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#1630 of 2180 electronics problems when it rains
Oct 28, 2005 (5:15 am)
I have a 2003 Ford F-150 that has been running great. Recently, with the extended rainy season, I have been experiencing electronics problems. I came out one of those rainy mornings and my truck battery was dead. I charged it up and then noticed that even with the key out, my fan blower was running, I was getting a clicking from the ABS, my audio (CD player) was clicking away...etc... I started the truck and it seemed to run fine. It sat that day and started that night when I left work. About 20 mins into the drive home, it started to beep (5 beeps then stop) and repeated this several times. The beep sounds like a truck backing up kind of tone). No indication of anything else going on. At some point it just stopped. I got home that night and turned it off and it seemed to be fine (nothing running). So I drove it for another 2 weeks without problems. Then the rain came again. Two days into the rain, I had the exact same problem... I came out and the battery was dead. Charged it up and noticed that things were running even though I had it shut off and the key out.
any idea what is going on here? Is this going to cost me a lot of money to fix? Should I extend my warranty??
#1631 of 2180 Re: Need some help for possible [marsha7]
Oct 28, 2005 (4:22 pm)
I just picked up my first ford truck a 2000 f150 supercab. I have only had it a week and this evening when we were going out to dinner is started to shake when I was at a red light. When I hit the gas it shook even more. I was just wondering what could have happend someone told me mabey something with the spark plug and that it might be running on 7 cylinders instead of 8. If any of you have any advise it would be greatly appreciated.
#1632 of 2180 Oil Dipstick stuck in 97 F150 4.2L
Oct 28, 2005 (5:05 pm)
My oil dipstick will not come out of the tube in my 97f150. 4.2L .It seems it has got stuck somehow. Do I drop the oil pan and look and see what's up.
This truck is used and the original dipstick was broken off at the tip when I got it.
I finally got put a replacement dipstick today,that came from a wrecking yard.
I put this new dipstick in 1 time and read it. The level was ok. Then I put it in again and now it will not come out unless I pull hard. I,m afraid something will break. Thanks for any input.. I am a truck novice
#1633 of 2180 Lost fluid in transmission
Oct 29, 2005 (10:19 am)
Just realized that the fluid is gone in my F-150 5.4 with 4R100. The dealer flushed and drained about 10,000 mi ago. They had to add an adapter to drain out all old fluid. This adapter leaked inititally and was tightened by the dealer. It may have cut loose again0\--only this time it was a gusher. It probably leaked completely empty over a 6 mi drive. What should I expect for damage, or have the dealer check? What are the odds of hidden damage that shows up 40,000 mi from now? The truck has 45,000 mi, and the change out was done back at 35,900 mi.
#1634 of 2180 97 F150 4x4 extended cab 4.2L V8 Oil PROBLEMS!
Oct 31, 2005 (10:18 am)
I have had this problem since it had 75,000 miles. It has this oil pressure gauge problem. I bought this card at 33,000 miles off of the Ford B Lot. This is like an Employee Program Vehicle. My impression is that it was not taken care of. The oil changes probably did not happen regularly.
This first problem surfaced itself, and I took it to a dealer. The dealer listened to me. The gauge would fluctuate for awhile, and then go to nothing. I would immediately turn the engine off. I had it towed. The service station dropped the pan, and cleaned the screen. Things would be great. By the way, The first thing I did was at the oil station. They did an engine flush. NEVER EVER DO ONE OF THOSE!!!.
After they dropped the pan, they cleaned the screen, and things were fine for the next year and a half. Same problem, took it to the same place, they checked it out. Cleaned the screen. Said it was not gunked up as much as before, and everything was fine for about a year and a half.
The station had told me that it was gunked up the first time, and that I probably made it worse with the engine flush, by breaking loose more gunk.
Well, I am at my third or fourth time of this. I am about to take it in for service. I am contemplating having the screen replaced, and replacing the sender unit. That is about all I can do I think. I do not have alot of money. They say to replace the pump, I just about have to rebuild the engine. I do not have that kind of money.
Any ideas? Anyone else having this same sort of problem ?? Is this a known issue with Ford?? Why is the Ford F150 so susceptible to the oil gunking up ??
#1635 of 2180 Re: 97 F150 4x4 extended cab 4.2L V8 Oil PROBLEMS! [thebigf150guy]
Oct 31, 2005 (11:52 am)
If the problem is gunk/sludge/whatever, then replacing the screen and sender won't stop it from reappearing.
#1636 of 2180 Re: electronics problems when it rains [fordability]
Nov 01, 2005 (5:33 am)
Take a look in the Expedition forum, I think that is where I read this...It sounds like you have a windshield leak. The leak is located just above the fuse panel in the driverside footwell. When it rains, water gets into the fuse panel, causing all kinds of havoc like you mentioned. I recall it being a pretty easy fix, but labor intensive. I bet if you take a look under the dash in this area, you will find moisture.
A friend of mine had a '00 Expedition with the same problem, only the flashers would go on and alarm would sound when it rained, eventually draining the battery. He fixed it by replacing the truck.
#1637 of 2180 Fuse Panel Diagram
Nov 01, 2005 (4:19 pm)
I have a 1997 Ford F-150 4x4 and all of my rear light are failing. I have no break lights and no reverse lights. I have check every fuse and changed all of the bulbs and still nothing works. However i do not have my manuel and i dont know exactly which fuse pretains to the rear lights. Is there anyone out there who has the fuse panel diagram and can tell me which number fuse is the one i need to specificly check and change? Or if anyone may know any other possible things that could be causing this.
Thank You Very Much
#1638 of 2180 1989 5.8l stalling problem.
Nov 01, 2005 (5:56 pm)
My 1989 F250 stalls at nearly every stop, unless I "feather" the clutch while stopping any ideas? I get the standard TPS and EGR codes and have replaced both to no avail over the years. replaced the TFI module a couple of years ago. Thanks for any help -Tim
#1639 of 2180 Re: Fuse Panel Diagram [walker7]
Nov 01, 2005 (5:59 pm)
If everything is out, it sounds like no ground. As the different lights run off of different circuits. Good Luck Tim