, secondary code for a mechanical issue. Thanks for the help guys! Trouble codes: P0302 (Cyl. 2 missfire), P0352 (Ig. coil b fault).
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.0L No Start VIN: 1F23696948
Thanks everyone for the replies. We ended up replaceing the pcm with a reman unit and reprogramming the pcm and the new ficm. Thanks again for the help.
1991 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L Power steering VIN: 1LNCM81W8M
This one was fixed by replacing the pump. I also replaced the EVO control module with a used one, and the actuator is now getting a signal and working. An item in the archives referred to using the correct fluid. I found that the power steering fluid I normal...
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