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Posted By Merkur87

I will add that when you do the strut make sure...

I will add that when you do the strut make sure that you do NOT loosen that nut in the center of the strut. That is what holds everything in the strut together. A strut popping itself apart due to...
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Posted By Merkur87

I tend to agree with the_tow_guy about making...

I tend to agree with the_tow_guy about making sure the starter itself is the problem. If the starter motor does nothing when you turn the key you need to make sure the small solenoid wire is getting...
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Posted By Merkur87

As a mechanic of roughly40 years I respectfully...

As a mechanic of roughly40 years I respectfully stand behind my prior comments about transmission fluid changes.

As to stirring up sludge and leaving it alone, consider what that "sludge" is.
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Posted By Merkur87

If the A/C is putting out cold air but is noisy...

If the A/C is putting out cold air but is noisy only when the compressor is engaged you might consider having someone had an oil charge of a few ounces to it if it's not too bad. Over time auto A/C...
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Posted By Merkur87

Clean the pan, change the filter, and as much...

Clean the pan, change the filter, and as much fluid as possible anyway. Changing the aged fluid on an old transmission that has never seen a fluid change will not hurt it nor will a transmission...
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Posted By Merkur87

There is no time or mileage limit on a recall. ...

There is no time or mileage limit on a recall.
There are time and mileage limits on campaigns. Campaigns are essentially a voluntary PR recall.
Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are just...
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Posted By Merkur87

Any Check Engine Light or diagnostic code set?...

Any Check Engine Light or diagnostic code set? The fuel mileage doesn't sound that bad to me.

As to SeaFoam, it's a great product. It's not the answer to every problem but is a great fuel system...
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Posted By Merkur87

I've dealt with quite a bit of this kind of thing...

I've dealt with quite a bit of this kind of thing and yes it's possible to eliminate most of the emission components while simplifying things. You really need to use an earlier QJ carburetor with no...
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Posted By Merkur87

As far as I'm concerned, any problems are likely...

As far as I'm concerned, any problems are likely on you. It's a fact of life that when working on aged cars or ones with some miles on them that certain things are going to be balky when taking them...
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Posted By Merkur87

Clutch jobs on FWD vehicles are more difficult...

Clutch jobs on FWD vehicles are more difficult than your garden variety RWD cars.
The suspension will have to come apart on one side and separated on the other side enough to allow removal of the...
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Posted By Merkur87

The bolt type doesn't matter a bit as long as the...

The bolt type doesn't matter a bit as long as the threads are good, it tightens properly, and doesn't leak.

Most drain plug problems are caused by one thing and one thing only; ham fisted people...
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Posted By Merkur87

There has to be some confusion over this ball...

There has to be some confusion over this ball joint situation. A badly worn ball joint may snap in use but they will not "explode".

For what it's worth, many car parts come from the same...
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Posted By Merkur87

Your best bet is to weld a nut on it and remove...

Your best bet is to weld a nut on it and remove it that way.

Break a drill bit or E Z Out off in a broken bolt and your headaches will really start then.

I've got a number of E Z Outs in one of...
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Posted By Merkur87

I suspect that this may be more an issue of the...

I suspect that this may be more an issue of the steering feeling different compared to what you were previously driving; especially if the previous vehicle used a worm gear steering box or had high...
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Posted By Merkur87

Sounds like either both fans are worn and...

Sounds like either both fans are worn and dragging or there's a poor connection at a wire terminal on a high current wire lead for the fans.

An ammeter could be used to measure current draw of the...
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Posted By Merkur87

Very true. I've had those intermittent failures...

Very true. I've had those intermittent failures on several of my TFI Fords and by the time you start to test them they've cooled a few degrees. When tested they show good.
You can test a faulty...
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Posted By Merkur87

If you mean that the engine will run for a while...

If you mean that the engine will run for a while and then die out like it's running out of gas you might consider a bad ignition module. This model of Ford uses the TFI-IV modules that are notorious...
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Posted By Merkur87

The reason I suggest WD-40 is because I've been a...

The reason I suggest WD-40 is because I've been a mechanic for 35 years and have found it to work.
PB Blaster is fine as a penetrant for rusted fasteners but I'd never consider it for use on...
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Posted By Merkur87

A lot of things can cause problems and not set a...

A lot of things can cause problems and not set a code even with a hard failure. Idle Air valves, crank sensors, you name it.

A few years ago the speedo quit in my car along with the cruise control...
06-06-15, 09:40 AM
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Posted By Merkur87

Just a final thank you and one additional bit of...

Just a final thank you and one additional bit of info. I drilled the rivets out of the old circuit breaker for a look inside as I'm always curious about why something fails.

On the failed side of...
06-05-15, 07:57 PM
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Posted By Merkur87

Well, I guess I have cold air again and many...

Well, I guess I have cold air again and many appreciative thanks to both of you for the invaluable advice. Apparently the problem was the circuit breaker.

I had made multiple checks in the past...
06-05-15, 11:11 AM
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Posted By Merkur87

I decided to take a quick look at it before...

I decided to take a quick look at it before leaving. I show 0 between L1 and L2 with the breaker on according to my multimeter.

I have a voltage sensor tool that does beep though so could it be...
06-05-15, 09:21 AM
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Posted By Merkur87

The unit is an XE1100 TT model and yes it has the...

The unit is an XE1100 TT model and yes it has the similar square breaker box outside next to the unit.

I'm on my way out right now but will measure the L1 to L2 this evening and post back with...
06-04-15, 07:22 PM
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Posted By Merkur87

Yes, I'm very careful when dealing with this kind...

Yes, I'm very careful when dealing with this kind of thing as I've been nipped a few times in the past including 220. Ouch...

I measured the voltage between each terminal and ground. There are 3...
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Posted By Merkur87

Bringing the vehicle to a stop with the park...

Bringing the vehicle to a stop with the park brake is a good way of determining if the problem is front or rear (on most cars anyway except for the few that use the park brake on the fronts) but will...
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