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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...
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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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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...
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water temp gauge doesn't work
The temperature sensor should be tested to see if it is within specifications. If you disconnect the sensor the gauge should go all the way to hot. If you short the sensor wire the gauge will go to cold. This...
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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. This can be caused by a bad spark plug, but it can also be caused by a bad sensor such as...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Car not moving when in drive
The shift linkage in the steering will wear over time which will cause it to either break in the column and/or comes loose on the bottom of the steering column. The column will have to be checked to see which...
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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...
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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 is illuminated or not. This engine has a large history of ejecting spark plugs out of the...
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Stall
Hi there. There are a lot of things that can cause this. I would need to know when it turns off and what size engine you have to be accurate on my assessment of the issue. If the van is...
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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 and change all of the spark plugs and wires first. Then check for vacuum leaks on the engine with a vacuum gauge. If the vacuum gauge...
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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 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 should...
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I put a new battery in my van went to crank it up and its completely dead. Do i need a new alternator?
This may be a sign of a failing voltage regulator, a failing alternator or possibly a bad ground connection. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging...

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