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2003 Ford E-150

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2003 Ford E-150 Problems

Engine -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate, the engine may run rough and have misfires on acceleration. Commonly the ignition coils and/or the ignition coil boots are the cause of this problem. The rubber boot that insulates the coil to the spark plug can dry and crack allowing arcing. Inspect the coils and boots, and replace them as needed. Our technicians also recommend replacing the coil boots any time the spark plugs are replaced.

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil may leak externally from the cylinder head gasket. The gaskets were contaminated with metal debris from the factory – between the block and gasket and/or the head and gasket. To correct, the head gasket must be replaced and the mating surfaces on the cylinder head and block need to be inspected for chips or damage. In some cases the cylinder head will not be repairable and will need replacement.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front end may make a rattle noise over bumps. There may be handling issues, and play in the front wheels on inspection. If there is up and down movement on the front wheels while the lower control arms are being supported, inspect the upper and lower ball joints for excessive play. These are prone to failure from moisture entry and lack of lubrication. The ball joints should be replaced as needed.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Electrolysis can cause repeated failures of the heater core and radiator. The diagnosing technician should check for voltage present in the coolant, with the battery disconnected, because electrical current in the coolant causes electrolysis. Corroded or deteriorated parts should be replaced, and the coolant should be flushed. Ground straps can be added to help prevent future corrosion of components.

Engine -- Verified

The spark plugs may become dislodged from the cylinder heads. A loud popping noise can be heard and a subsequent misfire experienced. The threads on the spark plug ports in the cylinder head(s) can become stripped or missing when the spark plug is dislodged. The threads in cylinder heads may be replaced using “Lock-N-Stitch” aluminum inserts. Our technicians tell us thread replacement is performed when the vehicle is out of base wa...

2003 Ford E-150 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 7, 2003

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The courtesy lamps on affected running boards may overheat when exposed to moisture and road salt. Overheating may cause the lamps and boards to melt or start a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harness for these running boards.

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Drive Train, August 13, 2007

Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.

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Drive Train, February 18, 2008

Summary: FORD IS RECALLING 225,000 MY 1992-2003 ECONOLINE, MY 1993-1995 TAURUS SHO, MY 1992-1998 CROWN VICTORIA, MY 1993 BRONCO, F-SERIES, MY 1995-1997 F-SERIES SUPER DUTY STRIPPED CHASSIS, MY 1992-1998 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS, AND MY 1992-1995 LINCOLN TOWN CAR VEHICLES. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE PREVIOUSLY REPAIRED USING A WIRING HARNESS THAT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE VEHICLE CIRCUIT POLARITY.

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Electrical & Lights, October 15, 2004

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An internal diode in the Anti-Lock Braking System module may short circuit. This could cause the ABS Warning Light to illuminate, or the module may overheat resulting in a burning smell and/or fire. This may happen while the vehicle is being driven, or while unattended. Dealers will install a new fuse in the ABS circuit and install a heat shield over the ABS module. The recall began October 15, 2004. The Ford recall number is 04S22.

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Engine, September 27, 2004

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A change to the manufacturing of the air filter element may allow it to smolder or burn if contacted by hot carbon particles. This could lead to damage of the air intake system or an underhood fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the air filter element. The began September 27, 2004. The Ford recall number is 04S23.

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2003 Ford E-150 Questions and Answers

Blackbear, 2003 Ford E-150, Valrico, FL

How can you check the feron in the rear AC unit of 2003 Van. Or does the rear unit get the feron from the front unit? If I fill the front AC unit, will it make the rear unit colder?

tskbeans, 2003 Ford E-150, Glendale, AZ

window fell down when rolling it up they are electric

kassam, 2003 Ford E-150, 4.2L V6, Powder Springs, GA

I replaced passenger airbag, module, drivers pretensioner and now I get these two codes. B1232 and flashing 47

uruguay, 2003 Ford E-150, Fredericksburg, VA

transmission shift gears perfect,but not speed go very slow n sound like something is loss

gtop, 2003 Ford E-150, 4.2L V6, Indianapolis, IN

where do I get the multiple pipe outlet that goes from the water pump to the heater core and the intake manifold it also has a small 1/4 in line off of the heater core side

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