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Based on fueleconomy.gov your are getting a little better than what's expected. Comparing the less accurate old rating system to the new, it's still not as high as you were expecting, but it was higher. Compare Old and New MPG Estimates The manual transmission with the 2.0 gets the best mileage that year If you look up mpg on some sites it just ...


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If your starter motor is working 8 times out of 10 then you probably need to replace it. It very likely has developed a dead spot on the armature. If the armature is positioned so that the brushes land on a dead spot, it won't start. Brushes are the electrical connection between the power source and the moving armature. The picture below shows how these ...


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I have two solutions for you, depending on your skill level. The first is using a zener diode to turn on the relay once the voltage is above 12.6 volts. This will energize the relay anytime the battery voltage is above 12.6 volts. You could go as high as 13 volts, but that might turn the relay off under high electrical loads with the engine running. The 12 ...


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The key to your mechanic's response about changing the timing belt and water pump "now" is that you have no real indication of the maintenance history of the car. You don't know if it's been changed or not. A timing belt could last for that long, but who knows. The mechanic is giving sound advice because he's trying to help you protect your interests. Do ...


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You can have a look at the condition of the belt to gauge its condition. But you'll need to have seen quite a number of timing belts to be able to tell. The risk is that when a timing belt snaps, it damages your valves and pistons too. To fix that will require the engine be taken apart and the damaged parts replaced. It's not a cheap thing to do. ...


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From what I remember 1999 F150's use a starter relay/solenoid that is mounted on the firewall or inner fender. If you follow the positive battery cable it should connect to this relay. If the starter spins as soon as the battery cables are connected to the battery then the relay has welded its self in the closed position and is defective. (This does occur ...


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It sounds like the starter is not disengaging after start-up. This is more than likely caused by a bad solenoid. Once the starter is engaged, the starter keeps spinning because the solenoid does not allow it to release. This, as you discovered, makes the starter get very warm from continuous running. It could also be that the Bendix is allowed to engage, ...


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If you look at your engine you will see that in 1974 almost all emission controls were connected to or controlled by a vacuum hose. As the hose ages it cracks and causes vacuum leaks. Many of the components had no vacuum applied until the engine was warm and above idle speed. This can result in good idle and performance cold but a vacuum leak and poor ...


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Sounds like you have a timing problem, clogged exhaust or bad fuel. The exhaust or the fuel are the easiest to check. As far as the timing, the engine may run fine when not under load (sitting in park/neutral), but when in gear the timing must advance. You may have a bad timing sensor and/or a worn timing belt. If the belt was broken, the engine won't ...


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This is your Heater Control Valve But I am going to explain what it does. First of all the "wire" you see is actually a vacuum line, it's a hollow (hopefully) air-tight tube that passes vacuum to the Heater Control Valve. The heater control valve is a vacuum actuated valve that in the open position allows fluid to pass through and in the closed position ...



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