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  • Tadric
    Tadric - 2001 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 8/16/2014
    Low idling when truck stop
    Morning start engine idle so low the engine cuts off and runs good once gas pedal is pressed and engine service light comes on too
     
    • CVO
      8/16/2014 CVO
      DO NOT SKIP THIS TEST. Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts or Pep Boys will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. Amazon.com has the code reader for $18.39 dollars + shipping
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different ELECTRONIC sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensor definitions.

      Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
      Throttle Position (TP) sensor
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor
      Idle Air Control (IAC) valve
      Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT)
      Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S)
      Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor
      Knock Sensor (KS)
      Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)
      Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor

      www.freeautomechanic.com
  • Tadric
    Tadric - 2001 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 8/16/2014
    Low idling when truck stop
    Morning start engine idle so low the engine cuts off and runs good once gas pedal is pressed and engine service light comes on too
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty - Preventive Maintenance - 8/10/2014
    How low does 134a have to be before low pressure switch works
    how do i know if low pressure switch is working how many ounces of 134a has to be low. my a c stops working ever so often
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Ford Escape - Preventive Maintenance - 8/8/2014
    How do you add freon
    I can't tell which valve too add it to.
     
    • CVO
      8/7/2014 CVO
      Your air conditioning system has two "sides" -- a low pressure and a high pressure side, depending on where you are in relation to the compressor. You'll be recharging your AC through the low pressure port. You should consult your owner's manual to be sure, but your vehicle will have a cap over the pressure ports. One cap is labeled "H" (for high pressure) and the other is labeled "L" for low. As a further safety measure, the ports are different sizes so you physically cannot attach the pressure gauge or hose to the wrong port! It's pretty fail safe, but always double check yourself to be sure.
      CVO
      8/8/2014 AutoMD Member
      i do need a price quote for a/c repair.
    • AutoMD Member
      8/8/2014 AutoMD Member
      iI NEED A PRICE QUOTE FOR AUTO A/C REPAIR.
      AutoMD Member
      8/8/2014 CVO
      See this url for price quotes

      http://www.automd.com/repaircost/
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 8/7/2014
    Cant complete Monitors after several miles and drive cycles, any idea whats wrong?
    I have a 2001 Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 4x4 and I cant pass smog due to incomplete monitors( Cat monitor, 02 monitor, 02 htr monitor) I had all my cats replaced and all 02 sensors including 02 heater sensor replaced still no luck after several completed Drive Cycles ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 8/7/2014
    Cant complete Monitors after several miles and drive cycles, any idea whats wrong?
    I have a 2001 Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 4x4 and I cant pass smog due to incomplete monitors( Cat monitor, 02 monitor, 02 htr monitor) I had all my cats replaced and all 02 sensors including 02 heater sensor replaced still no luck after several completed Drive Cycles ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Ford Explorer - Preventive Maintenance - 8/5/2014
    Where is the flasher located?
    I need to replace the flasher on my '96 Ford Explorer but I do not know where it is located. I have a new one to replace the faulty one. I am a 71yo female. Can you help me?
     
    • CVO
      8/5/2014 CVO
      Flasher
      1996 Ford Truck Explorer 2WD 4.0L EFI 6cyl
      The Flasher is located:
      Front seating area, driver side, driver side of steering column, under dash, mounted in upper left corner of fuse panel
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Ford Freestar - Preventive Maintenance - 7/26/2014
    Trade in or drive until it dies..
    Hi - Looking for some advice as we cannot make a decision here at all. Currently have a 2004 Ford Freestar Van - 172,000mls on it. Has been a great van and aside from some electrical issues (passenger window, radio and dvd player) - no problems at all. But..it is ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/26/2014 Jimm
      You will have to make the decision ultimately - based on the financial situation and family needs. Personally, I'll tend to buy a used vehicle then drive it for years - well after the deprecation limits. Simply because making payments for a new or used vehicle that is depreciating daily is so expensive.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Ford Freestar - Preventive Maintenance - 7/26/2014
    Drive the car until it dies..or trade it in now?
    Hi - Looking for some advice as we cannot make a decision here at all. Currently have a 2004 Ford Freestar Van - 172,000mls on it. Has been a great van and aside from some electrical issues (passenger window, radio and dvd player) - no problems at all. But..it is ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/26/2014 Jimm
      You will have to make the decision ultimately - based on the financial situation and family needs. Personally, I'll tend to buy a used vehicle then drive it for years - well after the deprecation limits. Simply because making payments for a new or used vehicle that is depreciating daily is so expensive.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Ford Focus - Preventive Maintenance - 7/23/2014
    How do i fix my dash and tail light to work
    When the ignition is on and you turn on the lights on my 2005 ford focus the trunk opens or at least it did until last night. I went leave, turned on my lights and as always I had to get out and close the trunk but this time there were no dash lights and no tail ...
     
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  • DOC
    DOC - 2003 Ford Mustang - Preventive Maintenance - 7/14/2014
    car tends to overheat more. Why
    I have a new fan thermostat. done a flush. when it gets hot here in SOCAL it s 90+ i drive 100 miles a day 2 work & back Always in rush hour. I alaways feel the heat at my feet. Clogged CATS or what
     
    • Jimm
      7/14/2014 Jimm
      The most common cause of overheating is because of an external leak from a water pump or a radiator or heater hose. The way to find the leak is to wait till it is overnight cold and maybe just pour water in and see if the leak is large enough to see it simply leak out from where it has a leak. if you pour in a half gallon or more and you still see no leak its time to pressure check the system.

      Here is a short list of possible causes for overheating;

      Low coolant level
      Leaking coolant
      Improper coolant concentration (not at recommended 50 / 50 mix of anti-freeze and water)
      Clogged radiator hoses
      Clogged heater hoses
      Clogged radiator passages
      Clogged heater core
      Faulty thermostat
      Faulty water pump
      Faulty radiator cooling fans
      Faulty radiator cooling fan switch (coolant temperature sensor)
      Faulty / worn serpentine drive belt
      Faulty / worn drive belt tensioner



  • Cortlan Salmon
    Cortlan Salmon - 2007 Ford Taurus - Preventive Maintenance - 7/3/2014
    What is the err light mean on my car?
    it's a err light that pops up on the instrument column
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Ford Focus - Preventive Maintenance - 7/3/2014
    I was driving down the street and my car just shut off and would not crank back up what could it be?
    I put a new battery in it and it still would not crank back up. My lights inside the car came on but my windows would not roll down and the headlights would not come on, the lights on the side came on but not the headlights. Half the car has power and the other half ...
     
    • jdl
      7/3/2014 jdl
      I looked at your starter circuit--power windows--headlamps, One thing they all had in common was the ignition switch. You may need to check voltage to and from the ignition switch. I can't say at the moment if your ignition switch is faulty? You need to do some voltage testing. You can use a simple test light.

      Check for voltage at the headlamp fuse/s and the power window fuse, key on. If you don't know which fuse is which, look at your owners manual. If you don't have an owners manual, you can look at one online for free. If you want a wiring diagram for one of those systems, just let us know.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Preventive Maintenance - 6/12/2014
    Battery shows low on meter
    I just had my car in and had my alternator replaced due to the reason listed above (that and it stalled out twice at a dead stop) and it still registers low. I took it back and he said the meter shows it's fine and told me let him know if anything else starts ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      6/12/2014 GT500Knights
      If the alternator goes bad, usually the battery will go bad along with it. This is because the battery needs to maintain a specific charge so as not to damage the internal cells. Replacing the alternator is your first step, next is to replace the battery. BUT, before you purchase a new one, have it tested for free at an auto parts store to ensure it is your problem.
    • AutoMD Member
      6/12/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thank you!!!
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Ford Escape - Preventive Maintenance - 6/11/2014
    Do I trust the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor/10,000 or a more traditional school of thought?
    The closest Ford dealer, 2 national service companies, and 1 local, very trustworthy service station/adviser have all told me (without see the car, only based on mileage and a phone call) that I can't follow the on board oil monitor, and must get the oil changed ...
     
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