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  • 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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  • loripartida
    loripartida - 2002 Ford E-150 Econoline - Preventive Maintenance - 6/4/2014
    1993 Mercedes Benz 2.8L 3 00E over heating problem change thermostat check hose water pump…
    Keeps over heating. I give up…
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Ford Escape - Preventive Maintenance - 5/28/2014
    Air conditioner is blowing out hot air
    checked the Freon and it showed full. car has 110,000 miles on it
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Ford Taurus - Preventive Maintenance - 5/26/2014
    Why does my Check Charging System light come on? Pic of battery lights up to. Had hooked to Diagnostic thing.
    It happens when ever. It's happening more and more. Stays on longer. I can be driving it or sitting .
     
    • Jimm
      5/26/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn serpentine drive belt tensioner, faulty alternator, faulty / weak battery, corroded / faulty / loose battery connections. Check these items as the first step and in this order; battery terminals (no corrosion - clean and tight), battery cables (both positive and negative connections opposite the battery (positive at the starter / negative at the chassis ground) the connections should be clean and tight.

      Next, have the charging system; including the battery, starter and alternator - plus wiring - tested for free - at any local auto parts store. Post a reply with these results.
  • Lana
    Lana - 1995 Ford F-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 5/26/2014
    Are mfg required to honor recalls no matter how old the vehicle?
    I inherited truck from husband (deceased) I know he did not take it for recalls. I'm assuming VIN is registered and Ford knows if they owe a 'f'ix' on this vehicle
     
    • Jimm
      5/26/2014 Jimm
      Short answer - it depends. Some recalls are safety related and as such, usually have no expiration date. Other recalls are for certain models, certain defects with certain conditions and may have an expiration date.
      For any recall question regarding applicability for your vehicle - best to first check with the local dealerships in your area.
      Jimm
      5/26/2014 Lana
      thanks, I look at recalls, saw seat issue and thought this might be an important one to check on. Just had dealer do fix on engine catching fire. They were very nice, found leaking injectors onto maniford & were able to recreate the fire I had. $2500 later to fix the leaking injectors (apparently not part of the recall...) and I didn't even get the windshield washed. With this investment in an old truck I want to be sure I get anything fixed on their recall list.:)
      And yes they saw me coming
  • valmiki
    valmiki - 2008 Ford Fiesta - Preventive Maintenance - 5/17/2014
    Why is my radiator fan behaving funny
    Hi Guys, I'm a first time car owner.. i have a gulf specs 2008 Ford Mondeo.. Of Late I have noticed my radiator fan goes off whenever the car is on and in idle, for example at a traffic signal, and then it does not come on, when the car is in use again.. i have ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Ford F700 - Preventive Maintenance - 5/15/2014
    Truck cut off on road electronic module checked bad replaced module it started
    ran a couple minutes then cut off truck has two saddle tanks and neither electric fuel pump is coming on
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Ford Focus - Preventive Maintenance - 5/10/2014
    My coolant light has suddenly come on and still reaching the "H" after filling antifreeze. What could be the issue?
    It suddenly came on then off for a few days then if I drive about 20 min it comes on and stays on. The oil is full and clean. Antifreeze is good, the reservoir seemed full as I couldn't pour any in but now I wonder if it could be clogged? The car has about 136,000 ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/8/2014 GT500Knights
      Are you adding just concentrated antifreeze? You should be filling with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water (which is what coolant is--a mix of both). Straight antifreeze does not have the heat transfer capabilities like water does, so you need a mix.

      There could be a few other things to check out that might be causing your car to run too hot.
      1. Your system still has air bubbles in it. Refer to service procedures on how to "burp" the system of air.
      2. Your radiator may be clogged, preventing adequate flow, thus preventing necessary cooling.
      3. Your thermostat is stuck closed. A stuck closed thermostat will not open and prevent hot coolant from flowing from the engine block to the radiator
      4. Your system has a leak somewhere. Check underneath the car once the engine has reached operating temperature. Check throughout the engine bay to determine the cause of the leak. If the system isn't capable of hold 15 psi, coolant will boil and form into vapor.
      5. Your water pump has deteriorated. I have seen this a few times. On poorly maintained cooling systems, rust and corrosion will actually eat away the internal blades of the water pump, preventing the pump from circulating enough water.
      6. Your drive belts are loose. If your water pump is driven off of the serpentine belt, and the belt is loose , the pump (along with other components) will not function.
      7. Your radiator fans and not engaging.
      8. Your ignition timing is too far advanced. Too much advance in ignition timing will actually create a much hotter burn in the combustion chamber. Sometimes it will be too much for the cooling system to handle.
      9. Your fuel system is running too lean. If your fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is too lean, the internal temperatures of the chamber will exceed 2500 deg F. Excess nox will be produced from the tailpipe as well. Check for any vacuum leaks and check for any fault codes.
    • John's Auto Repair
      5/10/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Does the fans attached to the radiator come on when it is overheating. Let me know.
 
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