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  1. billj

    Confused about proper procedure to do compression test

    I plan on doing a compression test on my 2005 Escape 4cyl. I am very confused as to the proper procedure. I have read/watched videos that say to test the engine cold, another will say bring the engine up to operating temperature. One will say to remove one spark plug at a time for testing...
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    Ford Escape Vacuum line is only connected one end

    I have a vacuum line that is connected on one end but not on the other. The end that is connected is under the air tube. I have included a few pictures to this post. I can not figure out where the top end of the hose connects. Help please!
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    Air Pressure at oil filler cap

    There is air pressure blowing out of the oil filler when cap is removed and engine running. If cap is left off engine will stumble, when cap is put back on engine returns to normal idle. No oil bowing out. No noticeable engine problems driving. Oil is changed about every 2,500 miles (about 8...
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    Self installed dash indicator light burns out often

    I installed a dual battery system, most of the ideas from this site. Van operates on a single battery when ignition is off and dual batteries when ignition is on. I installed a indicator light on the dash that lights when the dual battery system is activated. The problem is that the dash light...
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    Factory radio turns up volume unassisted

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Ford MODEL: E350 Super Duty YEAR: 2006 MILES: 172,000 ENGINE: 5.4 liter DESCRIBE ISSUE....Factory radio, no CD player, will increase volume by itself. Normally just a tick or so (volume 8 to 9 for example). But the other day I am driving...
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    Changing thermostat and housing

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Ford MODEL:Escape YEAR:2005 MILES:109,.500 ENGINE:2.3 liter in line 4 DESCRIBE ISSUE.... I am trying to change the thermostat and housing (as a unit). By doing research it looks like the power steering pump has to be moved out of the way...
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    Power Converter warning

    Perhaps someone at BAT could be of service about warning that an inexpensive Power Converter (ie 140 watt) may kill a portable drill battery charger, or other item because the Modified sine waveform produced vs Pure sine waveform. I understand the concept, but not the best one to go into a...
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    Dual batteries in e350

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Ford MODEL: E350 YEAR: 2006 MILES: 168,500 ENGINE: 5.4 liter DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Battery dies because of cargo lights. I kill a battery in about two years because I have seven LED cargo lights and a cab light that stay on for about 10...
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    What size vehicle falls under this Forum, Heavy Truck and Equipment

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Ford MODEL:e350 Super Duty YEAR:2006 MILES:168,00 ENGINE:5.4 DESCRIBE ISSUE....What size vehicle falls under this Forum, Heavy Truck and Equipment?
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    Tie rod rattle

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Ford MODEL: e350 Super Duty YEAR: 2006 MILES: 166,000 ENGINE: 5.4 liter V-8 DESCRIBE ISSUE....There is tie rod movement and rattle when front tire is jacked up off ground and then tire is rocked from side to side. But after greasing all...
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    Best oil for the engine not the driver

    I really have been wondering from a mechanics or a true car fanatic what is the best oil for an engine? Lets forget about how often it needs to be changed, lets say we change the oil dependent on general recommendations. For example: Conventional 3 months, Synthetic blend 6 months, Full...
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    1.6 liter eco-boost oil level

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Ford MODEL: Escape YEAR: 2014 MILES: 38,000 ENGINE: 1.6 eco-boost DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Excuse the language, but confused as h***. What should the oil level be on a 1.6 eco-boost? Was there a recall on the dipstick? One person at dealer says...
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    Headlight designation

    Headlight designation help please. If I am correct: H6054 Standard Factory Bulb 35w/65w H6054HO High Output 55w/65w (same as H6054BL?) First Question H6054BL Bright Light 55w/65w (same as H6054HO?) Second Question H6054NH (Third...
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    Programming key fob for 2014 Ford Escape

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Ford MODEL:Escape YEAR:2014 MILES:35,500 ENGINE:1.6 EcoBoost DESCRIBE ISSUE.... I am trying to program a second key fob and have tried four methods, but have not been able to get the Escape in programming mode. I have programmed many key...
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    Charging

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Ford MODEL:Escape XLT YEAR:2011 MILES:80,200 ENGINE:3.0 liter DESCRIBE ISSUE....I understand that the new Optima battery (yellow top) has special charging needs. If Optima volts fall below 10.5 the conventional battery chargers may not...
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    Ford Escape seatbelt jammed

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: Ford MODEL: Escape YEAR: 2005 MILES:107,000 ENGINE: 2.3 liter DESCRIBE ISSUE.... Rear seat center seat belt retractor jammed. I tried raising the left rear section of the rear seat from the down position and found the center seat belt...
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    Gray tint on inside of sealed headlight

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE Ford MODEL: E350 Super Duty YEAR:2006 MILES:162,000 ENGINE:5.4 liter V8 DESCRIBE ISSUE....one of the two headlights has what looks like aa charcoal tint inside the glass Sealed beam..Both are Sylvania standard sealed beam from an auto parts...
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    Presure washer kickback

    I have a Troy Bilt/ Briggs and Stratton 6.5HP Power Washer which loves to try to pull my arm out of the socket when it kicks back during starting. New spark plug, new air filter, new carburetor, pulled the head cleaned out any carbon, new head gasket. My question is would a higher octane fuel...
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    Ampg

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE: ford MODEL:e350 super duty YEAR:2006 MILES:159,000 ENGINE:5.4 Liter DESCRIBE ISSUE....adding amp gauge
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    Rear door will not open from outside

    Please fill out the following to ask a question. MAKE:Ford MODEL:e350 YEAR:2006 MILES:157,000 ENGINE:5.4 litre DESCRIBE ISSUE....rear door will not open from outside. Cable is connected, but not moving very much. Door opens fine from inside. Lock works fine, both with key and manually . I...