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When you start the engine and you hear the sound, does it sound better after the vehicle is warmed up? A rod knock will only sound worse (louder) as the engine heats up. It will not go away as the engine gets warmer. If it does, it is probably something like an exhaust leak which closes itself as the engine manifolds get warm. The opposite could be true as ...


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First have someone check to see if your brake lights work. If they don't check fuse 28 in the underdash fuse panel. If fuse 28 is OK locate the stoplight switch on the brake pedal. Key on engine off, use a paper clip and jump the 2 terminals. If you can shift out of park and the brake lights come on replace the stoplight switch. If the brake lights come ...


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Take a look at the wiring on the starter the S terminal wire may have come off. Pull the starter relay. Terminal 30 is fused battery power. Terminal 87 is output to the starter S terminal. Terminal 85 is power from the ignition switch in the start position. Terminal 86 is PCM controlled ground with the neutral switch in between. If you don't have power at ...


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Finding information on the service required: call a dealer and ask them. Look online at forums. Etc. How to tell if it's been neglected, that's the more important part of your question IMO. You can tell a lot from the car physically, more so in my experience than from service records. Service records are only as useful as the record keeper, and in my ...


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It should look something like the following picture. The flats for the wrench are at the bottom so you may not be able to see them depending on the location. They also might be covered by a heat shield. You use something like the tools pictured below to get it off.


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Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a rod knock, wrist pin or piston slap in the early stages even when using a mechanics stethoscope. A main knock is a deeper sound that is more pronounced at the bottom of the block as apposed to the top when using a stethoscope. Hard knocks that happen at startup and go away quickly are a sure sign it is ...


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Ford may be trying to match the engine speed to the transmission shaft speed. This would tend to reduce wear on the clutches. When the transmission is shifted back into gear after a down hill run in neutral the transmission has to match the engine to the wheel speed. Depending how different these are clutch wear can be significant. Note that modern fuel ...


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A/C systems that are run low on refrigerant fail faster than those that are kept full. This is because the refrigerant circulates to oil that lubricates the compressor. An un-lubricated compressor will wear out. So just after filling the oil will circulate normally but as the refrigerant level drops so will compressor lubrication. Also it is less than ideal ...


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I'm going to post this answer as preliminary and will update when more information is available. If there is water visibly leaking from an engine, there are a few major culprits: hose connections, the water pump, and freeze plugs. Since the water is coming from a "hole in the engine", I think we can cross off water hose connections. If the water is ...


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Your spark plug was loose If the spark plug was loose and gone, based upon your comments, the coil did not pop out of your head, the sparkplug popped out of your head. The last change of the sparkplugs may have been the cause where this particular plug was not properly torqued down in your head. If your threads are stripped in the head, which I doubt, ...


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It does sound like the brake booster is leaking. Clamp off the brake booster line and if the air sound goes away replace the brake booster. I'd expect for there to be a check valve on the brake booster line and it would explain why the engine doesn't lean out when pressing on the brake pedal.


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Have you checked the battery condition? Your local motor parts supplier should be able to test it for you, and replace it if it's failed. As a guide, batteries usually last 5-8 years, so if it's in that range or older, you'll probably need to replace it. Also check the condition of the connections to the battery terminals, and the condition of the ...


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You can buy complete replacement kits, including the Android device; e.g see https://radio-upgrade.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=86 You could also just buy the trim - e.g http://www.amazon.com/Metra-99-5827B-Double-Installation-2012-Up/dp/B008MQEMJE (note the comments on the button color, however) The vehicle display at the top is retained, and the ...


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This could be a whole lot of things. I'm going to guess that the check engine light is on (and / or On and blinking...) If so, we're going to need to see the stored OnBoard Diagnostics version 2 (OBDII) codes. The only way to get those on your car is with an OBDII reader. (either via a purchase at your local autoparts store, or online somewhere, or ...


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Are they directional tires? The one with arrow on the sidewall indicating the direction of rotation like with some brands of snow tires. If they are not installed with the arrows facing toward the front they would act as you describe. At slow speeds they would throw you side to side and be very hard to drive.


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NEVER use anti-seize on spark plugs. Anti-seize has a metal base to it and not used sparingly, can short the electrode and cause a misfire. Also, if you have any questions, look up specs on all spark plug manufacturers about using anti-seize. ALL say not to in their spec sheets. Google "Should I use anti seize on spark plugs" and you will get your answer. I ...


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I just installed a Valley brand 2" receiver onto my 1997 escort. I had to buy longer bolts and will need a wiring harness. Used the two factory bolt holes, one on each side. And had to drill 1 additional hole on each side. But basically a direct fit.



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