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1998 Ford... | Answered on Feb 07, 2019


Its good that the computer is not on fire. No spark could be the coil.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jan 13, 2019


Replace the hoses make sure your vacuum res is sound also check the main vac hoses and the vacuum boster control hose for the power brakes

1998 Ford... | Answered on Dec 24, 2018


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1998 Ford... | Answered on Nov 21, 2018


Hi there:

  1. Remove the door trim panel and speaker if applicable.
  2. Remove the screw from the division bar. Remove the inside belt weatherstrip(s) if equipped.
  3. Remove the 2 vent window attaching screws from the front edge of the door.
  4. Lower the glass and pull the glass out of the run retainer near the vent window division bar, just enough to allow the removal of the vent window, if equipped.
  5. Push the front edge of the glass downward and remove the rear glass run retainer from the door.
  6. If equipped with retaining rivets, remove them carefully. Otherwise, remove the glass from the channel using Glass and Channel Removal Tool 2900. Remove the glass through the belt opening if possible.

To install:
  1. Install the glass spacer and retainer into the retention holes.
  2. Install the glass into the door, position on the bracket and align the retaining holes.
  3. Carefully install the retaining rivets or equivalent.
  4. Raise the glass to the full closed position.
  5. Install the rear glass run retainer and glass run. Install the inside belt weatherstrip(s).
  6. Check for smooth operation before installing the trim panel.



Hope this helps.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Nov 19, 2018


Sounds like that piece of metal is an anti thief shield that has been bent at some time. Manipulate it so that there is some clearance.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Oct 03, 2018


Sounds like a fuel pressure problem Make sure the filter has been replaced.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Oct 03, 2018


it may be a defective O2 sensor here is th difinition:
P0133 - Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) Slow Response Bank 1 Sensor 1 , this is the sensor on the side of the engine that #1 cylinder is on, it is the sensor before the cat.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Sep 11, 2018


I own the same truck I foynd mine to be on the top of the tapit cover next to where you pour the oil in . I had watched many videos on it and I was cleaning the battery cables and looked over and there it was I said that looks like the sensor I just bought and it was . wow seemed to easy hope yours is the same

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jul 02, 2018


The best solution you'll get from books at www.reliable-store.com

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1998 Ford... | Answered on Jun 13, 2018


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1998 Ford... | Answered on Mar 21, 2018


first i would do a compression test and see if the pressure is still correct for the engine. this will explain most problems, compression testing kits don't cost that much, do the test and see if you have one or more low compression in the cylinders. if you have it could be a weak or sticking piston ring or its snapped rings, ralli sound does not sound good could be the timing chain and adjuster or the timing belt depending on engine number. if it is this dont un engine anymore and have this fixed or you will need a replacement engine.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Feb 04, 2018


Does the vehicle have daytime running lamps ? Did you pull fuse from the inside the vehicle fuse panel ? I/P Fuse # 12 30 amp underhood fuse box is for the headlamp switch . Sounds like daytime running lamp module is the problem . But , without testing this is just a guess , by looking at a wiring diagram . Do you know what a automotive electrical wiring diagram is ?

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jan 16, 2018


It is going to be practically impossible to diagnose the noise without hearing it and hearing where the noise originates.
Take it to a shop (or two ? ) and get their opinion.
I say 'or two' because some shops see a woman and say 'ka-ching.'

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018


Try spraying carb/throttle body cleaner around the throttle body after the truck is warmed up all the way get someone to sit in the truck with it in drive and there foot on the brake if the idle raises there's a vacuum line leaking or your throttle body gasket is leaking if no increase in idle then thoroughly clean out the throttle body with the spray if it's very dirty inside the varnish from the fuel burning is causing the throttle plate to stick or stay open causing your engine to have increased rpms if your using no name brand gas stop now your killing your motor the major brands have detergents in the gas to keep things clean and better mpgs brands like usa Valero speedway delta liberty are all garbage and should only be used in an emergency situation like you're going to run out also if you are using this junk get 2 cans of Berrimans fuel system cleaner and put it in the gas tank every week for a month or so this will clean out the emissions and gas tank of the dirt and varnish from bad cheap gas I say 2 at a time because the super strength is needed to clean out the gunk and keep using it at least 1 can a month with good higher grade fuel 93 octane for about 2 months after then either stay at 93 or go to 91 or 89 not 87 ///// now the reason for the higher octane fuel is this the higher the octane level the slower the fuel burns and cleaner more efficient burning with the cleaner combination to get out the gunk your truck will run much better and mpgs will increase now post back with progress write down everything you've done and we will take it from there if the problem persists but I don't think so I'm a taxi mechanic in nyc.with 50 years experience so that's where the information is coming from and a lot of the cars have 300,000 to 450,000 miles on them so I would say you should listen to this advice they are ford crown Victorias and are original motors good luck stephen

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jan 06, 2018


I'm assuming you have Transfer Case -Automatic Four Wheel Drive (A4WD) An not Transfer Case -All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Two different system's . The automatic system is electroniclly controlled . When it has electrical problems it set DTC'S - diagnostic trouble code's in the 4X4 control module . Before replacing part's or trying this an trying that , having the vehicle checked for DTC'S is always the first step in any diagnostic's with these vehicles . Then if not familiar with this system read factroy service repair information . Trying to fix not knowing what your doing never works .
System Function
Hall effect sensor monitors input and output shaft speed.
In the A4WD (C-Trac) system, the GEM varies the torque sent to the front driveline by controlling the transfer case clutch. At rest and under cruising conditions, the GEM activates the transfer case clutch a minimum duty cycle (percentage of time the clutch is turned on), which allows for the slight difference between the front and rear driveshafts which normally occurs when negotiating a corner on dry pavement. Under any of the following conditions, the GEM will increase the duty cycle in order to prevent or control slip:
  • Slip is detected (by using the Hall Effect Sensors)
  • Heavy acceleration (throttle position).
Feature inputs:
  • Brake ON/OFF switch.
  • 4WD mode switch.
  • Digital transmission range sensor.
  • Clutch switch (manual transmission vehicles only).
  • Vehicle speed signal (transmitted from the ABS module).
  • Front/rear driveshaft speed sensors.
  • Throttle position information from the PCM.
  • Contact plate position inputs A, B, C, D.
Feature outputs:
  • Solid state clutch relay (pulse width modulated signal: grounded when relay is on, battery potential when relay is off).
  • A4WD indicator (ground when activated, open circuit when deactivated).
  • 4x4 shift motor relay outputs.
Shifts between A4WD and 4x4 HIGH can be made at any speed. Listed below are the inputs and outputs needed by the GEM to execute a change between any of these modes.
Feature inputs:
  • Front/rear driveshaft speed sensor.
  • Vehicle speed signal.
  • Throttle position information.
  • 4WD mode switch.
Feature outputs:
  • Solid state clutch relay (pulse width modulated signal; grounded when relay is on, battery potential when relay is off).
  • 4x4 HIGH cluster indicator (ground when activated, open circuit when deactivated).
When shifting into or out of LOW range, the GEM requires that the vehicle speed is less than 5 km/h (3 mph), the brake is applied, and the transmission is in NEUTRAL.
Feature inputs:
  • Throttle position information.
  • 4WD mode switch.
  • Contact plate position inputs A, B, C, D.
  • Vehicle speed signal (transmitted from ABS module).
  • Brake ON/OFF switch input (battery voltage when brake is depressed, open circuit when not activated).
  • Digital transmission range sensor (ground when transmission is in NEUTRAL, open circuit otherwise).
  • Start/clutch depressed input (manual transmission only).
Feature outputs:
  • 4x4 shift motor relay outputs.
  • 4LOW cluster indicators (ground when activated, open circuit when deactivated).
  • Solid state clutch relay (pulse width modulated signal; grounded when relay is on, battery potential when relay is off).
  • The GEM they talk about is a generic electronic control module .
  • Do you know what DTC'S are ?
  • P1763 Transmission Neutral In Tow Indicator Circuit Short to Battery GEM REFER to Section 413-09 . P1764 Transmission Neutral In Tow Indicator Circuit Fault GEM REFER to Section 413-09 . P1804 4WD High Indicator Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test C . P1806 4WD High Indicator Short to Battery GEM GO to Pinpoint Test C . P1808 4WD Low Indicator Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test C . P1810 4WD Low Indicator Short Circuit to Battery GEM GO to Pinpoint Test C . P1812 4WD Mode Select Circuit Failure GEM GO to Symptom Chart. P1815 4WD Mode Select Short Circuit to Ground GEM GO to Symptom Chart. P1820 Transfer Case CW Shift Relay Coil Circuit Open or Short to Ground GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1822 Transfer Case CW Shift Relay Coil Short to Battery GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1824 4WD Electric Clutch Relay Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test A . P1826 4WD Electric Clutch Relay Short to Battery GEM GO to Pinpoint Test A . P1828 Transfer Case CCW Shift Relay Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1830 Transfer Case CCW Shift Relay Coil Short to Battery GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1836 Transfer Case Front Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit Failure GEM GO to Symptom Chart. P1837 Transfer Case Rear Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit Failure GEM GO to Symptom Chart. P1838 Transfer Case Shift Motor Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1846 Transfer Case CONTACT PLATE "A" Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1850 Transfer Case CONTACT PLATE "B" Circuit Failure GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1854 Transfer Case CONTACT PLATE "C" Circuit Failure (GEM Only) GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1858 Transfer Case CONTACT PLATE "D" Circuit Failure (GEM Only) GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1866 Transfer Case Maintenance Required (GEM Only) (4-wheel drive operation can be restored by clearing the DTC and cycling the ignition.) GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1867 Transfer Case Contact Plate General Circuit Failure (GEM Only) GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B . P1874 Automatic Hall Effect Sensor Power Circuit Failure GEM GO to Symptom Chart. P1875 Automatic Hall Effect Sensor Power Circuit Short to Battery (GEM Only) GEM GO to Symptom Chart. P1891 Transfer Case Contact Plate Ground Return Open Circuit GEM GO to Pinpoint Test B .
  • Your best bet , have it towed to a qualified repair shop . You have not the knoweldge or diagnostic equipment to fix it.

1998 Ford... | Answered on Jan 01, 2018


When you turn the key to start, the PCM provides ground to the control coil side of the fuel pump relay to close the contacts to provide a 2-second prime. When you turn to start, it fully grounds the control coil and the contacts provide power to the pump. Swap the fuel pump relay with another relay of the same size and type and see if that helps. If it doesn't you've got a wiring issue and it's usually an intermittent ground. The ground for the fuel pump relay is behind the left front kick panel near driver's left foot

1998 Ford... | Answered on Dec 22, 2017

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