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Justin Case Auto

Homosassa, FL

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Have another shop take a quick look at it and get their opinion. If the second place thinks it's too low then nicely and politely take it back to the 1st shop and have them fix it.


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Above answers are correct. In Florida make sure the radiator cap will hold proper amount of pressure, also make sure you have the 50/50 mix of coolant. I'm assuming this is a 3.0 U engine. These are known for the water pump impellers to wear away. Also make sure the 2 small hoses going to the expansion tank are not clogged.


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Agree with above, check oil level first. Just remember... You have a gauge but the sender is actually a switch, just on and off. The gauge is either up or down on this vehicle it does not reflect actual pressure changes (why Ford did this I don't know). If the oil level is OK I would have the oil pressure tested by someone.


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I agree with the above answer. You need to remember a new part is not made with precision. There is a good chance the new tie rods are a little longer or shorter. Get an alignment as soon as possible so you don't ruin your tires. If you have driven it a lot it may be in your best interest to rotate the tires also... after the alignment.


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When installing new throttle body or ECM, the throttle position has to be learned by the ECM. To do this, turn Ignition On, Engine Off, for 30 seconds .


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1st off there is a TSB #09-11-11 that relates to water getting into PCM connector. I would inspect that first. Disconnect the connector and if there is water in it dry it out and add some dielectric grease to it. Then will need to install the splash shield for the cowling vent. If the connector is not wet then I'm sorry I can not find information on if the system needs to be relearned or not or a procedure to do so.


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Catalytic convertors can need replacement for a couple of reasons. They can loose the capacity to store oxygen which is its main function, it can plug up, or it can crack the inside and rattle. The main reasons for failure are coolant or oil being burned by the engine. Engine running rich on fuel due to bad O2 sensors or fuel pressure regulator among other reasons. Most of the time the crack inside by getting good and hot while driving and then driving thru a puddle and the thermal shock may crack the catalysts. When replacing convertors alway try to determine if something caused it.


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90% it's a stuck open thermostat. Have the mechanic plug in the scanner and see what the coolant temperature is getting up to. Should be above 190 degrees while driving.


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The anti-theft system will shut off the fuel injectors if it is in theft mode. You said you have fuel so we have to assume the theft system is not activated. For an engine to run it needs spark, fuel, and compression at the right time. Check the compression. It needs to be above 125 psi. Note that on these engines if it's too high, around 195 psi or higher, there is a good chance the timing chain jumped. If compression is OK pull all the plugs and replace them, if the plugs are wet the vehicle will not start. Leave the plugs out for about an hour or so to dry out the cylinders and check for fuel leaking from the fuel pressure regulator into the vacuum line attached to it. If that much gas got into the cylinders there will be some in the oil, change the oil after you get it running.


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We don't recommend calipers unless there is a problem with them. I'm in Florida so we don't have a rust problem. Be sure to try to flush out as much of the brake fluid as you can... at least a quarts worth.


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