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  • BostonHolly
    BostonHolly - 2001 Ford Escape - Preventive Maintenance - 12/15/2014
    On your site next to Recalls I see a catagory called TSB's what is it ?
    Unending 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.
    0 answer
  • DMac
    DMac - 2003 Ford E-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 12/10/2014
    Preventative maintenance on a wheelchair van
    I 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 ...
    0 answer
  • jerry
    jerry - 2003 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 12/3/2014
    What is best replacement bulb for headlamps?
    my 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
    Charlie - 1993 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 11/29/2014
    What is the layout of the clutch line and how does it go around the frame?
    I couldn't find any details anywhere and need to make repairs. A diagram would be great.
    0 answer
  • Durij
    Durij - 2003 Ford E-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 11/21/2014
    What do you recommend for next maintenance?
    Bought this car without maintenance record. 2003 ford Econoline E-150 Cargo Van with only 45,000 miles. So far, no problem
    • CVO
      11/20/2014 CVO
      2003 E-150
      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
      11/20/2014 Durij
    • Nancy Long
      11/21/2014 Nancy Long
      Regular 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
    patrick wilson - 2005 Ford Explorer - Preventive Maintenance - 11/17/2014
    Why do i hear clicking noises when i try to turn on my heat in my vehicle.
    The 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
    • CVO
      11/17/2014 CVO
      Clicking noise is from the blender door actuator,it made out of plastics and it has tendency to break over the time.
      See this video clip link
  • sedcampbell
    sedcampbell - 1998 Ford Ranger - Preventive Maintenance - 11/16/2014
    Pouring straight concentrated antifreeze into radiator THEN pouring water into radiator to mix
    I 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 ...
    • CVO
      11/16/2014 CVO
      1998 Ford Truck Ranger 2WD 3.0L MFI 6cyl
      The Cooling System Mix

      With A/C

      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
    loripartida - 2002 Ford E-150 Econoline - Preventive Maintenance - 10/18/2014
    1993 Mercedes Benz 2.8L 3 00E over heating problem change thermostat check hose water pump…
    Keeps over heating. I give up…
    • benz guy 888
      10/18/2014 benz guy 888
      check 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.
    • Jimm
      10/18/2014 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
  • Drudreams
    Drudreams - 2007 Ford Taurus - Preventive Maintenance - 10/11/2014
    What's causing my battery that tests good to keep dying?
    Okay, 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 ...
    • wildman
      10/11/2014 wildman
      Need to check ground connections. This will intermittently cause you issue, charging and battery voltage.
    BRETT FRYER - 2001 Ford Crown Victoria - Preventive Maintenance - 10/6/2014
  • SandraBurr
    SandraBurr - 1999 Ford Expedition - Preventive Maintenance - 10/3/2014
    How do I reconnect the Heater Fan?
    We 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?
    0 answer
  • jason
    jason - 2001 Ford F-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 9/16/2014
    My F-150 truck has a new aircondition compressor and new dryer and the compressor only runs when u first crank it
    I 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 ...
    • Williams auto repair
      I would a try to fill up with more re fridge not over 4 lbs also check relay take one from horn and switch with ac relay
  • shelly
    shelly - 1996 Ford Aerostar - Preventive Maintenance - 9/15/2014
    Alternator/battery charge
    have 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
    • CVO
      9/15/2014 CVO
      A 3/4 charge battery is 12.50 volts
      A discharge battery is 11.75 volts.
      A battery under a cranking load and it is reading less than 7 volts,it will be a recycled battery.
  • teresa
    teresa - 1994 Ford F-150 - Preventive Maintenance - 9/14/2014
    Truck loses all power from 60 to 30 after going about 10-15 miles
    this 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 ...
    • alex
      9/14/2014 alex
      no check engine light? if their isn't i would look at your fuel pump.
  • Drudreams
    Drudreams - 2007 Ford Taurus - Preventive Maintenance - 9/10/2014
    Why does my battery, that tests good, keep dying?
    Okay, 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 ...
    • jdl
      9/10/2014 jdl
      I 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.