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If your friend is moving your vehicle without your consent and does so deliberately your friend is committing a crime. Vehicle theft. If you are asleep when this happens then consent was not given. I would suggest that you have a police officer have a long discussion with this individual about this. If this individual when moving your vehicle hits another ...


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I'll make it very simple for you, Dave. Just remove the relay highlighted, in yellow, from the diagram above. This goes to the starter.


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Remove the publicly available key. Make one copy of the key for each person or household who needs to be able to move the car. Give a key to each person and have them sign an agreement that they will not loan their key to anyone else. If the individual is still able to move the car, he probably made an unauthorized copy, in which case you should contact ...


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It looks to me as the battery has been boiled, meaning the alternator overcharged it. This has several implications: If the alternator overcharged it, then it will do so again. If this is the case, you need to have the alternator tested to ensure the internal regulator is fully functioning. Overcharging is as bad (or worse) than undercharging. You can do a ...


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As stated in other answers, you really need to get your new housemate to start listening to you. If he doesn't respect your property, do you really want him living with you? With regards to the vehicle, your simplest solution is unplugging something on the ignition side. Historically, you could unplug the king lead (from the coil to the distributor) but ...


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Rough or slow gear engagement (as mentioned in the comments) could indicate that the shift solenoids are having trouble actuating due to the dirty fluid. As racefever suggested, you should change the filter, but other than having to buy new fluid, I personally don't see any reason not to change the fluid at the same time. I would go ahead and change the ...


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Ok, let's break this down a bit. A/C systems have two basic modes: Outside air Recirculate When you are in outside air mode, the vehicle will allow air from outside the cabin to enter. Recirculate means that the vehicle will mostly use the air already inside of the cabin. Note that both modes allow air to be from both sources. You will get outside air in ...


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The P1506 code is an idle air control overspeed error. From autocodes.com: The P1506 code means that the engine idle is out of factory specification. Sometimes the Idle Air Control (IAC) may have carbon built up. Disconnect the car battery, remove the valve, clean, re-install valve, and drive the vehicle for about 5 minutes with the headlights and A/C ON to ...


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Remove fuse #26 (Brake-shift interlock) and the starter relay. This will prevent the "friend" from starting the car, and will also prevent the "friend" from simply putting it in neutral and pushing it (The Brake-Shift interlock fuse being removed will prevent the shifter from being moved out of "Park"). Most people haven't got the slightest clue about fuse ...


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It's possible to cause valve damage if the engine is hot and cold air is sucked up into the exhaust (by backpressure when the throttle is closed). However, you'd have to basically disconnect the exhaust right after the exhaust header, or have a cracked exhaust header, for that to happen. So it's extremely unlikely you caused any engine damage. A more real ...


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Is your Explorer 2 or 4 wheel drive? If 2 wheel drive there is no issue at all - the two ends are separate. If 4 wheel drive there is a benefit to swapping all at once, as it reduces any differential slip issues through differing tire diameters, but you can have worse issues from having a tire running at too low pressure. It's not the tread, specifically, ...


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One of 3 things: Spark Plug Wire isn't fully connected Gap on plug is not actually correct Plug wire got damaged I would check the connection. Sometimes spark plug wires can be hard to get in all the way and they don't always make a snapping sound when they go in properly. If that doesn't help, check the gap on the plug. What kind of gap meter are you ...


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Did you check the user reviews at the source of the fuel pumps. When I replaced mine the two cheapest pumps available had awful reviews. They had a lot of quickly failed comments. Have you inspected the inside of the fuel tank for rust or other contamination? The Explorer has a replaceable pump and a whole assemble available. If you are replacing just the ...


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If the tensioner has broken in two you'll need to replace it I'm afraid. They aren't mega bucks for those and bodging it back together is just putting a timebomb in place IMHO.


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Looks like the green eye is leaking a tiny amount of electrolyte and the liquid layer on the battery collects dust. (Those green indicators are almost pointless, but they probably sell the batteries better.) The leak is minor and probably won't affect the battery performance. It is, however, probably enough to cause accelerated corrosion of the battery ...


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Tracy, I've seen bad gasoline contaminate a Heated Exhaust Gas Oxygen (HEGO) sensor. Fill up with gas, five miles later check engine lamp comes on (i.e. a code is set. ) This causes permanent damage to the sensor. But again these failures WILL set a code and turn on the Check Engine light. And you've not mentioned the light coming on. Where are you ...


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I suspect the contacts in the light switch are shorted. In a correctly working switch, In the off position you wouldn't have power on white/light blue or red/yellow. In the park lamp position it would only have power on the white/light blue wire. In the Head lamp position it sends power to the red/and white/light blue wire. If none of these are true than ...


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I would have thought it would be more efficient at first to pull air in from outside as it will initially be cooler than the cabin air. After a few minutes I would change it to MAX AC to recycle the cooler air from inside the cabin, making it even cooler.


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Spoke with ford they said no Disappointed middle seat is horrible design no way a normal person can sit comfortably My recommendation when buying 7 seater take 7 people with you so you can test all seats


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Three things I can think of which haven't been mentioned: Check to ensure there isn't a plastic bag or some other debris which might have become lodged in front of the radiator. May seem obvious, but an obstruction like that can cause a huge reduction in cooling. Get a new radiator cap. If the old one is not allowing for enough pressure to build up, this ...


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If the battery symbol lights up that usually means "Check Alternator". You can confirm this by consulting your vehicle's owner's manual. It is possible for bad alternators to produce too much current. In such situations, most modern cars protect the battery with an overcharge-protection system that stops the current supply from the alternator. This kind of ...


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This condition can be caused by a vacuum leak. Use an automotive safe spray such as carb cleaner to try to find the leak, both visually, and by noting changes in the idle speed depending where you spray it.


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Got to thinking about this being a cold start only issue. You said above 50F you don't have problems. To an engine, 50F is still COLD. So I was thinking why is this a factor. It got me thinking of what could be different below 50F. Rubber seals shrink when it is cold. These engines use o-ring style intake gaskets. Over time they lose their elasticity, ...


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Hide the keys in a different non-obvious place. Tell all your friends the new place where the keys go, except for the one you don't want to move the car.


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All looks very dry. Remove, clean and put some grease or petroleum jelly on the terminals. Otherwise looks very dusty.


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It turned out that the issue was that I had disconnected the battery while working on it. The computer had apparently reset and I hadn't driven it long enough for it to reset/configure/whatevs. Once I drove it for half an hour straight, the engine started running normally again.


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Your fuel pump might be dead or not getting power. I would check that, it's the most likely, and also the fuel filter. I would also check to see if you get spark at the spark plugs.


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As DucatiKiller already said, probably too less coolant in your system. Check if the level is at "full" and definitely not anything underneath "low" on the indicator of the coolant reservoir. Depending on the area where you live, it's better to use coolant with anti-freeze in it. Take care not to overfill it though. You could have a leak in the radiator or ...


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It should be using PWM J1850 protocol as almost all Fords use that one. You can see if it's the PWM by looking at the DLC itself. You'll see the connector which looks like this: It should have metallic contacts in pins 2, 4, 5, 10, and 16. Since the advent of OBDII, almost no vehicle OBDII systems will allow you to jumper pins to get the codes. There are ...


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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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