Jul 132016
 

1997 Ford ExpeditionWhen I bought this truck last week, it had a kill button installed on the dash. Today when I pushed the button twice nothing happened. I checked the fuses, and tried again. It started but kept grinding and trying to start, so I turned it off. Now it wont start again. What should I look for?


RESPONSE

Not sure why it would need a kill button? If you are having trouble with the starting system use the wiring diagram below to check your system. You may need to remove this aftermarket item and put it back the way it is supposed to be. If I had to guess. the starter motor relay or the starter itself is causing an issue.

When the ignition switch is turned to the START position, the starter motor solenoid relay switch is energized connecting the battery to the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid moves the drive lever and pin (11067) to engage the starter drive with the flywheel ring gear and connects the battery to the starter motor.

Starting system wiring diagram 1997 Ford Expedition

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Jul 132016
 

2006 Ford FocusCan a serpentine belt burn up because of alternator may be bad ac compressor lock up or burn up on my 2006 Ford Focus?


RESPONSE

Yes. If the compressor or alternator is locked up the belt will great a large amount of friction as it slides over the pulley and burn the belt.

Belt Tensioner

Automatic tensioners are calibrated to provide the correct amount of tension to the belt for a given accessory drive system. Unless a spring or damping band within the tensioner assembly breaks or some other mechanical part of the tensioner fails, there is no need to check the tensioner for correct tension.

How to replace the serpentine belt on a 2006 Ford Focus

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Jul 112016
 

2008 Ford TaurusSometimes acts as though it does not want to move after coming to a stop and trying to turn left.


RESPONSE

Possibly a sticking brake caliper. Without touching the wheels, see if one is particularly hot. This would be an indication to look for. Touching the wheel may cause you to get burned. Be careful. You may also want to put the vehicle on jack stands. Turn the steering wheel and see if anything is rubbing or causing the wheel from spinning freely.

Brake Caliper Removal

 WARNING: Do not use any fluid other than clean brake fluid meeting manufacturer’s specification. Additionally, do not use brake fluid that has been previously drained. Following these instructions will help prevent system contamination, brake component damage and the risk of serious personal injury.

 WARNING: Carefully read cautionary information on product label. For EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION seek medical advice. In the USA or Canada on Ford/Motorcraft products call: 1-800-959-3673. For additional information, consult the product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) if available. Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious personal injury.

 CAUTION: Brake fluid is harmful to painted and plastic surfaces. If brake fluid is spilled onto a painted or plastic surface, immediately wash it with water.

 CAUTION: Do not allow the brake fluid to come in contact with the adhesive backing on the brake pads. This may prevent the brake pad adhesive surface from bonding with the brake caliper. If brake fluid is spilled onto the brake pads new pads must be installed.

 CAUTION: Use only specified brake parts cleaner. Use of other cleaners may leave a residue on the brake caliper preventing the brake pads adhesive surface from bonding with the brake caliper.

  1. Remove the brake pads. For additional information, refer to Brake Pads.
  1. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the subframe bracket and the caliper.
    • Position the parking brake cable aside.
  1. Clean and inspect the disc brake caliper.
    • If leaks or damaged boots are found, install a new disc brake caliper.
  1. Disconnect the brake tube fitting from the brake flexible hose.
    • To install, tighten to 17 Nm (13 lb-ft).
  1. NOTE: The brake caliper and brake flexible hose are removed as an assembly.Remove the retainer clip from the brake flexible hose.
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
    • Bleed the caliper.

 

Jul 112016
 

2001 Ford F150I have access to a 2004 v6 engine. Will that fit into a 2001 ford f150 that i need a new engine for.?


RESPONSE

Yes. The 4.2L engine (Long Block) will fit your 2001 Ford F-150. You may need to change over some of the components and wiring harness if you are going to try and use all the sensors, etc. If you stick with just the long block you shouldn’t have any issues.

Tenth Generation Ford F-150: 1997-2003

Eleventh Generation Ford F150: 2004-2008

Jul 072016
 

2004 Ford ExpeditionHelp please. I replaced #4 ignition coil and while moving hoses I may have unplugged a connector. I have two unplugged passenger side connectors.  One is a 2 wire the other 3 wire. The 2 wire is red wr and blue wire next is 3 wire I believe it is grey blk red maybe pink. Both are located behind pcm coming out of silver thing bolted to firewall. Truck wont start but starter good, battery good but no power to ignition side of starter. All relays good turn key relay clicks help please.


RESPONSE

  1. Check for battery negative at starter case
  2. Check for battery positive at the “S” terminal on the starter while someone holds the ignition key in the “START” position
  • If Battery positive is found, replace the starter.
  • If no battery positive is found, trace the wiring harness back and repair as needed (see wiring diagram)

2004 Ford Expedition 5.4 Starting system wiring diagram

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Jun 252016
 

2004 Ford ExpeditionI have an ’04 Expedition. Started fine all morning. Let it sit about an hour or so, went out to go to work, turned the key, everything comes on but it won’t even turn over. Starter or solenoid aren’t making a sound. There is a buzzing type alarm coming from what sounds like the passenger floorboard, which I’ve never heard before.


RESPONSE

Most likely a weak or dead battery. If the lights on the dash go dim or completely out when you hit the key it would indicate the ignition switch is working. The radio and lights do not require much amperage to operate. This may give you a false sense that the battery must be good, but it probably isn’t. Once you have fully charged and load tested the battery or replaced it, it still has the same issue a test may be necessary. Check for battery voltage at the “S” terminal on the starter while someone holds the ignition key in the “START” position. If you see battery voltage, replace the starter. If you do not see battery voltage, trace and repair/replace as needed.

Jun 202016
 

turn signal 2008 Ford FusionI have a 2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0L V6. 5 days ago my Left Rear Turn Signal went out. I noticed this because my blinker was flashing rapidly and on the dash display said to check LR Turn Lamp. Now today my Right Rear Turn Signal started doing the same thing. I decided it was time to try to fix the issue. I checked the exterior light fuses and nothing was blown. I bought 2 replacement bulbs, but my rear turn signals still were not working after being replaced. In the process of seeing if the new bulbs worked I noticed that my brake lights were not operating as well. My 3rd brake light in the rear window works though. Also when I turn my hazard lights on the two back hazards are not working. But when I turn my head lights on the rear lights that share the brake light bulbs get power. Just to be on the safe side I checked all of the fuses in my SJB below the steering column and everything was OK. I went ahead and replaced my brake light switch above the break petal and still nothing. I have a repair guide for my Fusion and found that the wires coming from the SJB to the Rear Turn/Stop/Park lights are the Violet/Orange and Grey/Brown. I checked the wires in the trunk and everything looked fine and also checked the wires on the connector going into the SJB and everything appeared fine. I couldn’t get a real good look at the wires on the SJB side being that they are behind the dash. I found that my contortion skills, trying to get a good look at the connectors and wires on the SJB side, were not the best .

At this point I am thinking it is a wiring issue or a SJB issue. Any help on solving this crazy issue is much appreciated. My troubleshooting steps are below in a easier format to read.

Turn Signal Issue

Both Rear Brake Lights, Turn Signals, and Hazard Lights not working.
Both Front Brake Lights, Turn Signals, and Hazard Lights are working.

TROUBLESHOOTING

1. Checked all fuses in SJB located under the steering column in the interior of the car. Also checked 60 amp power fuses in fuse box in engine compartment that go to SJB.
2. Replaced Turn Signal Bulbs.
3. Replaced Brake Light Switch located above brake pedal.
4. Checked wiring diagram and found that wires in the trunk appeared fine.
5. Checked wires and connector, as best as I could, under dash going into SJB and everything appeared fine.
6. Re seated connectors going into SJB.
7. Threw my hands up and Screamed……..


RESPONSE

Since your third brake light is functional it tells me that the brake pedal switch is operational. Also the third brake light uses the same ground so i wouldn’t suspect a loss of ground connection either. The turn signal bulb and brake light bulb are the same. This is also true of the hazard.

I would check for battery voltage coming from the brake switch on wire color VIO/WHT and make sure it gets to the SJB(SMART JUNCTION BOX).  If that checks out good, then Check for battery voltage leaving the SJB on PIN 11 and PIN 7. If that checks good, then check the wires at the brake socket on the GRN/BRN and VIO/ORG. If that check out good, then the bulbs are the issue.

A quick check would be to have someone hold the brake pedal down or use a tool.I use this tool often myself when no one is around to assist.

Check with a multi-meter for power and ground at the bulb socket for the turn signal. Many times the incorrect bulb can cause and issue.

Jun 202016
 

1999 Ford Explorercar will rev up through gears till top gear then it starts missing and breaking down. click down  a gear and revs normal


RESPONSE

Sounds like an issue with the transmission possibly. Maybe the lock up converter is sticking. I would suggest trying an inexpensive product called “Shudder Fix”

Jun 152016
 

1998 Ford F150I was going up my drive way. I got on the gas and my truck stalled on me for the first time. I put it in park and it started right back up. I am curious what caused this any ideas?


RESPONSE

Hard to say. Could be a glitch. Some moisture in the fuel. Loose wire somewhere. Vacuum leak. Sticking IAC – Idle Air Control.

At this point there is not much you can do. If the check engine light came on, you could check the codes. Other than that you will need to drive it until it gets worse or repeats itself more often in order to diagnose it.