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US-based multinational carmaker with subsidiaries in Europe and Australia

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Realistically, how much can I expect to improve cloudy headlights by polishing?

The headlight lenses on my vehicle (a 2001 Ford F-150) are cloudy, and presumably as a result, the headlights are not terribly effective. (I could post a photo if you want.) I bought a polishing kit ...
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Lean Fuel Code on V10

I have 1999 V10 Ford chassis on a 2000 Coachman motorhome. Engine starts great when cold, runs great, idles great, no skipping, missing, etc. Problem is that after driving more than 30 minutes or so ...
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Why the different the colors of terminal corrosion on the battery?

I have a 2001 Ford Windstar. When I went to clean the battery terminals: the one with the RED cover over it was a bright blue color; the other had normal white corrosion. I do not know why the this ...
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How can I be sure that a rod knock is actually a rod knocking?

I have a 2005 Ford Escape 2.3 L engine, there is a knocking type sound as soon as the engine is started and the speed of the "knocking" follows the RPM. How can I be sure that it is in fact a rod ...
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Is the Ford Fiesta 2008, style climate D, 1.4 TDCi engine made by Peugeot?

Is the engine made by Peugeot or Ford? Apparently if it's Peugeot, it could be prone to the turbo failing due to engine fault.
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Can I use ethanol instead of petrol in my car?

I have a 2001 Ford Focus (EU/UK spec) and I'm planning a road trip to Europe. My research shows that they serve up something called E85 at their petrol pumps in addition to petrol and diesel. I've ...
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Replacing a tube on the engine

I'm trying to replace a tube in my Ford Focus 2000. I tried to look up the schematics for the engine to see what the part is called but I'm pretty newbie so I don't know what I'm doing. Luckly the ...
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Fixing a trunk latch on a Ford Focus

If the latch on an '03 focus (not hatch back) just clicks at you 4 or 5 times and never actually closes what needs to be fixed? I can't close my trunk. The black plastic thing that the latch is ...
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Fueling vehicle issues

Every time I go to pump gas in 2009 ford mustang. Almost every gallon that pokes in to tank makes the nozzle trigger pop back like if it was full. It is annoying to hold it and still pops back out. ...
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2008 Ford Escape hybrid brake and computer problem

My 2008 Ford Escape hybrid broke down in the middle of nowhere. Stopped to get gas and when I turned the vehicle on, the ABS light came on in the dash and and it felt like the engine wouldn't get any ...
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Can I remove the valve cover to retrieve the extension with 8mm socket that fell into my engine? [duplicate]

I dropped an extension with a 8 mm socket attached into the plug hole. I started the engine for like five to 10 seconds to see if it blew out. I read that starting the engine was an huge mistake. With ...
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Skill level and safety critical risk level for ABS module replacement

2004 Ford Taurus SES DOCH 24V 160,000 miles ABS indicator light, parking brake light and trip computer error "Check Brake System" all illuminated. (Two days after having O2 sensors and spark ...
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Should I change one spark plug and wire or all of them?

2 days ago I felt that something isn't right with my Ford. A mechanic told me that he wants to replace all four spark plugs and wires but could I just change the one? I'm scared that he's ripping me ...
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turning right causing small vibration and noise

My 2004 Ford Focus makes small grinding and vibrating noises when turning to the right. The problem was much more severe earlier this month. I took it to the shop and had them get me new tires and an ...
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In a manual car, does changing gear quickly put more wear on the synchro's?

I have a ford fiesta with a manual transmission, and often when I'm driving gently, I'll take more than a second or so to change gear after I depress the clutch pedal. I press the clutch pedal, slowly ...
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Fault find blown cigarette lighter fuse

I have a 2005 ford focus mk2, nothing custom, nothing modified, all stock. The cigertte lighter has never worked so I thought it was about time I attempted to fix this. I removed the fuse (20amp) ...
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Ford Taurus common oil leak area?

On my last oil change, the technician noted some oil around top and side of the engine block and said there is a small leak. The only way to find where it is coming from is doing the whole dye test, ...
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Slow acceleration, high fuel consumption after spark plug change

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 4.0 L V6 4x4 model. I recently was having some problems with the truck idling too low when cold and I decided to change the spark plugs. I put in 4 out of the 6 new plugs and ...
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?

An article on overhauling the carbs on a Ford 8N tractor says to use a flare nut wrench to disconnect the fuel line. How important is it use that kind of wrench, vs. an open ended wrench?
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What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit?

My Father-in-Law gave this Ford branded ignition coil to me today. I'm curious to know what vehicle it went to, and how it was hooked up originally. Can I easily determine whether it works or not ...
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What exactly is a jackshaft?

The Wikipedia entry for the Ford Cologne 4.0L SOHC describes the use of a "jackshaft": It uses a jackshaft in place of a camshaft to drive a timing chain to each cylinder head. Three timing chains ...
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Ford Focus with error code P242F (DPF failure)

I have a 2008 Ford Focus (UK) with a 1.6 TDCi engine and 60K miles. This weekend I got error code P242F stating "diesel particulate filter restriction ash accumulation" and the vehicle has gone into ...
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How do old cars actually lose horsepower?

I have heard that when a car gets old it slowly but surely loses its horsepower to some degree. For example, I used to drive a 1997 Ford Fiesta with a 1.25L 1242cc engine that supposedly produces a ...
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Ford Focus engine cuts out at 3000+ RPM

I should provide a little background to this issue as I believe the two are most likely related. The car is a Ford Focus 2008 1.6 TDCi Diesel (UK) which this year has had a brand new battery and ...
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Battery and Alternator Pass Test - 2003 Mustang GT

I have a 2003 Ford Mustang GT, I had the battery tested and it will take a jump and start up so naturally I am thinking the alternator is bad. I take the alternator out and have it tested 3 times and ...
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Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?

Currently I own a Mk5 Astra SRi, however I am looking to sell this and buy a Ford Focus Mk2. The other day I looked at a Ford Focus Zetec Mk2. My understanding is that Zetec is sort of the ford ...
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2000 Ford Focus, low idle, stalling at lights, white smoke from exhaust - P0171 Code - problem?

I have a couple of issues which I hope are all related. The car is a petrol Ford Focus 2000 1.8. Seems to be listed as LX, but the engine is Zetec. When stationary, the idle is quite jumpy, and the ...
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Troubleshooting 'random' clutch problems

I've got a customer who came in complaining that the clutch pedal had gone 'funny': it wasn't 'coming back up' like it used to. As he was in for service anyway, we replaced the clutch fluid, and it '...
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Ford Focus - bad starter?

Car 1.6L Ford Focus estate, made in 2000. It is right hand drive, although I doubt that matters. Issue When the ignition key is turned from "On" to "Start", there is a click (sounds like a relay ...
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Replaced throttle body - now horn won't stop honking

This is the final question to my DIY ford ranger repair series. You can see the first two here: 1) Is hot desert weather the source of my recurring car problem 2) Procedure for throttle body and idle ...
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Bad pitting on carburetor causing small fuel leak

I have a Motorcraft 2150 carb which has some pretty bad pitting on the main body. The pitting caused like two small holes and is causing fuel to slowly drip. I can only see the holes from the outside ...
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Ford Escape 2014 - is there a practical reason why climate recirculation is on a timer?

I have a Ford Escape 2014 and have a question about the climate "recirculation" button. This is the button that is supposed to enable the inside air to be recirculated. On this vehicle this button ...
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How to get mold smell out of car - 07 Ford Mustang GT

This car sits under a cover for an unfortunate amount of time. It's a 2007 and only has 39,000 miles, if that's any indication. It probably only receives love during the summer and sporadically ...
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1997 ford f150 heater not working properly

I have a 1997 ford f150. New water pump, new thermostat 195°, heater core has been flushed out. Problem is the heat will blow warm for few mins then blow cold air for few mins. What else should we do? ...
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Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?

Have a 2006 Ford Expedition. I had noticed about 6 months ago that every once in a while it would rumble or shake when I was going 45-55 mph and with my foot only lightly on accelerator. Now it ...
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My old Crown Vic will not hold coolant. It runs straight through. Can't get to mechanic til jan. 1st

I just want to know if I can use my car only for emergencies up until I can get it checked on 1 January. If it is going to be alright just sitting there, or do I need to run antifreeze through there ...
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Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).
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spark plug problem in service

I took my car in for a routine annual service at a local garage. During the service, a piece of debris from a broken spark plug fell into the engine. The garage says it was 'just one of those things' ...
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Coolant disappears from coolant reservoir but no leak observed

I just replaced the water pump in my 2005 Ford Escape V6. I discovered that each time I fill the coolant reservoir with coolant and drive the car, by my next stop the coolant reservoir will be ...
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Battery light flickering

For the past 2 weeks my battery light has been flickering when ever the engine is turned on. It happens pretty constantly. about every 10 minutes or so, the power seems to cut out for half of a second,...
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Driver side front inside door handle does not work on a 1998 Ford Contour LX

The driver side front inside door handle and lock tab are not working on a 1998 Ford Contour LX I'm working on. There is no tension on either part. The only way to lock the door is from the outside ...
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Screeching noise when attempting to start car

I have a Ford Bantam 1.3l pickup (South African) with 31 000 km on the clock. This morning when I tried to start the car (cold start), it made a loud scratching/screeching noise (like when turning ...
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Car not accelerating and over revving

I have a Ford Fiesta 2010 Diesel 1.4. Recently the car has been struggle to accelerate when the gas pedal is being pressed. The engine still roars and the indicator will shoot up, but the car just ...
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Broken window crank handle

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with manual windows that has partially broken crank handles on both sides in front. The knob you grip while rotating the handles has broken off, which makes it ...
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What part of the headlight is this called?

Hi there. There is a light bulb in the very top right hand corner of this light and I dont know what it would be called as it isn't classed as a headlight Any help would be appreciated