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  1. Weird Speedometer Problem

    Maintenance and Repair
    MikeF12, Could you give a little more info on the two sensors? My son's 1999 SE with Duratec has intermittant trans issues. No DTC's, itsometimes fails to shift and sometimes it drops down a gear around 60 mph. I was going to change the VSS but the speedometer always works fine when this is...
  2. Steering will not return to center

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    Alignment is probably way out after doing the struts. Have it aligned. Ed
  3. O2 sensors

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    tbm, This may cause some argument but it is my opinion so take it or leave it. All Oxygen Sensors work the same way. They are designed to produce .1 to .5 volts. It goes back to Form, Fit and Function. The function is the same no matter who makes it. The only difference is how it is mounted...
  4. A/C stops blowing under engine load

    Maintenance and Repair
    Russ, Yes it is a vacuum problem. When your engine is under load as going up the hill your vacuum will drop normally. There is a vacuum accumalator to help take care of this. I believe it is located under the passenger fender area and looks like a round plastic ball with vacuum hoses going to...
  5. Still high LTFT after replacing LIM and UIM Gaskets...

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    Nate, A stethoscope is not too good for hearing air leaks. Take an unlit propane torch, brake cleaner or starting fluid and spray around the area you suspect. If there is a leak there the engine should run a little different. My leak must have been small because the engine really didn't change...
  6. car stops when start to fill fuel

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    Once when I was trying to find vacuum leaks on my son's car, I loosened the gas gap and the car cut off instantly. I don't remember if it set any kind of code. What happens is you are creating a massive vacuum leak and the car just can't adjust to it that fast. I think it is normal and ignore...
  7. Brake pedal switches

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    Playing around with my son's 1999 se DOHC. Cruise control has not worked for ever. Tried the selftest and the light on the dash doesn't even come on. Looked up the wiring and it shows two switches, one to turn on the rear brake ights (they work fine) and another switch that disengages the cruise...
  8. LH or RH tread on long bolt/shaft extension that is attached to harmonic balancer

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    Steve, I hope you get it done. While you are at this stage, I woould change the VSS before putting the engine back in. I wish I had, it is only $20.00 and a pain to change in the car. You may want to change the O2 sensors also if you can afford it. What I am trying to say is go through and...
  9. LH or RH tread on long bolt/shaft extension that is attached to harmonic balancer

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    In looking at your picture again I noticed that your engine is not in the car unless that is a file picture. I would cut that shaft right at the hexhead part of the shaft and then haul it to a truck stop and slip aguy a few dollars to hit it with one off their bada$$ impact guns.
  10. LH or RH tread on long bolt/shaft extension that is attached to harmonic balancer

    Maintenance and Repair
    I sent you a private message but in case someone else has this problem. The belt drive pulley, the bracket and that shaft bolt that screws into the harmonic balancer is one assembly and can not be taken apart and repaired. It is "REVERSE THREADED" so you have to turn it "CLOCKWISE" to take it...
  11. Weird brake problem.

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    Sheila, I have drums in the back. Ed
  12. Weird brake problem.

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    I may not have been clear. It is more of a pulsing (exactly like a warped rotor)) than a vibration and it is only when applying the brakes. I didn't have much time today but I jacked the front wheels and did the 3 o'clock and 6 oclock and 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock push and pull and it seemed...
  13. Weird brake problem.

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    I have been driving my son's 99 SE with DOHC. Disk brakes up front and pa ds in the rear. I was going to do some maintenace on it this weekend but the weather has not cooperated. Anyway one of the many things I was going to check out was a bad vibration when applying brakes. It is exactly like a...
  14. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    Thank you Sheila, I must have looked up the wrong part. I want to thank you for all the help you gave me and others. Even when I am not working on my car I like to read the forum and you are always ready to help. I hope good karma comes your way. It is supposed to be 70% chance of rain here so I...
  15. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    Sheila, I live in Florida. Where have you found that sensor for $20.00? I have called a few places and they want 50.00 on up. Thanks. I have a 40.oo credit at Autozone I have been saving, may have to use it. Ed
  16. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    Went to a local shop and had them hook up their scanner. I stood right next to him and watched. No codes for the transmission at all. Only had 171 and 174 that I was already aware of. We took it for a test drive and it failed to shift out of first like it has for me unless you let up on gas. He...
  17. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    I didn't do anything to make it drop out. I was cruising at a steady speed of about 65 and the overdrive kicked out. It gets your attention as you think the transmission just let go. Ed
  18. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    On the way in to work today, at about 60 mph the overdrive kicked out and rpms went up (of course) then it re-engaged. I am definantly going to the shop on the way home to get codes read. Shelia, is this also a possible sign of the VSS? I have read your posts on how to change it coming down...
  19. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    Topped off the fluid and will see how it acts tomorrow. I do plan on getting it scanned before going any farther. Just trying to do some research so I know what to do when I get a firm diagnosis. I didn't think about the Trans Range switch. It selects each range. It is one of the easiest this to...
  20. 1999 AX4N trouble

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    Hi Everybody, Thanks for any advice you could throw my way. 1999 DOHC with AX4N. When engine is cold trans works fine. After about 20 miles, leaving a stop trans won't shift out of first. I let off the gas and after the rpms come down it shifts and then okay from there. Fluid is clean and on...
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