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Ford Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Car Program
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The truck will go in reverse fine, but at every stop the transmission acts like it's in neutral. I have to rev the engine to get i
A faulty shift solenoid, and/or internal mechanical faults that cause clutch slippage, will usually set a trouble code and the check engine light will come on. Check for stored trouble codes but if there are no stored codes, a scan...
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New brake pads worn down twice in a month ruining new rotor
Hi there. Thanks for taking time to contacting us today. There are typically three reasons why brake pads will wear excessively as you've described. First, if the wrong components are used or installed incorrectly, if the brake calipers are not...
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Wont start in park but will start in neutral
You may have a worn shift tube bushing in the steering column or loose shift lever at bottom of steering column inside van. Check the tube where shift cable connects to column and may need shift tube replaced.
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On my 2009 Ford Escape, the steering wheel vibrates/shakes harshly when car is turned on & continues while in P, D, R, N, all gear
Hi Tiffany. Thanks for contacting us today. There are several moving parts that comprise the steering and suspension system on your Ford Escape. One or a few of them could be loose or damaged and be causing this issue. However,...
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Motion sensors for accident avoidance gives false positives
Be sure all sensor elements are clean and unobstructed. According to surveying carried out by "Consumer Reports", the Ford system is among the more reliable in the industry so, based on your description, the accident avoidance system is malfunctioning. The...
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I have 2003 ford ranger 4wd, 150K miles. A month ago, i had the battery, fuel filter and fuel pump replaced. Yesterday it would no
Starters sometimes develop "bad spots" on the armature (of the starter motor). That causes intermittent, unreliable operation just like what you are experiencing. The problem is easily diagnosed and the solution can be implemented at the same time (install a...
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why does my transmission shift hard from 2nd to 3rd
Hi Samuel. Thanks for contacting us tonight. In this case, I would tend to agree with the transmission specialist. The 2009 Ford Fusion and Focus (along with a few other years) are notorious for having a rather aggressive shifting automatic...
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2004 Ford Explorer stuck in 4x4 high
Faults in the tires and wheel bearing are not related to the failure to shift out of high. Wheel bearing service can be scheduled at YourMechanic's wheel bearing repair service page. Some reported fixes for failure to switch between high...
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Starting a engine without transmission installed
If the starter bolts to the transmission bell housing, that component would have to be re-installed. If the starter bolts to the engine block, then you can use the starter as is to start the engine. However, it is likely...
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I need a part identified
The part in the picture looks like it is the PIP sensor also called cam sensor. The sensor is located in the top of the engine in front of intake manifold and is used to provide a cam signal to...
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Replaced right side shock absorber know tire rubs lateral arm 2006 Ford five hundred
To determine the exact fault, as well as why this has occurred, the vehicle will have to be inspected first hand. There are too many possibilities, and too many components to inspect, to speculate without seeing exactly what you have....
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When in high RPMs engine drops in power and feels like it’s misfiring
A real time scanner is necessary to look at actual engine operating data and that will usually reveal enough clues to pinpoint the fault. Although the throttle control system is a common trouble area with reduced power or loss of...
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Changed starter on 95 Ford Thunderbird. When connecting neg cable to battery, starter engages.
It is possible that the signal wire for the starter was hooked up on the same ring as the positive lead from the battery. This would cause the issue you are experiencing. I would recheck your starter connections to ensure...
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Traction Control light cuts on and off and my car will not accelerate over 40mph
If the traction control light has come on, there may be stored trouble codes and those codes will help resolve this. The loss of power you are experiencing may just be coincidental to the rear brake work. If the rear...
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Severe grinding noise when accelerating on right side of front of vehicle. Video of wheel: https://youtu.be/nEgo_9Brw0c
Hi Chris. Thanks for contacting us and posting the video - it's a huge help. Here is the bad news you don't want to hear - it's likely a wheel bearing. They should be replaced in pairs, so you'll want...
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I have a 2000 Ford Ranger with a blown head gasket. I put some thing called fiberlock that is a head gasket
Darlene: It is a fable. The only approved repair for a head gasket leak on your vehicle, according to the exhaustive instructions provided by Ford Motor Company in the Factory Service Manual, is to remove the old gasket and replace...
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1992 Ford Ranger 2.3 l 5 speed manual swap to 302 Ford with 5-speed manual but engines from 1981 is it do able
The swap is possible but it is impractical especially if you intend to register the vehicle for use on public roads. The alteration in weight will require suspension/alignment modifications that will have to be engineered. Even prior to doing this...
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I need a diagram to where all the vacuum hoses go on a 2001 ford escape 3.0
Hi Christopher. Thanks for the question today. Unfortunately, we can't help you here, since we can't attach files or images to this platform. You should contact a local Ford dealership service or parts department, as they should be able to...
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The other day I was driving my 2003 Ford 500 limited and the whole car began to shake it didn’t feel like it was shifting right
It sounds like you might be having an electrical issue. I would recommend having your alternator inspected by a qualified professional to determine if it is functioning properly. Alternator failures can cause multiple electrical symptoms that are abnormal.
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My f150 bogs down to about 400 rpms when I put in reverse or drive and instantly goes back to normal idle
I would recommend having the transmission fluid flushed and replace fluid. The solenoids may need to be replaced if they are sticking.

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