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BostonHolly - 2001 Ford Escape - Preventive Maintenance - 12/15/2014Unending repairs to this car, now I see that I have not received all the recall notices, only about 7 since 2001. I need to understand what TSBs means before I spend another $2K on this car.
DMac - 2003 Ford E-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 12/10/2014I have a 2003 Ford E150 van with a 5.4L that is modified with a lowered floor and a wheelchair lift. It has 87,000 miles on it. I always try to head off problems before they arise as I have 200 mile trek between my house and my parents. I've had the belts and ...
jerry - 2003 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 12/3/2014my lens are clear not perfect some slight cloudiness around top part but lamps don't seem bright on high beam i dont get flashed to lower they or the right is slightly out of aim but not matter OEM bulb is 9007
Charlie - 1993 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 11/29/2014I couldn't find any details anywhere and need to make repairs. A diagram would be great.
Durij - 2003 Ford E-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 11/21/2014Bought this car without maintenance record. 2003 ford Econoline E-150 Cargo Van with only 45,000 miles. So far, no problem
11/20/2014 CVOSCHEDULED MAINTENANCE INTERVALS
To be serviced Type of service Vehicle mileage interval (x1000)
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65
Engine oil & filter R X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Tires Rotate X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Auto trans. fluid I X X X X
Brake pads/shoes I X X X X
Wheels I - X X X X
Coolant hoses S/I X X X X
Steering linkage I X X X X
Suspension I X X X X
Cabin air filter R X X X X
Ball joints (2wd) I X X X X
Exhaust system I X X
Engine air filter R X X
Fuel filter - R X X
Auto trans fluid (4R100) R X X
Green coolant - R X
Accessory drive belts I every 100,000 miles
Spark plugs R every 100,000 miles
PCV valve - R every 100,000 miles
PCV valve - R every 120,000 miles
Yellow coolant R every 5 years or 100,000 miles -
Auto trans fluid (exc. 4R100) R every 150,000 miles
Differential fluid R every 150,000 miles
Accessory drive belts R every 150,000 miles if not previously changed
1R: Replace S: Service I: Inspect L: Lubricate
2- Inspect for end play and noise
3- Recommended, but not required in Calif.
4- Change every 30,000 miles or 36 months thereafter
5- Vehicle under 6,000 lbs GVW
6- Vehicles over 6,000 lbs GVW
7- Then every 3 years or 50,000 thereafter
Or see this link
11/21/2014 Nancy LongRegular maintenance is the key factor in keeping your vehicle running properly. Without it, you could find yourself facing costly car repairs, many of which could have been prevented with the proper care.
patrick wilson - 2005 Ford Explorer - Preventive Maintenance - 11/17/2014The air conditioning does work but whenever i attempt to adjust the settings or turn on the heat it does not herat up and i heare continual clicking until i return the settings back to previous level
sedcampbell - 1998 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 11/16/2014I recently flushed my radiator and when i poured the new coolant in, i didn't pre mix it, I poured a gallon of straight antifreeze in the radiator, THEN poured a gallon of distilled water into the radiator to mix it., then topped off the reservoir with 50/50 ...
11/16/2014 CVOCOOLING SYSTEM MIX
1998 Ford Truck Ranger 2WD 3.0L MFI 6cyl
The Cooling System Mix
1 1/4 Gallon (s) of Full Strength Anti-Freeze Specification amount is for a 50/50 ratio mix in the cooling system. If using pre-mixed anti-freeze double the amount needed.
loripartida - 2002 Ford E-150 Econoline - Preventive Maintenance - 10/18/2014Keeps over heating. I give up…
10/18/2014 benz guy 888check the condition of your radiator. the rods/tubes in the radiator might be clogged by rust. what is the color of the water/fluid in the radiator. you might have to flush the radiator or get it cleaned or replaced.
10/18/2014 JimmThe 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
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 water pump
Faulty radiator cooling fans
Faulty radiator cooling fan switch (coolant temperature sensor)
Faulty / worn serpentine drive belt
Faulty / worn drive belt tensioner
Drudreams - 2007 Ford Taurus - Preventive Maintenance - 10/11/2014Okay, what happened is months ago, the check charging system light started blinking on for around 20 seconds at a time, a few times a week. Then it kept becoming more frequent. But never stayed on longer than a minute. I had the alternator checked, battery and ...
BRETT FRYER - 2001 Ford Crown Victoria - Preventive Maintenance - 10/6/2014HELLO I HAVE A 2001 CROWN VIC I TOOK OFF THE WIPER ARM TO MAKE A ADJUSTMENT AND FOUND OUT THE HALF MOON KEY WAS MISSING.COULD YOU PLEASE TELL THE NAME OF THIS PART SO I MAY REPLACE IT.IVE BEEN ALL OVER TRYING TO FIND ONE WITH NO LUCK THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME,
SandraBurr - 1999 Ford Expedition - Preventive Maintenance - 10/3/2014We replaced the heater core and after putting it all back together the Fan wont blow and the auto on head lights don't come on. What did we forget?
jason - 2001 Ford F-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 9/16/2014I flushed the system and added a new compressor vaccumed down the system made sure there where no leaks and charged the system with R134 the only way the compressor will cycle is if i dissconect a plug directly above the dryer (Not) the clutch cycling switch which i ...
shelly - 1996 Ford Aerostar - Preventive Maintenance - 9/15/2014have a van new alternator ever since putting on alternator the battery charge doesnt seem to registor for example the van will registaor full charge, ill shop for couple hours and the battery charge will be low low i dont know if could be a short
teresa - 1994 Ford F-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 9/14/2014this just started after I started losing power I went in to neutral acted like it was taking gas when I went to drive it wouldn't go like not getting gas pulled over after a few it started right up after a few miles same thing over again after setting for a min when ...
Drudreams - 2007 Ford Taurus - Preventive Maintenance - 9/10/2014Okay, what happened is months ago, the check charging system light started blinking on for around 20 seconds at a time, a few times a week. Then it kept becoming more frequent. But never stayed on longer than a minute. I had the alternator checked, battery and ...
9/10/2014 jdlI can help you do some testing. That means you have to do the testing. I can't go by what somebody else said. Can you use a digital multimeter? The generic spec for a full charge battery is around 12.6 volts, meter leads across battery posts, everything off.
If the problem is intermittent, you have to test when the problem is ongoing. You could have too much drain with everything turned off. The generic spec is around 50 ma, that .050 amp, not even a tenth of an amp. If too much drain, check for a light left on, somewhere, exterior--interior--under the hood. Best time to check for a lite is in the dark. If that checks ok and still too much drain, pull/replace fuses one at a time, when you pull the fuse on the faulty circuit, the drain returns to normal. Then you check everything that is on that fuse circuit.
Like I said I can't depend on what somebody told you about the battery or charging system. I run into this all the time. Sometimes the auto stores are correct and sometimes they are wrong.