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Truck barely moving in lower gears
Hi. It sounds like your transmission fluid may just be dirty. Dirty transmission fluid can cause the car to hesitate. Check your owner’s manual to see how much transmission fluid is supposed to be used. In most circumstances changing the...
Engine squealing when idling
Hi there. A squealing noise is a common sign that the rotating parts such as your belts are slipping on their pulleys. A worn belt will make this noise due to the loss of tension and gripping ability of the...
Wire came off of starter
Hi, if this is a large diameter wire like a battery cable then it may be the cable to the starter terminal. If it is a smaller wire, it may be a memory wire for the engine controls and things...
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...
Carburetor burning rich
Your carburetor may just need to be setup again, or possibly rebuilt. Your carburetor is probably a Rochester Quadrajet. The plastic float Rochester uses can crack, and therefore, never rise with the fuel level in the bowl, causing too much...
Need to get car running again after sitting
Well that depends on how the car was stored. If the car was stored properly, all that would need to be done is replace the fluids, put some gas in it, and it should be fine. If it was not...
Truck not starting or turning over
Do you know the condition of the battery? Sometimes a battery can be so bad that it will not allow the vehicle to jump start. If the battery is known to be good, the next likely culprit for your concern...
Transmission won't shift and the speedometer stop
The sensor in the center of the rear axle is used for the speedometer and transmission shifting. Remove the sensor and look for excessive metal paste or chunks on the sensor which would mean the rear axle assembly may have...
Motor home dying when slowing
If it was the fuel filter, then the engine would die or lose power while accelerating. I think the problem you are having is with the idle control valve. When the idle control valve is going bad, then your will...
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...
No current to fuel pump
First, I would check the inertia switch. This switch opens on perceived impact and prevents power from getting to the fuel pump. There should be continuity across the switch at all times. If the switch is good, I would check...
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...
It is difficult to shift gears
Unlike newer vehicles that use a cable to connect the shift lever in the car to the transmission, vehicles from your cars era use actual mechanical linkages for this. If the grommets that keep the linkages together and tight get...
Vehicle hard to start
The carburetor on your van may have gotten sediment from the fuel system into it, which causes the jets to get clogged. I recommend having the fuel pump checked to see if it is working properly and sending the right...
1992 Ford F-350 won't start or when it does only drives 20 ft then dies
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1992 Ford F-350. There are a few angles to cover when checking for problems on a stalling vehicle. The fuel pressure must be correct and a clogged fuel filter can lead to...
Cranking no start has spark fuel 38 pulse at fuel injectors
Hi, thanks for writing in. Although you can have a "spark" (appearing on an external test), the plugs could be fouled enough to cause a no start condition, especially if you have tried repeatedly to start the engine and consequently...
Press throttle hesatation press little further and smooths out somewhat
It is possible that you could have an issue with your fuel system. The engine is acting as if it is not getting enough fuel. I would recommend having a qualified technician test your fuel pressure to determine if it...
Does it have a crankshaft piston sensor
There is a technical bulletin, TSB 89-24-9, for a hard start after a short heat soak. The engine control module does not control ignition timing correctly when hot and thermostat lets engine get too hot. The recommendation would be to...

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