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1990 Ford E-250 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1990 Ford E-250

1990 Ford E-250 Problems

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.

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.

This concern relates specifically to the E4OD and 4R100 automatic transmissions. Transmission fluid leaking from the front of the transmission bell housing may also be accompanied with shifting and transmission engagement issues. This is often caused by transmission overheating and is the sign of a significant internal transmission problem. The superficial cause is the failure of the front pump seal of the transmission. The immediate repair is to remove the transmission, replace the front pump and seal, replace all fluid with the transmission filter, and verify proper flow through the transmission fluid lines and cooler. It is also recommended to make sure the vehicle is not pulling a load that is heavier than the gross vehicle weight limits because this can cause the transmission to overheat. Depending on the transmission's mileage, this can also be a good time to consider a complete overhaul or replacement with a remanufactured unit, as often just the pump and seal replacement is a short lived remedy.

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1990 Ford E-250 Questions

Lite comes on , then shuts off. I have replaced inline fuel filter that was rusted inside. Van continues with same symptoms so, I put Injector, gas treatment in tank. Did not help. Both gas tanks and in tank fuel pumps replaced last year. Any suggestions? Is there any way to troubleshoot steady c...

When engine is cold, it runs okay. But when its warmed up, you step on the gas, and the engine labors badly. Also at idle, the check engine light goes on,then turns off when throttle depressed.

Engine bogs down under load when warmed up.

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1990 Ford E-250 Recalls

THE DUAL FUEL TANK SELECTOR VALVE MAY MALFUNCTION AND CAUSE AN OVERFILL CONDITION IN ONE OF THE FUEL TANKS, RESULTING IN AN OVERFLOW OF FUEL PAST THE FILLER CAP.

Ford has recalled certain 1990 E and F Series 4x2 vehicles equipped with an E4OD transmission and a one piece driveshaft due to an issue with the park mechanism in the transmission. Some vehicles may experience a failure to engage the park gear, which can cause the vehicle to roll if the parking brake is not set. Dealers will replace the snap ring and install a revised extension housing

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