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Headaches when driving older pickup truck

The shop vac can barely run because of the back pressure when hooked up the the tailpipe. If there is a severe exhaust restriction it could explain the presence of fumes in the cabin: if the engine ...
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Can y’all help me out. I have no idea what I’m doing

From your description, it sounds like you have a plugged catalytic converter. The glowing red exhaust pipe and lack of power is what would clue me to that.
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Headaches when driving older pickup truck

Seeing as how the vehicle is over 20 years old, I'm doubting you are getting outgassing. That should have occurred a long time ago. If you drive with the window open to ensure fresh air flow, does the ...
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Side effects of small amount dirt from spark plug well

tl dr; I'm sure minimal damage (if any) would occur from this, but there really is no telling. A small amount of dirt would usually not cause an issue. It also depends on the size of the dirt. Most "...
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1967 Ford F100 miles per gallon

On most vehicles, the larger the engine the more fuel it burns. The 5.8L size is the displacement (or swept volume) of all the cylinders (eight in your case) added up. When the cylinders fill with the ...
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What is this connector piece called coming from radiator?

You don't have to replace the metal collet (crimped part) with a new one. Just replace the hose and put a jubilee clamp (worm gear hose clamp) in its place. Easy peasy and a whole lot less money. The ...
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Driving on bad wheel bearing 04 F-150

I agree this sounds more like a brake pad issue than a wheel bearing issue. The main reason is, with a wheel bearing issue, you will feel it more than you'll hear it. When the wheel bearing is bad ...
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Headaches when driving older pickup truck

Since you qualified the exhaust system has no leaks, check the erg tube for leaks, also check the exhaust manifold gaskets if it has them, between manifold and cylinder head. Also check for oil leaks ...
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Why is there no air flow thru my heater core?

Air flow in the heater box is not in the direction I originally thought. Having found a diagram, I was able to determine the air is passed thru the AC evaporator core all the time. Then, depending ...
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Ford F-150 (2011, 5.0L) wobbling pulley and rattle

I'm not familiar enough with that engine to say for sure, but the circled pulley might be the water pump. The wobbling is not a good sign, it indicates that a bearing is failing. There are four ...
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Driving on bad wheel bearing 04 F-150

Sounds more like brake pads are worn out. But with the possible safety issues I would agree with the other answer or comment that this should be looked at by someone knowledgeable ASAP.
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Possible fuel filler leak in F-150 truck

Following up with the resolution: I was right about the diagnosis. The rubber hose joining the filler neck to the fuel tank was deteriorated and cracked. The same was true of the vapor return hose. ...
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How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?

Testing Coolant is pretty easy using specific gravity. A tester has several balls that have slightly different densities. Different balls will float depending on the concentration. You want to test ...
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Estimated labor hours for transmission replacement

Remove & Replace on an 4x4 Automatic is 6.6hrs. This doesn't include fluid fill or any other maintenance work like the filter so add another .5 hrs or so.
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1994 Ford F150 coming back to life

As Paulster2 stated, but before you put the spark plugs back in, spin the engine over on the starter and get the oil pumped around the system so it does not start as dry. Over 5 years most of the oil ...
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What's this yellow paste I found when I attempted to add oil?

That looks like quite a bit more than the linked questioner had. I'd say head gasket failure, but if you only do short trips then it's possible that it's simply condensation. Take it out on the ...
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Front wheel bearings integral to rotor assembly

It isn't integral with the rotors, but the bearings are integral with the hub itself. It comes as a unit, which attaches to the steering knuckle. The rotor is separate and attaches over the lugs (...
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Ford F150 quirk

TL DR: This isn't how it's supposed to be. They should be the same from side to side ... however ... However, stuff happens. As Solar Mike aluded to, things happen on the assembly line which can give ...
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Can I use wider tires on my truck?

Can they be installed on your vehicle? Absolutely. I think without too much of an impact. The 265 tires themselves will be about an inch wider (3cm = ~1.19"). That's not a huge amount. ...
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1996 Ford F150 (OBD2) fails AZ emissions due to "disabled" EVAP

As @Paulster2 suspected, there was no issue. Just to show effort, I did replace some dry hoses and the purge valve, which had no effect on the OBD readings. I took it back to the referee and there ...
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What is this connector piece called coming from radiator?

I do like Paulster2's answer, but... That hose nearly 30 years old. If the leak is as simple as a weak crimp, you would just cut the aluminum ferrule off, cut and remove the rubber hose, and plan on ...
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Possible fuel filler leak in F-150 truck

There is a MUCH easier way to resolve this issue. I know this post is older, but admins, please advise future repairs to give this much easier method a try. Drop the exhaust on the truck/van, and ...
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1981 ford f350 New duraspark kills the power

It sounds like you have got a bad connection some where. The old ignition module is drawing no current, so when you turn on your ignition there is enough voltage to operate any relays you are turning ...
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All warning lights came on, the odometer did not.

This can be the key cylinder switch or the harness connector at the other end. These are known to come loose. Find the large harness coming off the key cylinder and follow it all the way to the ...
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Inconsistent warm engine tick sound in 2013 F-150

1. I have been idling my car a lot and sometimes used the cheapest gas from some no-name gas stations. Exhaust parts can heat and cool dramatically from working to idling causing the cool-down "tick"....
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Steering wheel vibration after changing mounts on a 2002 Ford F150 4.2L V6

I would perform the same test to check for bad engine mounts, in the first place. Place your foot on the brake, engine in gear, and give it a bit of gas. Through the gap under the [raised] hood, ...
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Headaches when driving older pickup truck

I had similar in my 1977 Volkswagen Polo and traced the problem to the combination of an overcharging alternator and a hole in the battery compartment meaning gasses from the battery were coming into ...
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Headaches when driving older pickup truck

Check for rust holes in your cab. Even pinhole leaks can admit exhaust gases. Look for small holes in your firewall, or degraded rubber gaskets for cables, wires, etc., as they pass through the ...
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1997 ford f150 heater not working properly

Your coolant is not flowing. A stuck thermostat is likely. Bad water pump is also possible. Make sure your serpentine belt is installed properly.
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Recommended 100k mile maintenance

Here is a link with the recommended maintenance schedule http://www.ford-trucks.com/how-tos/a/ford-f150-basic-maintenance-schedule-359521 Here is a screenshot of the 100K maintenance recommendations ...
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