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  1. Driver's Door Switch

    Maintenance and Repair
    There's a small switch mounted on the bottom of the door latch mechanism. That little Bas_ _ _ clogs with dirt from the latch and the plunger sticks. Disconnect the electrical harness and twist the switch to remove it and reverse to replace it. Watch out for the inner door panel cut...
  2. AC won't stay engaged

    Maintenance and Repair
    MOD says full charge is 2.15-lbs. Sounds overcharged to me. Pressure on low side should drop when compressor kicks in, not rise.
  3. What epoxy for 92 bumper?

    Maintenance and Repair
    You're talking about the bumper cover, not the actual bumper, right? Epoxy won't work--too stiff. It'll crack You can stitch it with one of these. Super price on Astro Pneumatic - 7600 at ToolTopia.com
  4. Experience with aftermarket Headlamp?

    Maintenance and Repair
    Gotta be careful with the Wipe-New product. Yes, it looks good. But all it's doing it putting a gloss over the lens. If paint is peeling off your house and you throw a new coat over the siding without sanding, would you say it's the same as if you sanded first? The wipe on stuff doesn't remove...
  5. Yes Oil Question

    Maintenance and Repair
    5W-20 is the Ford recommended oil for both 3.0 engines. Since they're both 5W, the outside temp has no bearing on whether you choose 5W-20 or 5W-30. Both should flow at the same rate when the engine is cold (Cold is defined as any engine not run for 3 or more hours). On the warm side, 5W-30...
  6. P1633 Error Code

    Maintenance and Repair
    In the 2000 Taurus, fuse 122 powered the KAM memory and the A/C compressor clutch coil. Get a short or excessive current draw in the coil, you blow the fuse and get a P1633 http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/ford-code-p1633/
  7. Can hear an A/C leak near front of compressor. Can they leak there?

    Maintenance and Repair
    If it's coming from the front of the compressor, then the front shaft seal is leaking.
  8. AC relay not kicking in

    Maintenance and Repair
    AC clutch relay control coil gets power from fuse 28 battery junction box. Control coil ground comes from PCM. In order to provide ground, PCM must see good signal from dual pressure switch, evaporator discharge temp sensor, and good signal from engine coolant temp sensor. Start with the dual...
  9. Cheap heater hose assembly replacement options?

    Maintenance and Repair
    That remote hose clamp pliers is a life saver. The spring clamps are supposedly better than worm drive because (theoretically) they allow for expansion and contraction. Worm clamps don't and they're not supposed to be used on any hose that connects to a plastic nipple. I used a Dremel with cut...
  10. Can a Bad Alternator Cause This?

    Maintenance and Repair
    First resolve the low battery issue. It must be at least 12.2 (even that's a bit low). Then, as everyone said, suspect a bad ignition module (TFI) or PIP. Ford had TONS of problems with the TFI and managed to skirt a safety recall for years. Symptoms included driving along and boom, dead. The...
  11. Connection between bad braking and too-tight lug nuts?

    Maintenance and Repair
    Brake pedal pulsation is the #1 cause of brake complaints. It's usually caused by disc thickness variation (incorrectly called warp) and DTV is caused by lateral runout. Lateral runout is caused by two things: improper lug nut torque and rust/crud between the inside of the rotor "hat" and the...
  12. 2007 Vulcan CEL on getting P0420 code

    Maintenance and Repair
    A 420 code is no fun to diagnose. There's a saying that catalytic converters never die on their own, they're always murdered. So first check for impact damage. If there's none, then you have to concentrate on either misfires or leaks (oil, coolant, air). Since your MPG is down, I'd check for...
  13. Getting fleeced at a repair shop, course of action to take?

    Maintenance and Repair
    Labor guide shows 3.0 hrs for rear brake job. And it shows 1.8 hrs for wheel cylinder replacement. But that's only if you're not doing a brake job first. So $350 for labor is actually reasonable. So we can guess that the overheated brakes damaged the wheel cylinders and they leaked. Took a...
  14. play in front wheel. found loose axle nut.

    Maintenance and Repair
    The "sealed" part of the bearing is just the plastic pieces to keep the dirt out and grease in. It plays no part in the importance of preload. I have never personally seen a bearing fail (like the photo I posted) without first making noise. If it were my car I'd replace it. But I also don't...
  15. Antifreeze coolant checking with digital multimeter

    Maintenance and Repair
    The specs I have are: test at operating temp and 2,000 RPM. Anything less than .6-V is good. Don't know where people are coming up with .06-v. And keep in mind that this test is only checking for electrolysis to tell you the condition of the anti-corrosion inhibitors in the coolant. It doesn't...
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