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Spark plug popping out

Hello. This is a common problem on the Ford modular V8. The new spark plug won't stay because the threads are stripped out. There are two repairs: 1) drilling, and installing a threaded insert into the head for the spark...

I bought a new battery from Walmart 2 months ago to replace the one I had. I went out to crank my van and it struggled to start.

If the battery is dead (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/battery-is-dead-inspection) and it is only 2 months old then return it for replacement. Once you install the battery you should have the charging system checked by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic. The charging system...

Overdue for an oil change. Now the car won't run without foot on the gas.

Hi - first task is to get oil back up to level - then check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine Light (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/check-engine-light-is-on-inspection) is illuminated or not. This engine has a large history of ejecting spark plugs out of...

The engine has no power and shakes a lot

Hello. If the engine is shaking that bad and has no power, then it may have a bad misfire (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-can-problems-with-the-ignition-system-cause-misfiring_2). This can be caused by a bad spark plug (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/spark-plugs-replacement), but it can also be caused by a bad sensor...

Brake light bulb sockets fried & melted

Hello there, when bulbs are required to be replaced multiple times like this, there are a few common causes. The most likely would be moisture in the taillight, short-to-power, wiring damage, or a faulty taillight assembly. Generally this is seen...

Difficult to control in wind and veers above 60 mph

Hello there. This sounds like a more unusual situation. Ford uses the rollover stability control system as an additional safety feature to help prevent rollovers. A bit of body movement in normal wind speeds would not be abnormal. It should...

Van bogging down

The engine in these vehicles have too many possible problems to give you one or two but more than a dozen possible causes for the runs rough lack of power. I will give you the top two that stand out...

Battery over charging new alternator new voltage regulator and new battery

Hey Joe. Thanks for sending the question today. When an alternator is reading higher than it should, there are three possible sources. Either the ECU which controls the production of the alternator is damaged, the alternator itself has an inner...

Violent surging from rough idle after cleaning throttle body and putting in gas

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. You may want to perform a tune-up (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/tune-up) and change all of the spark plugs (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/spark-plugs-replacement) and wires (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/ignition-cable-spark-plug-wires-replacement) first. Then check for vacuum leaks on the engine with a vacuum gauge. If...

Gas tank's fuel pump stops pumping fuel randomly. Both fuel pumps are new, gas tank is clean, and a new fuel filters were installed.

Hello. The first thing to check when you have complete failure of the unit is the power supply. If the wiring going to the pump is loose or has a short somewhere, the power wont be delivered or will be...

I was driving home and came to a stop light and it just stalled and refuse to start.

From what you've described, there may be a piece of carbon lodged in the EGR valve. This can cause a stall and hard start conditions. This accounts for the vehicle having fuel pressure and spark still. Try to see if...

Steering problem due to ball joints not properly broken in

Hello there, most modern vehicles use a variable rate steering assist system. This varies the amount of effort that it takes to turn the wheel based on the speed and demand. In most cases, if the steering shaft had issues,...

I'm looking for the heater blower fuse (30 amp)

The 1991 E250 Econoline does not use a fuse, but a blue fusible link wire that is off of the yellow wire, which comes off of the power side of the starter relay on the fender. This then goes straight...

Loose steering causing engine to stop

Hello. If you are referring to the steering lock pin that locks the steering wheel in place when the key is turned off, then this can cause the engine to stall as it can also affect the ignition switch. If...

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