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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford F-250
When it comes to large, heavy-duty pickup trucks, the 2012 Ford F-250 only has two competitors – the Chevrolet Silverado HD and the Dodge Ram 2500/3500. Though the F-250 doesn’t outperform the Ram in...

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squealing, losing power
Hello. From the symptoms you describe, it sounds like you may have some sort of mechanical failure. A squealing sound can be caused by many things, but none really that should cause your vehicle to lose power, unless the sound...
Gas filler neck rejects fuel immediately.
Your fuel neck has a restriction in the hose. The filler neck has a big hose on the out side and a smaller hose on the inside. If someone tried to siphon gas from your truck they may have knocked...
Transfer case show 4x4 high when put into 4x4 low
Make sure that the truck is in park or neutral when shifting to 4x4 low. If it is, and you're still getting this problem, you can try driving forward a bit to see if it engages in low gear. But...
Truck won't start & repair shop says battery is ok
If the battery goes dead after 5 minutes of running the radio, then it is a weak battery. A full battery test and charging system test needs to be done with a proper system tester. You most likely have a...
While driving, car will stall
You will need to have the charging system and battery system checked to see if the alternator is putting out enough volts and amperage to recharge the batteries. The alternator is the most common failure to correct the problem for...
Low beams are very dim and blinkers are very bright
You are only seeing the daytime running lights possibly. The headlight switch is not working internally and may need to be replaced. I recommend having the system tested by a mechanic to see if the bulbs you put in are...
White smoke expelled from exhaust
The excessive fuel condition is from the exhaust regeneration system malfunctioning and should be diagnosed following updated diagnostic procedures for the check engine codes received. Follow technical service bulletin 09-10-02 for an updated procedures directive.
Starting, only clicks
The first to do is to make sure the engine turns by putting a socket and breaker bar on the crankshaft pulley bolt and turning the motor. If the motor turns, then you know it is in the wiring. Follow...
Not start on its own
Either the starter is defective, the flywheel teeth are broke off, or there is not enough power getting to the starter to engage it and turn it. Try checking if your battery power is getting to the starter with full...
The high beams won't work, and when I try to turn them on, all my other lights dim bright and the motor bogs down a little
Hi, thanks for writing in. The power for the headlights run through the switch on this truck (vs using relays to get full 12v to the bulbs. So the switch, or its connector plug has probably failed and must be...
Will my transmission swap work?
The 1988 F250 had a S5-42 manual transmission and the 1996 had a S5-47 transmission. The two transmissions are different models and may have different gearing inside. The difference may also be one that is from a 2-wheel drive, and...
I am trying to locate the headlight adjuster for my pickup but I can't find it
There is an adjuster on the outside, near the top of light. You may have to remove the trim panel to get to it. The other is located behind the light on the inside. It is on a long rod...
I am swapping transmissions
You may need to look at how the 1996 bolted up and how the 1988 bolted up. If the 1996 bolts up the same as the 1988 did then use the newer design. You may find they are close to...
I'm on the side of the road, the tension pulley bolt came loose now it won't go back in
Look at the threads to see if the bolt is left hand threads, or standard right hand threads. If the threads are damaged, then use a thread chaser to clean them out. If the pulley bearings seized, it may have...
Blew bunch white smoke and radiator drained
White smoke and water out of the exhaust can be caused by either the intake of head gaskets. The intake will have to be removed whether to replace the intake gasket or the head gaskets so it will be part...
I crossed the lines on one of the new batteries & SPARK went the post, I screwed the pooch...
I have seen many different outcomes when it comes to hooking the battery up backwards. If you disconnected the cables as soon as you hooked them up wrong you should not need to replace the battery. Once you hook up...
Transmission problem
The VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) is most likely bad and needs to be replaced. The reason that the transmission shifts almost normally with it disconnected is due to the computer is using a failure memory to substitute for the shift...
Idles high randomly
The only thing that can cause the engine to run this high of an idle is a vacuum leak and a misadjusted throttle body. Try having the engine checked to see where the vacuum leak is. The most common area...
Hesitation at RPMs lower than 2000
The vehicle may have unmetered air entering the engine, which is air entering the tubes between the mass airflow sensor and the throttle body. If there are no leaks, then the fuel trims in the data would need to be...
When driving at a steady rpm or passing speed, my truck hiccups really bad. I replaced the valve cover gaskets&harnesses already.
Hello. From what you described, it appears that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of misfires. This can be caused by a few things. However, if the valve cover and harness have been replaced then they are likely not...

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