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C1235 C1236 on Ford Explorer

C1235 C1236 on Ford Explorer ABS C1235 C1236 trouble codes would lead you to believe there’s a problem with both the left rear and right rear ABS sensors. But when you get under the vehicle, you won’t find separate sensors. That’s right, there’s only one and it’s NOT mounted at the either wheel. It’s mounted on the differential and the tone ring is inside the differential. To test the system, check for at least 10 volts on the light green/red wire at the sensor with the key in the run … Read More

Rear Wiper doesn’t work — Expedition Navigator

Rear Wiper doesn’t work Owners of 2003-07 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators may experience a dead battery along with a balky rear wiper. The problem is covered by TSB #07-10-13 and can be diagnosed with the following procedure: Rear Wiper doesn’t work — Expedition Navigator If the rear wiper doesn’t work on your Explorer or Navigator, pop the rear window open to make sure the wiper mechanism is disengaged from the motor drive plate. Next, open the beauty cover over the wiper arm attaching nut. Then, connect a dial torque … Read More

Horn doesn’t work – Ford

Fix your Horn If you own a Ford truck and your horn doesn’t work, read this. These symptoms may sound like the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard of, but if you look at the electrical diagram it makes a little more sense. Think about it—what controls are on the steering wheel? Cruise Control and the Horn. Ok, if you’ve got a really expensive Ford Truck, you might also have remote radio controls. But for the most part, we’re talking horn and cruise. How does the cruise control know how to … Read More

Intermittent no crank no start – Ford

Fix a problem with an intermittent no crank no start on a Ford Ford has discovered a problem in its starting circuit that affects a wide range of cars and trucks. The problem results in an intermittent no-crank no start condition. The problem is an intermittent open circuit between the starter relay and the starter motor. To correct the problem, Ford has issued a new starter terminal pigtail kit (Part #6U2Z-14S411-NA). The installation instructions are included with the kit. 1997-2004 F-150 Heritage trucks 1997-2006 Ford Expeditions 1997-2007 Ford Crown Victoria … Read More

Windstar ac blows warm air

My Windstar A/C blows warm air It’s a common problem when a Windstar ac blows warm air. It’s most often the result of a crack in the vacuum line that powers the blend air door actuator. Any lack of vacuum will result in the actuator defaulting to the warm position. You can crank you’re A/C up all the way and it still won’t get cool in the vehicle. Get under the dash and check the plastic vacuum line all the way to it’s source under the hood. They have a … Read More

Wipers won’t shut off — Ford

My Wipers won’t shut off on my Ford If you own one of the Ford vehicles listed below and your wipers won’t shut off, here’s the fix. Ford wiper systems are controlled by the turn signal stalk on the “multi-function” switch. As you rotate the knob to activate the wipers, the resistance changes and the Wiper Control Module (WCM) reads the changing voltage and commands the wipers to a new speed or on/off. When wiper won’t shut off the problem is due to a poorly designed multi-function switch, not a … Read More

No start

Fix a No start on Ford trucks The no start problem affects the Ford Excursion, F-Super Duty, and E-Vans with 7.3 Navistart Diesel 2000-03 vehicles listed above. Ford says the no start problem is most likely an intermittent or poor connection at the glow plug control module (GPCM). To check it out remove the green and black connectors at the GPCM module. Look for loose fit, pin pull-out, bent pins, or corrosion. If you see any of these issues, Ford has released replacement connectors to correct the problem. Ask for … Read More

rough idle noise

Fix a rattling noise during idle on a Taurus or Sable If you own a 2002-03 Taurus/Sable and have a rough idle noise or hear a booming noise, this may be the fix. Models with build dates between 4-01-02 and 10-01-02 (to find the build date of your vehicle look at the decal posted on the driver’s door pillar or the driver’s door. The rough idle noise booming noise and rough idle described in this bulletin only happens when the A/C is on and outside temps are 80° or higher. The … Read More

Transmission Flush

Should I get a transmission flush? All the quick oil change places push transmission flush services. But are they a good idea? UPDATE GM recently issued a technical service bulletin to their dealers regarding flushing services. I’ve posted it here. But if you want the short version, GM does NOT recommend engine flushing, nor does it recommend TRANSMISSION flushing. Ford, Chrysler, Honda, and most other car makers has issued the same warnings. Here it is: TSB #04-06-01-029G September 27, 2012 “..many of your service departments merchandise supplemental services and fluids to … Read More

Ford DPFE sensor and EGR System

Fix a Ford DPFE EGR sensor problem The Ford DPFE and EGR systems are unique and you must understand how they work if you want to diagnose and fix them. This article explains how DPFE works with the EGR system on Ford vehicles. Car makers recycle exhaust gas back into the engine to reduce combustion temperatures and pollutants. However, in order to make the engine run smoothly car makers have to meter the recirculated exhaust, injecting it into the intake manifold only under the proper conditions. To do that, they … Read More


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