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Questions tagged [ford]

US-based multinational carmaker with subsidiaries in Europe and Australia

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proper oil for 1940's era aluminum ford engine

I would like to know the proper oil to use in a Ford GAA engine from around 1945. Could be as late as 1958. From a series of photos of a GAA being restored on Flickr. Currently this engine has all ...
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2005 Ford Taurus - Is it really harmful to use standard antifreeze?

My wife was speaking with a mechanic when she took the car in for a safety and emissions inspection this past week and the mechanic told her that we HAD to take our Ford Taurus to a Ford dealership or ...
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Causes of early clutch failure EXCLUDING driver style

UK 61 plate, Ford Diesel Mondeo Estate, Econetic: clutch replaced at 31,800 miles; failure caused by 'driver style' I use my car daily for commuting and for business. It's supplied to me as a company ...
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Oil burning smell and slow oil leak

I am wondering what types of issues I am most likely looking at with this; My 2003 Ford Escape (V6) has an increasingly pronounced burnt oil smell that has developed slowly over a year or so, coupled ...
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What causes a 20% difference in fuel economy between winter and summer?

I've been keeping track of the fuel my car, a Ford Fiesta Ecoboost 100 hp, uses since the day I got it. In the last three years I've owned it, I've noticed a large (>20%) difference in fuel ...
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Stop Safely Now - P1A0C

We own a 2008 Hybrid and around 70K miles we started having serious unknown problems. Unknown because even the dealer could not figure it out. You would be driving down the highway and the car out of ...
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Are older cars' cigarette lighters the same as modern

Do the Cigarette lighters in the older cars(like my 1986 ford ranger) have the same functionality as modern cars? For example: Should I be able to use a cigarette-lighter adapted phone charger in my ...
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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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Does Ford's heated windscreen/windshield normally drain excessive current?

When getting my battery tested for an issue in this post, the mechanic noted that when my Ford's "quickclear" windscreen heating element was activated and the engine running, the voltage coming from ...
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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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Low voltage at reversing light socket - is it the switch? What else could it be?

The car has a single reversing light in the bumper. The bulb doesn't light at all (tested, also tried spares). Measuring the voltage at the socket I get around 9V with no bulb in the circuit (with ...
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Can I paint my entire Class C RV using fluorescent green and how long will the paint job last

I cannot afford to paint my 30 year old RV (in which I rebuilt the engine and plan on going on a Road Trip around the world!) professionaly ... Can I paint my entire Class C RV using Rustoleum ...
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Where can A/C condenser be located other than in front of radiator?

1953 F-100 w/ 428 Cobra Jet FE motor. I want to spare my grill and avoid putting the condenser in front of the radiator. Plus, it's already a beast to cool in hot weather, and I live in hell. (It's ...
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Tires stick when turning after a car wash

I have a 2010 F-150 that just went through a car wash. After the car wash, I immediately noticed that the turning feels reduced/impaired. Specifically, when I have the steering wheel turned more ...
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Brake fade and spongy brakes at high speeds

I was driving my girlfriends Ford Fiesta last week and it started to experience brake fade. It always happened after driving the car at higher speeds over 100kmh (60 MPH). The brake pedal became ...
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Ford F150 broken spark plug removal

I have a friend that has a 2003 F150 V8 3 valve V8 motor, when he went to change the spark plugs some of them broke off. How do you remove the part that is still in the head? Here is what a new one ...
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Estimate for head removal / reinstall

In changing the spark plugs in my 2000 Ford Mustang GT (4.6L), I sheared one of them (number 3) The ceramic is totally removed, as is the hex nut. The threaded portion as well as the ground electrode ...
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Power loss in truck - triage options?

I've asked at least one question about my specific situation earlier, but at this point, I'm looking for information on how to operate in triage mode, my primary goal is to get my truck working well ...
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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it? [closed]

A person at my house continually moves my 2002 Ford Explorer from the driveway to the street without permission. The key is shared and must remain easily accessible. Personal issues aside, is there a ...
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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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Driving electric cars through large pools of water

The state of California is expected to be hit by a large storm in the coming days and there are frequently clogged drains in my town. I have an electric vehicle that seemed to handle driving through ...
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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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My vents randomly switch between face / windshield… how do I fix this?

I have a 1998 Ford Windstar (more details on demand if necessary.) I rarely use any vent setting besides "face", and I try to avoid using AC because my gas mileage is already lousy. About two months ...
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Do power steering hoses just burst randomly or is it usually caused by installation error?

Power steering pump went out 10 months ago. Took it to Pep Boys where they replaced it. Today, while driving, the power steering goes out again.... It was explained to me at Pep Boys that the power ...
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Mazda B3000 (Ranger) Truck takes several tries to start?

I have a 2002 Mazda B3000 (essentially a Ford Ranger) that almost never starts on the first attempt. Usually it takes 2 or 3 tries before the car finally turns over. Each time I hold in the crank I ...
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Fixing headlight that keeps blowing fuses

My problem The 10 amp fuse for the right headlight on my 2001 Ford Escort keeps blowing so I presume I have a short to ground somewhere between the fuse block and headlight. What I have tried I ...
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Ford Econoline Van AC Failing

If the vents start putting out hot air when accelerating or driving up hills but are ice cold when idling, is that a sign of a failing blower pump or leak? I am dealing with a Ford Econoline E350. ...
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Ford Tractor 5600

This is a older tractor. My question relates to the fuel system. The older fuel injectors don't have any external seals? All of them seat and 3 don't leak but one does. I was looking for a seal but ...
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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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Where can I drill a hole in my Ford key?

I have a key (for a 2006 Ford Focus), and the bit that attaches it to the keyring has broken off. I could fix this by drilling a hole in it, and attaching the keyring to that. But it's got some ...
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What is this? maybe a sensor?

I discovered this loose tape connector while fixing a coolant hose by the heater matrix. There are two more of these attached to the very bottom of the windscreen glass on each end, the loose one ...
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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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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

I just bought a 1988 foxbody and I'm currently working on restoring it and then maybe in the future do some engine improvements. I've had many people tell me to avoid this, as my car isn't going to ...
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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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Head gasket sealer or head gasket replace

So, I posted here and ultimately decided the mechanic was lying to me. It turns out I was wrong. Overheating at idle - mechanic says head gasket The immediate overheating issue WAS due to the broken ...
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2004 Ford Escape battery light comes on intermittently - what likely cause(s) are there?

I have a 2004 Ford Escape Limited on which the battery light has been coming on randomly for varying amounts of time while the vehicle is in active operation. I have checked the battery cables and ...
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When driving car at 100-120km/h steering wheel starts to vibrate

I drive a Ford Fiesta which has clocked 110 000km total. When I cross 100-120km/h on a smooth road, the steering wheel starts to vibrate, and the vibration reduces when I reduce my speed. I guessed ...
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Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away

I have an Australia-built Ford Falcon which has a 4.0L multi-point fuel injected straight 6 and is manual. I rebuilt the head in the car myself last year (blown head gasket) and it has been running ...
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Should I change transmission fluid if it's black?

I bought a vehicle couple of weeks ago. I checked the transmission fluid today, and noticed it was black. Should I be worried and immediately go change it? Part of me wants to get it changed since I ...
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Fixing wheel runout after “detour” through ditch

I recently took a detour through a ditch on the way to work. There was a lot of snow there which made itself known - my car and it got along pretty well but as far as I'm concerned, they need to ...
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Steering ratio for European Ford Focus Mk2 (2004-2010)

What is the steering ratio for the European Ford Focus Mk2 that was in production between 2004-2010? I can not find it anywhere... I need it for a research project. There is somewhat relevant answer ...
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Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4.6 V8 2003 automatic rpm goes high

When driving, sometimes when I want stop the vehicle, I go to press the brakes, but that time engine rpm goes high, keeping brakes pressed hard, after 5 second engine becomes normal. It goes high when ...
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ABS Pump motor disassembly

I have the strong suspicion that the motor of the ABS Pump is not working anymore in my Ford Transit 2.2L (2008). So I want to remove the motor and check the carbon brushes. As I see it the motor ...
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Replacement ford fiesta radiator has extra hose

I own a ford fiesta mk6 car. I recently bought a replacement radiator. Unfortunately I think its for an older model or different variant (ST150?) Is it possible to use the new radiator in my old ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor showing codes P0053, P0054, P0059 and P0060

I have replaced all 4 oxygen sensors and OBD II code still shows codes P0053, 54, 59, and 60. What could be causing this and how do I fix it? The O2 sensors have 2 white and 2 black wires. Exactly ...
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Hissing sound near brake pedal, stops on brake pedal press

I drive a Ford Fiesta Classic, 2008 model, clocked over 97k kms. Yesterday, When I left office at night, the surrounding was very silent and I observed a hissing sound coming from near the pedals ...
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Should I replace my own oxygen sensor if i have a Check Engine Light and Code P2195?

My 2003 focus lx 2.0L L4 SOHC ~18,000 miles has had the engine light so i went to autozone to read the code. Autozone obd2 printout says "P2195 lack of heated oxygen sensor- Bank 1 Sensor 1 HO2S11 ...
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2004 Ford Focus engine cover would not budge after all screws are removed

I have a 2004 Ford Focus SE 2.0L. There’s some oil leak on the engine. A mechanic told me it could be the engine valve gasket being cracked (the car is pretty old and never had a valve gasket change). ...