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answered Where can I go to do basic work on my vehicle?
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answered Where can I go to do basic work on my vehicle?
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comment Car enthusiast beginner kit
Agreed hydraulics should not be the first job you do, but after going through it once watching/helping a friend on their car or yours, then it is easily repeatable.
Aug
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comment Tires stick when turning after a car wash
You may want to speak with a Ford Tech or someone more familiar with your truck's 4x4 system. I know some 4x4 systems can be damaged by being engaged on dry pavement, especially when turning. By your description, it sounds like yours may be that type, having the locker on when you aren't in a low traction situation.
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revised Car enthusiast beginner kit
fixed my typo
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answered Car enthusiast beginner kit
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Jul
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comment How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?
Agreed that an actual number is impossible to give for an answer, will be different for each vehicle, not even model, but each individual vehicle could have fluctuations. Perhaps modify the question to ask about ways to lessen the power drain of the components (aside from removal)?
Jul
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answered Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
@Iszi - In my steps, I have the actual brake pedal held down, so the order shouldn't matter as applying the e-brake will hold the position that the brake pedal is holding. Since most automatics I believe require you to hold down the brake pedal when going in and out of park, on the wiki quote you'd have to have the brake pedal in too.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
This also coincides with you saying it does it after it has been sitting, when you first park it and leave it maybe it doesn't fully rest into the pin, but eventually shifts its weight onto it.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
That is unfortunate, both from my observations and Oren's Wiki reference it sounds like a good possibility. Even without being hilly, there is going to be a slight grade, you aren't going to be on perfectly level ground where the car sits perfectly stationary, you've got a couple tons there, just a couple degree slant it is going to move and put its weight against the pin. Not as severe on a hill, but it still will.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Sounds like the Wiki agrees with my theory "Most vehicle manufacturers and auto mechanics do not recommend using the transmission's parking pawl as the sole means of securing a parked vehicle, instead recommending it should only be engaged after first applying the vehicle's parking brake"
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Thanks for giving the reference, as I said, I know the general concept of what the automatic transmission is accomplishing, the logic, but not how it is mechanically achieving it as I only have my manuals.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
When did you last have the transmission serviced, specifically the fluid changed? At 108k miles I'm sure it is due unless it has been done recently. Have you checked the ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) level? There should be a dipstick in your engine bay to do so, refer to your owner's manual for details. I don't know if that influences the shifting, but it will effect the overall health of the transmission.
Jul
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answered Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Jul
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answered Sudden Oversteer - What Might Be the Cause
Jul
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
You may not have had knocking because your ECU recognized the situation and has adjusted accordingly, making your engine produce less power and probably poorer fuel mileage. The mileage difference may not make up for the difference in fuel cost, but getting less power is no fun :(.
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
@Ricket, every car is going to be different, some might recheck every time new fuel is added, some could require an ECU reset by disconnecting the battery and others may require using diagnostic tools, just depends on what the manufacturer felt like doing.
Jul
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
I wouldn't worry about it that much, if the car seems normal, it probably isn't triggering. They have to set those guidelines to deal with conditions all year long and all over the world.