A malfunctioning battery or charging system in a car can create an array of symptoms: no starts, electronics malfunctions and complete vehicle shutdown are just basic examples of what a malfunctioning battery can do to a vehicle. All three versions of the 3.0-liter V-6 in the base model, as well as the 3.4-liter V-8 in the 1999 Taurus SHO utilize the same battery sizes. The 1999 Ford Taurus uses a standard 36-series battery, but has the option of a 34-series, as well. Proper protective equipment is essential to performing this project in a safe manner.
The idle air control (IAC) valve on a modern car maintains the engine idle when the throttle is closed. Used by all manufacturers, the IAC valve was replaced when electronic throttle bodies and drive-by-wire systems began to proliferate in the mid to late 2000s. Over time, a IAC can degrade or become fouled with oxidation, thus requiring cleaning or replacement. If you own a Windstar, a minivan made by Ford from 1995 to 2003, you may need to change the IAC.
The Ford 500 sold from 2005 to 2007 and came with options for two different transmissions. One was a six-speed automatic transmission installed in the SEL and Limited front-drive models, but the other was a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, used in the SE front-drive model and in all of the all-wheel drive Ford 500s, as well as in all of the Ford Freestyle crossovers. This was an unusual choice of transmission for Ford's big flagship sedans for a number of reasons.
Introduced in 1995, the Contour was Ford Motor Company's first effort in designing a car for multiple markets around the world, without making any major modifications. The Ford Contour exhibited driving characteristics of a European car because of its "spirited performance." This spirited performance was also characteristic of the Contour's mechanical twin, the Mercury Mystique. Designed by Ford's European division, Ford's intent was to build a small family sedan, which drove like a sports car. Regardless of its appeal, several issues plagued the Ford Contour.
Installing a radio with a CD player in your Ford Aerostar Van is a fairly simple procedure if you have the proper tools. Before installing the new radio, you must first remove the old one which is secured to the Aerostar by a series of screws. Once those screws are taken out, you can remove the old radio and install the new one very easily. The entire replacement procedure only takes twenty minutes to complete.
Ford began manufacturing the Explorer in 1990 in place of the Bronco. As of 2011, the sport utility vehicle continues to be one of the company's strongest sellers. When troubleshooting a '91 Ford Explorer, there are certain trouble areas of note to observe in addition to the standard practice of checking the belts, hoses and fluid levels. In particular, the rear-window wiper, power-steering pump and A/C couplings are special areas of concern.
The Ford Mustang, a two-door muscle car, was introduced in 1964. Despite being the "longest surviving of the affordable breed of classic American muscle cars" according to Edmunds.com, the Mustang is not exempt from problems. In particular, multiple Mustang model years suffer from seat belt restraint problems.
The Ford Focus, a compact car, was introduced in 1999. If you own an older model Focus that is approaching 100,000 miles, there are several potential problems to look out for. Each of these issues is detailed in the maintenance section of the Focus owner's manual.
Ford first made its Expedition sport-utility vehicles, also branded as Lincoln Navigator, in 1997, at the company's Wayne, Michigan, plant. It continued to make them there until the end of 2008. That's when the American auto giant shifted production of the full-size cabin truck to its Louisville, Kentucky, facility, where it remains in March 2011.
The Ford Escort was introduced to North America in 1991 as the company's first "world car" after being sold in a number of other countries since 1968. If you own an Escort and are experiencing problems with your transmission, it's better to define the problem before taking it to a mechanic.
The Ford Ranger was first introduced in 1983. It is a compact two-door pickup truck. It was also marketed as a Mazda B-series truck internationally. The truck came with either an inline-four engine or an optional V-6. The best way to start troubleshooting a car is by performing a thorough maintenance on the vehicle.
Ford transmissions are subject to the same sorts of failures as any other transmissions. Soft shifting as the result of slipping clutches and low fluid pressure is a fairly common problem with transmissions, and may be easier to fix than you think.
The 1996 Ford Windstar LX came equipped with a 3.8 liter six cylinder engine. This passenger minivan also came with several different standard features including passenger seating for seven, 15 inch alloy wheels, two-tone paint, power brakes, cruise control, a power driver's seat, power steering, air conditioning, a rear window wiper, power door locks, four wheel anti-lock brakes and tinted glass. Because the Windstar is made with so many different parts it can be tough to find a problem with the van when it isn't functioning properly. One way to troubleshoot the Windstar is by looking at manufacturer recall information…
The Suzuki DR-Z400S comes equipped with a digital speedometer display. By default, it displays the bike's speed, but you can change the functions on the display to show other useful information, such as a timer, clock and two different trip meters. Use the push buttons under the display to change the functions.
Determining why a vehicle is difficult to shift can be a fairly complicated process. Shifting problems are almost always caused by problems with your vehicle's electronics or its transmission, both of which can be expensive and time consuming to repair. Certain factors affect your ability to diagnose your 2009 Ford F-150's shifting problems, including your automotive experience and the diagnostic equipment you have available. Figuring out why your vehicle is having shifting problems is the first step in getting your truck back on the road.
The vast majority of the consistent problems associated with Ford Rangers revolve around issues such as exterior lighting, vehicle speed control and tire integrity. Emissions do not regularly receive attention. However, this doesn't mean the Ranger won't experience an emissions problem.
Introduced in 1989, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a coupe manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. Owners commonly report sunroof-related problems with the Mitsubishi Eclipse, but these issues can often be resolved with a little time and detective work.
The Ford Focus, a compact car available in a manual or automatic transmission with a 2-liter engine, was introduced in 1999. Despite its affordability, Auto Beef reports that 2000 to 2003 Focus models are "clunkers" due to their numerous mechanical problems, which include automatic transmission issues.
Launched in 1989 by Nissan Motor Company of Japan, the Infinity brand of cars are designed to be a luxury version of the cars manufactured by Nissan. While the cars are known for the same level of quality that is associated with Nissan, they do from time to time suffer from an idling problem. Typically, the issue is either the engine is idling too high or too low.
The 2001 Ford F-250 came equipped with a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine. The XL regular cab was manufactured with many standard features including bench front seats, front cup holders, power steering, 16-inch wheels, vinyl floor coverings, cargo tie-downs and a mast antenna. Because the Ford F-250 truck is built with numerous parts it can be tough to find the source of problems with the truck's operations. One method to troubleshoot the F-250 truck is to apply some general troubleshooting techniques.
The Ford Mustang, a sport performance coupe available with a V6 or V8 engine, was introduced in 1964. Edmunds.com reports that the Mustang is the only original American muscle car to have a continuous production run. Despite its longevity, the Mustang is not exempt from problems. In particular, the 2001 model suffers from a number of electrical problems.
The Ford Bronco is a sport utility vehicle that was designed primarily for off-roading. The original Bronco was made in 1966, and the model underwent three redesigns over the course of its production, which ended in 1996.
Several things can cause a fuel pump to begin to fail, such as electrical problems which can prevent an adequate amount of voltage from flowing through the circuit that supplies power to the fuel pump. The failing fuel pump can then cause other problems that vehicle owners should be aware of.
Over the years, airbags have become standard in newly manufactured vehicles. These highly intricate systems are tested thoroughly before being implemented or installed within a vehicle, making sure that passengers will be safe if they need to deploy.
The base model 1994 Ford Aerostar came equipped with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine. The van included many different standard features, including a driver front airbag, tinted glass, power brakes, 14-inch wheels, rear wheel anti-lock brakes, vinyl seating, bucket seats and power steering. Because the Aerostar is built with so many different parts and components, it can be difficult to know what needs to be repaired or replaced when you are troubleshooting the vehicle. One method to use to properly troubleshoot the van is to examine the manufacturer's recall information.
Ford Explorers sometimes have trouble starting, although the vehicles are not particularly prone to such an issue. A number of problems could be to blame if the Explorer will not start These problems are generally classed into three areas.
The Ford Escape has an adjustable door lock setting known as "Autolock" or "Autounlock." The Autolock feature automatically locks the doors when you reach 12 miles per hour. The Autounlock feature automatically unlocks the doors when you place the gear shift in park. Performing the adjustment activates the feature if it is deactivated. If it is already activated, performing the adjustment deactivates the feature.
The 1999 Lincoln Town Car comes equipped with a 4.6 liter, eight cylinder engine. It has numerous standard features and equipment, including an anti-theft alarm system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, power steering, power windows, power locks, self leveling suspension and front side airbags. The Town Car is comprised of many parts, systems and components. The complexity of the car can make it difficult to determine what is causing a particular problem with the vehicle when you try to troubleshoot it. One method to properly troubleshoot the Town Car is to notice how the car feels as you…
The Ford Escape is a compact sport utility vehicle first manufactured in 2001. Like any vehicle, the Escape may develop some transmission problems including fluid leaks, erratic shifting and outright transmission failure. However, there are some troubleshooting techniques that can remedy these problems. These techniques can save you money in the long run, helping you avoid expensive trips to the garage.
The Ford Bronco was first manufactured in 1966. The Bronco II was built from 1984 until 1990 at Ford's Louisville, Kentucky plant. The 1986 Bronco II was offered as an Eddie Bauer edition. This edition included more standard features than the traditional Bronco II sold that year. The Bronco II is made up of several different parts, components and systems, which can make it difficult to troubleshoot. One way to troubleshoot problems you are having with your Bronco II is to watch for how the vehicle feels as you operate it.
The Windstar is a family mini-van manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Reports concerning dome light problems in the Windstar are found on many car review websites including Edmunds. The dome light illuminates the interior of the Windstar. Reported dome light problems range from bulb problems to major wiring problems.
The Ford Explorer -- introduced in 1991 -- is available in 2011 as a crossover-SUV featuring a six-speed, automatic transmission. The Explorer has gone through many incarnations through the years, but several problems persist. Numerous Explorers suffer from heating problems.
The transmission on your Ford Fusion can have problems if it is not maintained properly. It is important to check the fluid and replace it when necessary. Sometimes you might have problems with the transmission just because it is low on fluid. There are a few things you can troubleshoot before you take it to the shop for repairs.
Introduced in 1983, the Ford Ranger has been one of America's most popular compact pickup trucks. The 1988 Ranger introduced a new ground effects package and was available in automatic and manual transmission. Despite its solid features, the 1988 model suffered from several fuel problems.
Introduced in 1997, the Ford Expedition is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) with four-wheel drive. The 1999 Expedition contains a four-speed, automatic engine and has off-road and tow capabilities. Despite its numerous features, the 1999 Expedition suffers from several electrical problems, including a faulty odometer.
The 360 cubic-inch V-8 engine was produced by Ford from 1968 through the 1976 model-year. Ford used it exclusively in their truck line. Like all other Ford engines of the time, the 360 featured a camshaft and a crankshaft that rotated in unison by way of a timing chain. At the front of the camshaft was a gear that interlocked with a gear on the bottom of the distributor. The gear caused the distributor to rotate in unison with the camshaft. However, the distributor must be properly positioned, a process commonly referred to as "timing."
Introduced in 1997 for the Ford Motor Company's F-Series of pickups, the 5.4-liter V-8, called the Triton, is part of the American automaker's family of "modular" engines. The 5.4-liter V-8 also appears in other Ford vehicles such as the Expedition full-size SUV and its luxury-oriented sibling, the Lincoln Navigator. Despite its notoriety for Ford's ability to manufacture it in varying valve configurations -- thus the "modular" nickname -- the 5.4-liter Triton has had its share of problems since its debut.
Vehicle engines normally have around 150 lbs. of compression. Each cylinder should have close to the same compression levels. Proper compression will result in an automobile that starts and runs well. Low compression, however, indicates problems within your engine that need to be addressed.
The fuel panel on a 1994 Ford Aerostar is located underneath the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle. It is mounted directly behind the hood latch. It contains all of the accessory fuses along with a fuse puller to remove the fuses from the panel. When a fuse burns out, its associated component will stop working until the fuse is replaced. Replacement fuses are available from auto-parts and hardware stores.
The Ford Focus is a car that has been available in the United States since the late 90's. Since then, owners have shared common issues with it, along with suitable fixes. Contact switches, fuel gauges, and brake pedals are all parts that have caused repair issues for Ford Focus drivers.
The Mercury Sable, a mid-size luxurious sedan produced from 1985 to 2005, then 2007 to 2009 by the Ford Motor Company through its Mercury division, has never had the best reliability record in the automobile market. Among the several common problems associated with the vehicle are issues with its transmission.
The rack and pinion steering system on a1990 Ford Festiva is comprised of a shaft in the steering column which is coupled to a gear, called a pinion. This pinion in turn sits on a geared shaft, called a rack, which moves back and forth as the pinion rotates, steering the wheels. On the ends of the rack, two spring-loaded components called inner tie rods allow for the up and down motion of the wheels.
Ford's 289-cubic-inch V-8 is the second engine in the 90-degree V-8 series of engines, which began with the 221-cubic-inch V-8 in 1962. The 221 was followed by the 260 in 1963. Ford increased the stroke of the 260 to 3 inches to make the 289 in 1964. The other engines in the 90-degree V-8 series are the 302 and 351W. The 289 was produced from 1964 to 1968. The timing procedure for the 289 will work on any of the other 90-degree V-8 engines.
Toyota pickup trucks have long enjoyed a reputation of reliability and long-lasting performance. However, that doesn't mean the vehicles are problem-free. Particularly due to computer sensors integrated into the engine systems, Toyota trucks suffer idling issues like many other car brands.
The Chevy Suburban is a large SUV that has had technical service bulletins (TSB) and reports from consumers about the 4X4 switch failing or the 4x4 not engaging when the switch is flipped. Complaints and TSBs range from electrical problems with the switch to major transmission problems.
The 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid is a compact four-door SUV powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity. The 2006 model belongs to the first generation of the Ford Escape Hybrid line. The 2006 Escape Hybrid features a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine as well as a 50-kilowatt electric motor. This hybrid SUV is available with front- or all-wheel drive options. Though the Escape Hybrid gets as much as 36 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel drive model, it has also been subject to a few noteworthy problems.
Ford's 1999 Explorer was sold with a number of door locking options including a remote entry system that allows you to lock or unlock all of the vehicle doors without a key. The SUV was also sold with standard power door locks. Both systems are dependent on power being supplied. Power circuits on Fords are protected with fuses. Problems locking a 1999 Ford Explorer door can be related to power, the remote control, the key pad and fuses. These kinds of problems can be rectified by following some troubleshooting steps.
It's the dreaded light no driver ever wants to see --- the "Check Engine" light on your dashboard. If this light comes on in your Taurus, have it checked by a professional as soon as possible. Failing to do so could result in more damage than you bargained for.
While many Ford vehicles are acclaimed for their affordability, performance and reliability, several of Ford's models have become recognized for having electrical problems. The Ford Explorer, Focus and Ranger have a history of electrical system issues.
Ford four-wheel-drive (4WD) systems allow a vehicle's engine to send power to all four wheels, instead of the front wheels or rear wheels only. Many 4WD vehicles can be switched back and forth between rear-wheel drive using a switch or a gear lever in the cab. Some require lock-out devices on the front hubs to be turned manually to engage four-wheel drive.
Auto manufacturing giant Ford released the Explorer in the early 1990s to meet consumer demand for sports utility vehicles. Like all vehicles, sometimes mechanical problems can arise that can hamper performance. If you own a 2001 Explorer that won't idle, there may be a few culprits to consider when figuring out the problem.
Recall data and consumer complaint information show that the 1999 Ford Expedition, a sport utility vehicle, was susceptible to brake problems specific to technical issues, including problems with the antilock brake system. Such issues led to an early recall of the vehicle in 1998.
Ford Expeditions are sport-utility vehicles that often experience problems with their anti-lock brake systems. Ford Motor Company recalled Expedition models in 1998, and again in 2007, due to faulty ABS technology.
The Escape is a compact SUV manufactured by Ford since 2001. According to the AutoBeef website, the most frequent complaint by Ford Escape owners involves problems with the transmission. Though transmission problems can result in an expensive replacement, the issue may involve a simpler repair.
The Ford Edge is a sport utility vehicle that is associated with braking problems. According to the AutoBeef website, braking problems were the second-most complained about issue that owners reported with their 2007 Ford Edges.
For an engine to work, it must be properly turned over to start the motor. There must be enough fuel to feed the engine cylinders and there must be a spark at the correct moment. The engine valves should open at the correct time and there should be proper compression in the cylinders. If you are having engine problems, it is likely that one of these steps is being interrupted.
The worst electrical problems your Ford Explorer can experience are related to engine performance. It is best to locate and repair such problems before attempting to perform any unnecessary repairs on your Explorer's engine.
Americans love their big, fuel-inefficient cars, it seems, but there has always been a group of devotees to smaller cars. The Ford Festiva is one of those unlikely vehicles that has developed a sizable following, thanks to its fuel-sipping engine and surprisingly robust (though frugal) construction. The Festiva is also affordable, making it an easy choice for shoppers on a budget.
Cruise control can be a great feature on a vehicle, unless it does not work properly or causes other problems with the car. The Ford Escape SUV has a history of cruise control system problems. Parts of the cruise control system for the 2001 through 2004 Ford Escape have been recalled by Ford. Several problems can occur with the Escape's cruise control system.
A transmission is a vital piece of equipment on the Ford Explorer. The automatic transmission performs the job of shifting the gears, while a manual transmission gives the driver the responsibility to shift gears when necessary. While most vehicles come equipped with an automatic transmission, the manual transmission is making a bit of a comeback and is much more preferred in faster cars to allow the driver to have full control of the vehicle.
Your Ford Probe's wiring harness is a major component of its electrical system. A malfunctioning or damaged wiring harness can cause problems with several different aspects of your car's electrical system. There are several things to be on the look out for if you suspect your wiring harness has been damaged or is no longer functioning properly.
The Taurus is a midsize car that was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It originally debuted in 1986 and enjoyed several years in the '90s as the best selling car in the U.S. Ford has issued a few recalls of the Taurus, with the seat belts being one known issue.
The one-cylinder Go Kart engine is simple to work on, only requiring simple hand tools. But the repair work must be precise due to the tight tolerances the 65 to 250cc engines must operate within. These types of engines are designed to run at high rpm for prolonged sessions, forcing many parts like the piston, head gasket, spark plug, cam and even the walls of the cylinder to wear quickly. Troubleshooting the repair will require a sound understanding of engine dynamics -- the cause and symptoms of engine issues.
The Ford Expedition 4-Wheel Drive model has had several recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs) issued for problems such as tire tread defects and problems with the stability/traction control indicator. These Expedition problems affect the handling and control of this model, creating potential accident situations.
The Ford Ranger truck is noted as having electrical problems ever since its debut in 1983. Through the years of manufacture, many of those early Ranger models provided electrical concerns for the consumer. The 1999 Ford Ranger is reported as having the most problems, with subsequent years beyond 2001 seeing fewer problems.
Buying a used 4x4 is similar to buying other used cars, but the additional features of a four-wheel drive requires a more thorough inspection. Not only do four-wheel drives have additional equipment to inspect, they are often subjected to more strenuous use.
The 1994 Ford Aerostar has more than 70 technical service bulletins (TSBs) on the van, and some of these bulletins concern engine compression problems. A TSB is published by the manufacturer and sent to the Ford dealership maintenance departments informing them of problems found in a vehicle. Compression problems in the Aerostar can be determined when the Ford begins to idle roughly, misses during operation or has problems with the engine turning over.
If you own a Ford Taurus, it is a good idea to purchase the owner's manual for your vehicle. It will assist you with diagnosing problems that may occur. Having this knowledge will help you diagnose issues with your Ford Taurus and avoid costly trips to auto shops.
Though it uses the same frame as Mazda's Tribute, the Ford Explorer has experienced a broader owner response about a variety of issues. Owners of the 1997 Ford Explorer report shifting problems, including an inability to shift or drive in reverse, slipping torque converters and transfer-case issues.
Maintaining your Ford Focus' suspension system is important for all driving conditions, especially over rough roads. Proper suspension also offers you a smooth driving experience. Uncomfortable rides over normal roads is an indicator of suspension problems.
Problems with your Ford Focus' transmission may be difficult to diagnose and correct at home. There are a few indicators of transmission faults that you must consider. Certain repair procedures may be done at home, while others must be done by professionals.
The idle air control valve on the 2001 Ford Windstar can be found on the top of the upper intake manifold next to the throttle body. It is one of the few idle air control valves that cannot be cleaned but must be replaced when it stops working. The idle air adjusts the idle speed in fuel-injected vehicles, including the Ford Windstar. The power control module (PCM) sends a duty signal to the idle air to tell it how much to open to allow air to bypass the throttle plate so the vehicle can maintain idle speed.
As the brake lights of your 1997 Ford Explorer make an essential contribution to the overall safety of your vehicle, it is important for them to be working at all times. Three main reasons for any light on your vehicle not working are loose wires, burned-out bulbs and broken fuses. All three issues have simple solutions that only require the use of a socket wrench and a replacement bulb.
The once popular 1989 Ford F250 was designed with a twin gas tank. Even die-hard Ford fans had trouble swallowing all the recalls because of problems with the axillary tanks from that year. Ford took responsibility, and acted to fix the problems with assembly that were not caught during production.
Your 1994 Ford Aerostar's headlights may fail to work for one of several reasons. The three most common causes of headlight failure include loose wiring, burnt-out bulbs and broken fuses. You can address all three afflictions using simple solutions that require only a screwdriver to perform. The headlights on your Aerostar should always work, as they make an important contribution to your safety.
The Contour was produced by Ford from 1995 until 2000. This mid-range sedan was designed to be easy to export, with only minor changes from region to region. However, each year brought its own issues with the vehicle, and some problems have occurred more frequently in certain years, which can range from engine to electrical to the ergonomic. MSN Auto gives approximate repair costs for the Contour, but these do not include diagnostics or state taxes.
Despite its strong retail numbers, the Ford Motor Company's Explorer line of sport utility vehicles has been plagued with frequent recalls and service bulletins. Ford subsequently offered to replace the faulty sensors in 1998 Ford Explorers at no cost to consumers, if they responded to the company's notices in a timely manner.
The 2000 Ford Windstar 3.8L has 11 recalls on the van and three of these recalls deal with electrical problems. Carcomplaints.com reports additional electrical problems with the Windstar: everything from complete dashboard or gauge failure to speed control modules catching on fire. These electrical failures create other major problems with the 2000 Windstar.
The 2005 Ford Mustang is a popular sports coupe, but owners of the vehicle have reported a variety of noise problems that occur during operation. These noise problems range from a creaking noise heard when turning the Mustang to squeaking and chirping noises coming from the car's tie-rod bushings and camshaft, respectively.
The Taurus, a midsize passenger vehicle, has exhibited some brake problems, some of which have led to the Ford Motor company recalling the vehicle to correct the problem. In addition to the brake problems that have led to recalls, consumers have also made other complaints about the brakes on the Ford Taurus.
The Ford 350 diesel has been recalled for many problems over the years including a massive 1.1 million truck recall in 2008 for engine camshaft problems. The recalls for the Ford 350 diesel have dealt with everything from battery problems to transmission problems, but none of these recalls were widespread.
Between 1990 and 2009, the Ford Ranger's worst year for complaints was 1999, with 55 validated major complaints, according to the Ford Problems website. Its best year--with the least amount of complaints--was in 1992, with one major complaint. The 1988 Ford Ranger received 16 major complaints: seven engine problems, seven fuel delivery system problems, two electrical problems and problems with inoperable headlights.
The 1997 Ford Explorer has 12 recalls, but none have dealt with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) problems some Explorer owners have experienced. According to Carcomplaints.com, the '97 Explorer ABS brakes remain on at all times, even when the brakes are not being used.
Beginning in 1990, the Ford Motor Company began producing the Explorer, a mid-sized sport utility vehicle. The Explorer was originally built as a replacement for the Ford Bronco II and helped define the SUV as one of the most popular types of vehicles on the road. The 1997 Ford Explorer has, however, been associated with several problems and issues.
The Ford Explorer has been around since 1990 and, because of its popularity, will likely be around for a long time to come. Considering this lengthy history, you would think that the Explorer would be relatively defect-free. However, due to Ford's tendency to modify the vehicle's system, there will always be problems with these adjustments. Because the 2005 Ford Explorer is a fairly new model, it does have some issues, and one of these is the transmission.
Several acceleration issues can occur with the Ford Mustang. Some indicate that your vehicle needs routine maintenance while other issues are symptoms of major malfunctions with the car. Troubleshooting acceleration problems can take time but may save you money on repair bills by helping you determine what is wrong ahead of time.
According to the Center for Auto Safety (CAS), Ford Mustang models built between 1984 and 1994 featured several problems. Some of the problems initiated recalls that affected millions of Mustangs. Ford addressed recurring problems that did not affect safey or emissions in its Technical Service Bulletins (TSB). According to the BetaEdmunds website, all TSBs included illustrated instructions on how to repair the problem. These bulletins appled only when the vehicle had an active warranty. Thus, a TSB offers protection only when the warranty is good and a recall runs as long as the problem exists.
Since the introduction of the Ford Focus in 2000, this small- to medium-size vehicle has been a top seller for the Ford Motor Company. No major problems or complaints have been made about the Focus, with the exception of the brake rotors, and no major recalls have been made on the Focus. Some Ford Focus owners have complained about the sunroof.
The Ford F series trucks are a Ford Motor Company staple, having rolled off the assembly line since 1948. As of 2010, the Ford F-150 has remained one of the best-selling trucks in America since the 1970s. Even with this impressive track record, the F-150 has exhibited some problems, several of which have occurred in the moonroof of the 2001 model.
The 2002 Ford Ranger 4WD has had at least three documented problems, all of which led to recalls. If you are unsure if your Ranger has had the necessary work done to avoid these, check with your local Ford dealership.
Ford offered the 2004 Ranger pickup truck with an optional five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Problems with the automatic transmission can stem from five areas. These areas are: (1) transmission fluid, (2) shift linkage adjustment, (3) mechanical malfunction, (4) electrical or electronic cliches, and (5) an engine problem. Typical problems in each area are described below.
Ford used Firestone as the tire provider for its Explorer since the Explorer debuted in 1991. In 2000, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted Ford and Firestone and expressed concern that the rollover rate in Explorers fitted with Firestone tires was high. Investigation subsequently disclosed that both Ford and Firestone had prior knowledge of these issues but chose not to disclose the problems.
Ford has manufactured vehicles for more than 100 years. Although automobile manufacturing becomes much more efficient as years pass, there are still many errors that occur throughout the process. Many problems result in recalls. One such area is power seating, which has seen multiple recalls over the years.
Safety is a big issue in cars. While driving at high speeds on roadways, drivers want to know they are safe in their vehicle and have a low potential for a crash or serious injury. The 1993 Ford Ranger had many problems and several recalls for faulty equipment. While many people were satisfied with their Ford Rangers, others faced the problems described in the recalls; Ford had to reimburse these customers for equipment or have it repaired altogether.
The Ford Focus is a sedan or hatchback made by the Ford Motor Company that is known for having good gas mileage, but also a decent amount of power and speed when it is driven. However, like any automobile on the road, it has run into a few mechanical problems or issues, which can be sometimes covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
All engines at one time or another will have idle problems; Ford engines can have idle stumbling, surges and stall-outs, no matter what make and year. Engines should run smooth and evenly when at idle, never fluctuating in rpm or dying. Such symptoms have to be checked out, determining which vehicle components might be at fault through a process of elimination. Some obvious culprits of rough engine idle should be checked out before other systems. The average vehicle owner can find and repair such problems by knowing what circuits and components control the idle quality.
The 2010 Ford Fusion earned a number of impressive accolades, including a 9.3 rating from U.S. News Rankings & Reviews and the title of Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Even with the favorable reviews, however, potential owners must become familiar with all drawbacks as well.
Ford has manufactured vehicles for over 100 years. Being one of the pioneers in the industry, they continue to maintain their top spot and still manufacture the world's best-selling vehicle model---the Ford F-Series. These pickup trucks have changed in design over the years, but since the 1990s have been available in several models---such as the F-150, F-250, and F-350. Diesel versions of the trucks are manufactured as well. The downside to using modern technology in vehicles is that sometimes problems occur, resulting in multiple recalls, such as in the case of the Ford F-250 diesel truck.
People rely heavily on their car's performance and take comfort in knowing that when they leave for work in the morning the car will start. This, however, is not always the case and cars are notorious for failing to start when we least expect it. Regular servicing and maintenance can prevent this problem to a large degree, but wear and tear will eventually break some part of your car, preventing it from starting.
The 1995 Ford Taurus has been recalled for six different problems, the brakes, speed control, frame structure and engine fan included. But none of the recalls has been for the transmission. There have, however, been some common complaints about transmission problems with this model year.
The 1995 Ford Explorer has several recalls on the vehicle as of 2010; Explorer owners should check with their local dealership to ensure these recalls no longer apply to their vehicle. Ford has recalled the Explorer for problems with the headlights, the suspension and the hatchback lift support, as well as other items such as the factory tires and front air bags. Unfortunately, none of these recalls have dealt with the transmission problems many Explorer owners have complained about.
The 1998 Ford Expedition was the second year of the Expedition model, which continues to release new full-size SUVs as of 2011. Registered owner complaints include engine problems, suspension and transmission problems, accessories issues and electrical problems, among other issues.
The problem that seems to occur most frequently with a Ford Escape engine is that it has to be replaced long before it has racked up a sufficient number of miles to warrant doing so. Most consumers report that the problem with the engine starts with a knocking sound that gets progressively worse, until finally the car just shuts off.
Determining the ignition problems with a Ford Explorer is a step-by-step process, but if a person is not mechanically inclined it is best that the Explorer be taken to a qualified Ford technician. The Ford Explorer starting problems can be caused by other components besides the ignition module or coil. Once the battery and starter have been checked and determined to be in good condition, then the ignition switch, module or coil need attention.
Ford is one of the most recognized automobile manufacturers in the world. Having been around for more than 100 years, it certainly knows what it takes to manufacture vehicles successfully. Although technology improves and vehicle manufacturing becomes more efficient yearly, mechanical issues still occur quite frequently. Recalls are commonplace for many models, as problems with vehicle parts and accessories sometimes pose potential dangers to drivers. Sometimes vehicles---such as the 1998 Ford Explorer---require several recalls.
Born in 1863, Henry Ford went on to become the founder of Ford Motor Company. Today, the company has manufactured millions of vehicles and continues to remain one of the most recognized automobile manufacturers in the world. Ford's F-series trucks are the most-popular selling vehicle model of all time. Although trucks are produced on a mass scale, there is still room for error as technological changes are continuously implemented in vehicles. Recalls related to problems with F-series trucks---such as those in the 1996 F-150---are common occurrences, but should be taken seriously.
Since 1903, Ford has been supplying drivers with reliable vehicles that are required to meet the standards of automobile safety. Although vehicle manufacturing has become much more efficient and technologically advanced, most makes and models are not without their problems. For several models---such as the 2005 Ford Freestyle---several recalls and vehicle-related problems occur in the years following their release.
The Ford Motor Company has been producing the best-selling mid-size Ford Taurus sedan since 1986. It has a few, albeit minor, common transmission problems to consider or watch out for.
Produced from 1995 to 2000, the Ford Contour--a compact four-door sedan--has a host of problems with its model-year entries. Among its main problematic components is its transmission.
The 1994 Ford Taurus was the second-generation of this popular mid-size sedan. Among the common mechanical problems that affect this vehicle is one that involves its four-speed automatic transmission.
Produced from 1994 to 2003, the Ford Windstar is a minivan from the Ford Motor Company. Its earlier model-year entries have significant problems concerning certain components of its transmission.
Starting problems in your 1995 Ford Probe can be caused by many different issues. The core symptoms include: cranking but not starting, no cranking and hard starting. All of these symptoms can be caused by several problems, and some of the symptoms share a common cause.
The Power Stroke diesel engine has been offered in heavy-duty Ford trucks since the 1994 model year. Originally built by Navistar International, the Power Stroke engine was offered as a 7.3-liter, then as a 6.0-liter, then a 6.4-liter. For the 2011 model year, Ford took over the Power Stroke program, offering a 6.7-liter diesel. The Power Stroke, despite a reputation for reliability and power, hasn't been free of its share of teething problems. Most are well documented, if not necessarily cheap to fix.
There are many things that can go wrong with your Ford Focus engine. Many common problems also trigger a "check engine" light to come on. The check engine light can alert you of various problems with the engine's sensors. However, some problems can be diagnosed without having to bother reading the trouble codes. While replacement parts can be purchased from most auto-parts stores, it's a good idea to figure out what's wrong with your engine first.
Your 1995 Ford Windstar's transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. If it is not functioning properly, then you will not be able to drive your vehicle (or driving will be difficult). Serious transmission problems are best-suited for an experienced and knowledgeable transmission specialist, since it requires specialized knowledge to work on the Windstar's transmission. However, there are a few ways you can diagnose a transmission problem on your Windstar at home.
The 1965 Ford Mustang's starting system consists primarily of three components: the battery, the starter solenoid and the starter motor. When the Mustang's ignition key is turned, the starter solenoid allows the power from the battery to reach the starter motor, which then engages with the flywheel to turn the engine. Troubleshooting this starting system is fairly simple due to its basic design, and requires systematically checking each component to determine the cause of the problem.
CD players have become standard in most modern automobiles. In fact, many cars now have CD players that accommodate multiple discs. While multi-CD players can be fun for long car trips and convenient for drivers, they can also be problematic. Ford has had issues with multi-CD players in several of its models.
According to Cars.com, the Ford Focus was the top selling small car. It quickly replaced the Ford Escort. Ford makes the four-door sedan, two-door hatchback, four-door wagon, and the four-door hatchback. The 2002 Ford Escort is the street version of the traditional style. This line includes a five-door hatchback style, which is a top seller in Europe. Unfortunately, some people have discovered some repair problems with these cars. Some common problems include the engine, brakes, and accessories.
Premature transmission problems in a vehicle can be costly, and not all are covered under the manufacturer's warranty. Certain vehicle makes and models--like the Ford Explorer--have experienced multiple issues with proper transmission function. As transmissions are complicated systems, problems can occur within one or more areas of a system's workings.
Ford vehicles use electric motors to turn the window regulator in models equipped with power windows. These motors can wear out, the fuses can blow, or other electrical problems could occur that can prevent the window from moving properly. Troubleshooting most Ford electric windows will take the average weekend mechanic about an hour.
All new Ford vehicles are equipped with standard CD players, which play an important part in keeping many drivers entertained, and add to comfort while on the road. Having good background music can improve your disposition during an otherwise aggravating car ride, and so problems with CD players can prove to be quite annoying. Unfortunately, Ford CD players are not immune to problems.
The Escape is a small SUV that American automaker Ford began producing in the 2001 model year. It has been a strong-selling model since its introduction, spawning several variants including a hybrid-electric version. However, with the Ford Escape owners and potential buyers should be aware of several common problems.
Ford's 6.8L (413 cubic inch, found in E-Series and F-Series trucks) V10 is part of the company's "modular" engine family (1991 to present), and represents the largest evolution of the design. One way to think of the V10 is as a 4.0L V6 with four extra cylinders or as a 5.4L V8 with two more cylinders.
Throughout the 2000s, the Ford Focus was the subject of several recalls. According to the Insideline website, there were eight recalls during the model's first year on the market alone. Ford officials deemed the reports as sufficient grounds for launching recalls between 2000 to 2009, for varying reasons.
The 1990 Ford Festiva was an inexpensive two-door sedan touted for its excellent gas mileage and low price. With a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Festiva didn't have very much power, but customers loved it for its reliability, safety and its kicky style. However, the car did have some problems related to comfort, handling and acceleration, as well as several recalls on various parts.
The Probe joined Ford's line of sport compact cars in 1989. Originally considered as a possible replacement for the Mustang, that idea was scrapped when Mustang fans began complaining about its lack of V8 engine and front-wheel drive. Motor Trend named it "Car of the Year" in 1993, the same year Ford revamped its model for the Probe.
If the power windows suddenly stop working on your 1999 Ford Windstar when it's raining, you could end up very wet. Because the power window module controls the windows on a Ford Windstar, it is the main point of failure for the system. It's difficult to know when the module will fail, and there is no set service life for the Windstar's power windows. Before replacing the module, try a few simple troubleshooting procedures.
Heaters in cars, including the Ford Taurus, use a combination of cool air from the outside and warm air from the engine to produce heat and circulate it throughout the car. Most of the operation is taken care of by the radiator, which manages the coolant used as a heat exchanger. Different problems can be caused by various malfunctions throughout the system.
Ford introduced its compact Focus in 1999, and the car immediately climbed its way to the top of the compact car ladder by the sheer force of its reasonable cost. As of March 2010, Ford had issued over 100 recalls and TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins, a memo noting known malfunctions) detailing the car's many minor faults. Some of these are covered by warranty, others are not.
Power door locks is a convenience in many cars today. Forty years ago, they were once a luxury feature and standard equipment on only a few Ford cars such as Lincolns, Mercury Grand Marquis and Thunderbird. The 1976 Mercury sales catalog lists power locks as an option on Cougar and Montego models. Power door locks can be a nuisance whenever they do not work well.
Most starting problems on your 1991 Ford Explorer can likely be traced to lack of vehicle maintenance or common wear of specific components: old and clogged air and fuel filters; loose or dirty battery and starting system connections; a failing battery, a bad starter solenoid, starter motor or ignition components. Whatever the situation, start your inspection with the simple and commonly overlooked causes of starting problems. Most often than not, this strategy will help you find and fix your Explorer starting problem sooner than you thought possible.
A ring and pinion problem on a Ford Expedition is usually caused from lack of oil due to a leak, either in the rear cover or at the pinion seal. It is possible to cause some damage to the ring and pinion if the vehicle is shifted from reverse to drive while moving backwards or vice versa. This puts severe stress on the gears. This type of problem can also be caused by a bearing failure due to either lack of oil or a poorly manufactured part. If a bearing fails, it will spread metal fillings throughout the housing and…
The Ford Windstar was introduced in the 1995 model year as Ford Motor Co.’s main minivan. The engine management system is computer controlled, based on input from various sensors. In the event one or more of these sensors malfunctions or reacts to a malfunction in a unit the sensor monitors, the Windstar will fail to perform optimally.
The Taurus is a mid-size sedan produced and sold by American automaker Ford Motor Company. Since its introduction in 1985, the Taurus has taken several forms and undergone significant redesigns. At one time the Taurus was one of the most popular cars in America before being eclipsed by import models. Although primarily known for its reliability and value, the Taurus also has been known to experience a variety of engine problems that owners and prospective buyers should be aware of.
The engine in your Ford vehicle can overheat if it is not supplied with enough coolant. Engine coolant, a combination of a special fluid and water, circulates through engine cooling chambers and works to cool your engine. If the coolant is not flowing through your engine, then your Ford engine can (and will) overheat. Before you have your Ford vehicle taken in for service, you need to diagnose the problem that is occurring.
The Ford Freestar uses electronically-controlled windows. These windows are controlled by a small motor instead of a manual crank. When the windows don't work, there are several potential problems that you can troubleshoot. Replacing the window control module and motor assembly should only be done after you've determined what the problem is. If a replacement window module is necessary, it can be purchased from most auto parts stores.
In 2000, the Ford Explorer, a multi-passenger sports utility vehicle (SUV), and the Firestone tire company made national news after a series of unexplained highway rollover accidents claimed hundreds of lives. The automaker pointed the finger at the tire supplier, but Firestone fired back, arguing poor suspension design by Ford engineers.
The Ford Focus has earned a reputation as a reliable, well-built car since its introduction in 1999. Although multiple recalls have been issued since 2000, the car's powertrain has performed flawlessly.
The Focus led the charge in Ford Motor Company's vehicle line overhaul that began in the late 1990s and well into 2010. Drawing many design and engineering cues from similar vehicles in the European automotive market, most specifically BMW and Mercedes Benz, the German influence in the Focus design is easy to discern. Unfortunately, due to the far lower price point, the Focus does not come with the standard features and warranty benefits that owners of the higher end vehicles enjoy.
Troubleshooting starting problems on a Ford Ranger is necessary when you can't start the vehicle. The problem isn't always obvious, so you'll need to consider a variety of issues. The starter motor could be weak or faulty, the battery could be dead, or you could have a flooded engine or no spark.
Sold as a smaller version of the Ford Bronco, the Ford Bronco II was produced from 1984 to 1990, comprising two generations. It was a compact SUV that competed with vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. The Ford Bronco II was bedeviled by an assortment of mechanical, electrical and physical problems as well as highly publicized reports of vehicle rollovers.
The Ford Fusion has received much attention over the years for its comfortable, straightforward design. It was named 2010 Car of the Year by Motor Trend. But transmission difficulties plague some Fusion vehicles, frustrating a portion of the consumer base. Often, these problems are similar and resolved easily. But some instances of transmission malfunction leave owners considerably disappointed in the Ford Fusion.
The Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique family of vehicles offered a choice of 2.0L Zetec four-cylinder engine or 2.5L Duratec six-cylinder engine. The Duratec V6 was a new design with 24 valves, dual overhead cams and other performance features. However, the Duratec engine was known to have a series of issues that compromised reliability, especially in the 1995-1997 model years.
Wiring harnesses installed in 1995 to 1997 Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique sedans were made with insufficiently durable insulation, leading to severe cracking and peeling insulation that exposed bare wires and caused significant electrical issues.
The Focus is a compact car manufactured by American automaker Ford and sold in many different markets around the world, The Focus has been available in the Unites States since 2000 and was redesigned in 2008. Between 2000 and 2007, the Focus was offered as a station wagon, along with sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles. Despite sales success and generally good reliability ratings, the Focus wagon has become known for several common problems.
The Taurus is one of Ford's flagship sedans, having been launched in the United States market in 1986. With all cars, there is the potential for problems such as overheating, but the 2003 model had a particularly vexing problem that prompted a recall.
The F-series of pickup trucks produced by Ford is a brand that has endured for almost 60 years, and according to Motor Trend magazine is the best-selling truck in history. These accomplishments have helped make F-series trucks the choice for many people in America. However, this widespread use can create problems. When a simple design flaw goes unnoticed by the factory, the problem can quickly go on to affect high numbers of vehicles, as is the case with fuel problems on certain F-350 models.
The Ford Windstar was a minivan produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1995 to 2003. A front-wheel-drive vehicle, the first generation model was built through 1998, and the second generation model from then until the end of its model run. Never a huge seller for Ford or particularly reliable, the Windstar was eventually replaced by the Freestar.
The speedometer is an important part of the car engine as it indicates the speed of your vehicle while on the road. A faulty speedometer can cause major driving issues, which can lead to speed-related accidents or an unnecessary speeding ticket from the police. As with any brand of vehicle, Ford vehicles are susceptible to speedometer problems.
Investigation of forums and recall guides suggests common mechanical problems and some recall requirements related to the ABS (anti-lock braking system) on the Ford Expedition. The ABS is technology meant to prevent locking of brakes and loss of control of the vehicle during sudden stops.
The Ford F-250 belongs to the popular F-Series pick-up truck line-up manufactured since 1948. Initially, apart from its size (it traditionally weighs 3/4 tons), the F-250 was virtually indistinguishable from its smaller, more popular sibling the half-ton F-150 and its bigger brothers (entries starting from F-350 up). However, in 1999, the F-250 was re-christened as "Super Duty," coming in three body styles and four trim levels. The Ford F-250 Super Duty is currently in its second generation of production.
The Ford 5.4-liter engine is one of the most common Ford engines ever produced, showing up in some of the company's trucks, cars and SUVs. The engine's most serious problems have been related to spark plugs exploding due to force from the cylinder head.
Over the years, Ford Expedition owners have reported a variety of problems with the defroster in this vehicle. Frequently the problems lead to a common cause, but troubleshooting is complicated. Ford owners should understand how the climate control system works before jumping to conclusions. When a problem is clearly identified, professional service on the vehicle is often necessary.
The Ford F-150 pickup truck engine, with displacement sizes ranging from the 4.2-liter Essex V-6 to the 6.2-liter Boss V-8, has had remarkably few problems. Ford Motor Company issued no recalls for any specific internal engine problems dating to 1980. Most problems have been limited to cruise control or fuel line problems leading to the engine.
The Explorer is Ford's midsize SUV. Debuting in 1990 for the 1991 model year, it has been the best-selling SUV in the United States. The 2003 Ford Explorer is part of the vehicle's third generation, and it is available in dozens of trims and packages.
Manufactured by Jatco, partially owned and operated by Toyota, the Ford CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is one of those few emerging technologies that has far outperformed expectations. Like most Ford transmissions, this unit has been wisely outsourced to a specialized manufacturer, one which specializes in just these sort of powertrain solutions. This approach appears to bear fruit in the CVT, as most Ford mechanics report seeing far fewer CVTs in for service than standard geared types.
The Ford Taurus is one of the most popular mid-size sedans manufactured in the United States. The Taurus rose in popularity due to its spacious seating capacity, comfortable interiors and smooth driving performance. As with any other model of car, the Taurus can have problems starting up from time to time, and this is sometimes a direct result of problems with the car's ignition.
The Ford Taurus is a car brand synonymous with safety. The 2010 version of the Taurus comes with front and side airbags standard. It is considered a very safe vehicle and was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, Tauruses have occasionally had some airbag problems.
The Ford Escape Hybrid was introduced in 2004 as a gasoline-electric hybrid powered version of the Ford Escape SUV. The vehicle proved to be popular, and Ford is working to develop a "plug-in" version of the car. However, the Ford Escape Hybrid has a few systemic problems, one of them relating to the automatic door locks.
The Ford 4.2-liter V-6 engine, commonly known as the Canadian Essex engine, overcame early gasket problems to become a dependable long-running motor. Those early problems, however, dogged the engine's reputation until the motor was phased out in 2008. The 4.2 replaced the well-regarded Ford 300 straight-six engines and powered the F-150 pickups.
For more than three decades, Ford trucks and sport utility vehicles with four-wheel-drive (4WD) have had a solid reputation for dependability. Due to the rugged nature of 4WD activity, occasional failure to engage all four wheels for better traction can occur. Most problems can be traced to the shift motor on the transfer case, which is not difficult to replace.
Ford F-150 pickup trucks have a well-deserved reputation of rugged dependability, especially with its towing capacity exceeding 10,500 lbs. But with that reputation comes the desire of F-150 owners to test the limits of the truck's capabilities, which puts a strain on the transmission. The primary enemy of transmission failure is heat, lack of regular maintenance and inappropriate towing. Major transmission failure before 60,000 miles is usually due to a lack of performed scheduled maintenance.
Many Ford vehicles can contain 4x4 options that allow the vehicle to be shifted into a 4x4 situation. This means that all four wheels of the vehicle are moving in the same direction to create more traction and help the vehicle to pull out of sticky situations it may find itself in, such as deep mud or snow. A 4x4 is a useful tool, but may come with issues you should be aware of.
American automaker Ford has produced the Escape sport utility vehicle since 2001, with the hybrid version arriving for the 2004 model year. While offering increased fuel economy and a long list of other features, the Escape Hybrid has been known to have several problems that owners and potential buyers should be aware of.
Power Stroke refers to V-8 diesel engines produced by Navistar for Ford from 1994 to the present. The 7.3 liter engine was produced from 1994 to early 2003. The 6.0 liter was made from late 2003 to 2007. The dual-turbo 6.4 liter Power Stroke was introduced in 2008 and is still in production. The Power Stroke is still a popular engine choice with owners who need a reliable workhorse. However, the Power Stroke is not completely problem-free.
The Taurus is one of the all-time best selling cars from American automaker Ford Motor Company. The Taurus was first offered as a 1986 model, and since then the Taurus name has been used on several distinctly different mid- and full-size sedans and station wagons. Several versions of the Taurus have become known for specific common problems, while the entire Taurus line is also known for certain shortcomings despite its overall success.
The Ford Taurus is a popular vehicle. However, there are problems specific to the Taurus, such as peculiar noises and quirks, which are the result of poor manufacturing processes that went into the vehicle. While many problems have been sorted out over the years, there are a few reoccurring problems. However, before replacing any parts, it's easy to troubleshoot a few of the more common issues.
There are many troubleshooting options available if your Ford Taurus refuses to crank or start. Troubleshooting your own vehicle gives you the opportunity to avoid mechanic fees and can be done in the comfort of your own driveway. Always be cautious of your own safety and use all necessary precautions when troubleshooting your car.
Electrical problems in the 1989 Ford Mustang GT included the headlight switch and connector, as well as the alternator wiring harness meltdown seen by many Ford products. Fortunately the fixes were easy for the most part and included upgraded parts for the problem areas.
Transmission failures and problems are unfortunately very common with Ford Explorers, particularly those produced in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The cost of a repair can be enormous, especially if you have it done by a dealership. However, there are some steps you can take in order to try and reduce the cost of a repair, or to possibly even get the repair done for free.
The 1988 Ford Taurus was a popular mid-size sedan for middle-income families. As with any other car, the 1988 Ford Taurus has had various problems that are both mechanical and electrical. Ford has issued various recalls on components of this car.
The Taurus is one of the more popular vehicles designed and created by the Ford Motor Company. This four-door vehicle was designed for families and those who needed more room and space. If you're interested in one of these cars, think about the common problems associated with the Ford Taurus.
The Ford F-150 is the best selling pickup truck line in the world, as well as the perennial best selling passenger vehicle in the United States. Rugged, versatile and dependable, the F-150 is part of Ford's F-Series line of full-sized trucks built continuously since 1948. Quality levels for the Ford F-150 remain very good, but there are a few problems that tend to crop up in some trucks, including odometer problems, which are peculiar to models dating back to the late 1990s. Let's explore this issue and what you can do to handle the problem.
Dealing with the fuel pump issues in your Ford vehicle can be stressful. After all, a faulty fuel pump can render a car or truck useless, and the telltale signs of fuel pump problems aren't often recognized by the average driver. However, troubleshooting a fuel pump can be a simple process if you bear a couple of key issues in mind.
A Ford F250 can present a host of handling issues. Bad or worn wheel bearings, ball joints and tie rod ends can all cause problems with steering and handling. While these are common causes, worn shocks can also cause handling problems. In order to know what the most likely problem is, you'll need to do some troubleshooting.
Diagnosing and repairing an air-conditioning problem in a Ford vehicle is a difficult process---in fact, whole semesters are spent at tech colleges teaching students precisely how to do this. However, when it comes to paying for repairs to heating and air conditioning in Ford models, many find that AC issues are misdiagnosed and mistreated, costing customers extra money on unnecessary parts and labors. Knowing how to diagnose and, if possible, repair AC issues in Ford vehicles can often save a car owner time, money and hassle.
Few modern mechanical devices are as reliable as the Ford pickup engine. Millions of these trustworthy motors are in service on highways across the globe. While enthusiasts may tout the Ford as the greatest engine on Earth, all truck motors work the same. When problems occur, troubleshooting is the same. Below are some trouble areas that may require attention.
When a Ford Explorer's wipers stop working, the lights on the console go out or the car won't start altogether, owners may become frustrated and attempt to take the car immediately to the shop. However, many Ford Explorer electrical problems can be diagnosed and solved by the owner, and oftentimes the ones that can't are not difficult or expensive repairs.
Although every engine must be "timed," the 289 is actually one of the easier engines to make timing adjustments. "Timing" refers to the point in time when the spark plugs deliver the spark necessary to ignite the air/fuel mixture within the combustion chambers. Timing is adjusted by twisting the distributor, which, for most engines, is located at the back of the engine, making access difficult. By contrast, the 289's distributor is located at the front of the engine. In this location, the distributor can be easily adjusted while simultaneously observing the timing marks on the harmonic balancer.
The Ford 3.0L V6 engine is one of the most widely used engines in the Ford lineup. There have been various forms of this basic design through the years. When the Ford Taurus made its debut in 1986, it had a newly designed V6 nestled under hood. That V6 was the 3.0L Vulcan. A basic push-rod OHV design, the engine quickly became known for its reliability. Ford took this to heart and started using the 3.0L in any car or truck it would fit into.
A car that fell in between compact and midsize, the Contour was Ford's first attempt to make a car that can be sold across the world with nothing but minor changes from region to region. Below are the problems associated with the vehicle during its production run, 1995 to 2000.
Often, idle problems on your Ford Explorer will be easy to diagnose and fix with the right information and tools on hand. If you have the time and the will to tackle the problem yourself, dedicate a weekend afternoon to doing so. You will learn more about your Explorer engine and save some money on the way.
Automatic transmissions used on 1996 and other Explorer models come equipped with complex electronic controls that make it difficult to troubleshoot without the proper equipment and training. Nevertheless, there are a few problems you may experience with your 1996 Explorer transmission that you may be able to solve at home.
Diagnosing problems on small vehicles such as the Ford Escort can be difficult due to limited space and the complexity of modern automotive systems. Try to rule out the simplest causes and the most easily accessible components first. If you begin to feel that you're in over your head, ask an automotive professional for help.
The clutch on your Ford Escort is a large spring-loaded disc that mates to the flywheel. The flywheel is connected to the engine's crankshaft and transmits power generated by the engine through the clutch to the transmission. The clutch is designed to separate from the flywheel whenever the clutch pedal is engaged--that way, the engine can continue to run while the vehicle is stopped. Clutch service requires some automotive skill and specialty tools. If you do not possess these, it may be best to leave the work to a professional.
The Ford Escort was a subcompact car produced during the 1980s and 1990s. Ford used versions of an inline four-cylinder engine, some carbureted and some fuel-injected, during the life span of the Escort. If you are experiencing problems with your Escort's engine, the first step to repair it is diagnosing what needs to be replaced.
The suspension on a Ford Escort consists of shock absorbers, springs, anti-sway bars and a series of rubber bushings that all work together to cushion the ride of the vehicle as it travels over uneven road surfaces. Over time, the suspension components can wear and periodically need repair or replacement. The first step in repairing an Escort's suspension is diagnosing which parts may be defective.
Finding why your Ford Explorer won't start will be much easier if you follow a systematic approach. For example, notice when or how the problem occurs: Does it happen when the engine is cold or hot? Can you hear the engine turning? Is the starter turning or just making a click sound? Below are some typical starting problem conditions and possible systems and components involved.
Using a few simple tools and completing in less than an hour, you will learn to repair the common odometer problem found in Ford Expedition models from 1998 to 2001. Specifically, this article will address the 1999 model. Save yourself a few hundered dollars.
The Ford FMX automatic transmission is a three-speed unit first introduced in 1950. As the transmission is used, the internal components of the transmission wear. Eventually, the transmission will require repairs or replacement. Thankfully, the FMX transmission rarely fails without any warning. Knowing what to look for can allow a targeted repair plan and, in many cases, time to prepare for the expenses associated with a repair or replacement. Follow the steps below to diagnose a Ford FMX transmission problem.
Diagnosing a Ford engine problem starts with symptoms. Noises in the engine are the first clue to internal problems. Hard knocking sounds when the engine is started and continue while running, coupled with low oil pressure indicate bad main bearings. This requires replacing the crankshaft and all the bearings. A knocking noise that has more of a tinny sound and increases in intensity with acceleration and goes away when the gas pedal is released and the engine decelerates is very likely a rod bearing or a wrist pin. This requires engine rebuilding. A continuous tapping noise easily recognized in the…