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  1. That is one of the very bizarre 8 plugs with 4 cylinder engines isn't it? It has a distributor correct? I just realized if its an 8 plug engine it could start on only 4 plugs. Have you confirmed spark to the other 4 plugs? (Take the plug out, ground it, then watch the plug as you crank for a spark). If you are getting fuel and spark, then it should start. I believe you are fuel injected, be sure the injectors are getting power (i dont think there is any particular timing to them firing, they may fire all together or as a bank)
  2. It's not the brakes, it's the wheel speed sensor. Check the wires (not the brake lines) going to each of the rear wheels, make sure the connectors are tight and no wires are pinched.
  3. Yes, you may have to drive in reverse to fully disengage 4WD, but you will KNOW it didn't release properly because of increased road noise and steering effort, and not turning it off shouldn't break anything anyway. The front wheels (and front diff) are chain driven, with the idea that the chain will slip before anything major breaks. You should get a kind of a thumping sound like you are going over a speed bump if the chain is slipping. Most 4x4 trucks disengage the front wheels from the axle in 4x2 mode, the Ranger (us spec, not sure about the global model) is one of the few that keeps it live at all times and simply engages and disengages the 4WD transfer case to activate 4WD, so the front diff will be spinning regardless of 4WD mode selection... so i recommend checking the oil level in the front diff, be sure it isnt slinging it all out or something. Also, be sure all 4 tires are the same. Do not mix brands, old and new, etc. They need to be very close to the same size all the way around, measure them to be sure they are the same size. If the tire sizes are far enough apart, you can cause damage to the 4WD system.
  4. You also have to take into account spring rate, which varies depending on option pack. My opinion is if you replace both rear springs it doesn't really matter, but it will matter a lot if you only change one spring. You should also look at thickness of the leaves, because you don't want to put a weaker spring on than you started with.
  5. We had a Chevrolet Suburban for almost 6 months before the transmission died on it, so I thought we should get something a little more robust. It only holds 6 passengers, but it looks like it already survived a zombie apocalypse and is ready for another one. The sheer size of this thing wasn't really something I noticed until I parked it next to the Suburban, and it made the Suburban look small. I've been slowly painting over the rusty bits with rustoleum rust reformer. It's got a 7.3 liter turbocharged diesel engine - and for all the displacement, it only puts out 235 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Rated for half a million miles though. The 7.3 liter engines are capable of much more horsepower, but they restrict power in truck applications to prevent heat soak from destroying the engine (Basically, you aren't going to use your Fiesta to drag a 12,000 pound trailer over a mountain range, while you just might do it with this truck). It's 21.5 feet long with a full crew cab (full front and rear doors), 8 foot pickup box, and a maximum loaded weight of 9900 pounds, full manual 4 wheel drive (You have to get out and twist the front hubs to engage 4WD), and no creature comforts besides AC, cruise, and an AM/FM/CD player. It's even got an old style front bench seat, crank windows, and manual door locks. LOTS of fun to drive, it was built long before emission controls were even though of for diesel trucks over here. I think it's sole emissions control is the CCV hose goes back into the air intake instead of venting to the ground. If you really mash the throttle pedal down it belches smoke and howls like a jetliner taking off. I took the absolutely stupid checkerboard decals off the side of the truck after this picture was taken, I have no idea why someone would ruin a vehicle like that.
  6. p38fln

    New C-Max

    Some pictures. I figure it will look a strange to you all with the small American plates on it as your big plates look to me. Are the two lights on the hatch fog lights? They just seem kind of randomly placed and we don't have rear fog lights here. LED lights under the headlights are pretty cool, i just wish it had fog lights and the navigation radio
  7. I know you all have way stricter insurance over there, but I've got a similar situation to Micro - hit a deer, did over $9,000 damage to our Escape Titanium. Those HID headlights are EXPENSIVE, both of them had to be replaced and they run about $1250 each. It was listed as not as fault, but the insurance company still raised the 6 month rate by $500 due to the incident. They told me that I shouldn't have hit the deer, I offered to drive into the ditch or oncoming traffic next time so they wouldn't have to pay for the next deer hit and asked if they would rather pay for the head on collision with another vehicle... They refused to back down, I found another insurance company. Insurance companies are bizarre places that are just out to take their customers money as quickly as possible is all I managed to learn from the experience.
  8. In Chicago the dang things actually flash like a traditional camera so you know you're screwed. They're obviously digital cameras because you get an email the following day with a video of whatever you did so you can't argue that the light was yellow when you went into the intersection, the flash is just a nice artistic touch. One flash for every car that runs the light. The most I've seen at once was 3. It was a very bad neighborhood, the 4700 block of South Western Avenue, someone had just been shot in the face there two weeks earlier while waiting at a stop light. Not sure what was going on, but we left as quickly as possible. Chicago is an...interesting place :)
  9. Try mashing the gas pedal down, see if the wobbling goes away when it downshifts. If the answer is "yes" then you've got bad spark plugs, which I would expect on a 10 year old car. Just replace them, and the problem should go away. No one ever thinks of the spark plugs anymore since they last so long these days.
  10. I did this shortly after we got our 2013 Escape/Kuga - Don't ever fill the tank up completely (until the nozzle clicks off) and then slowly put in more until it really can't hold any more. You might get another gallon in the car, but there's a vacuum hose at the top of the filler neck that runs to the Evap canister, and filling it COMPLETELY will cause fuel to get sucked into the emissions system, causing all kinds of issues. Lucky for me it was covered under warranty, but still something to be aware of.
  11. It's just like a regular fuel filler neck except there's a flap that you push open with the fuel nozzle, anything you spill runs back out just like on a regular vehicle. I believe there's an anti-siphon device in the fuel neck that prevents siphoning, not 100 % sure on that though.
  12. p38fln

    What Tyres

    Michelin LTX was significantly cheaper than the original Continentals, every tire dealer I checked agreed that they were not only cheaper, but lasted longer and had better traction as well. I've really liked the Michelins, haven't had a chance to try them in snow yet but I've been told they work better there was well. The original Continental was only rated for 40,000 miles and the Michelin LTX is either rated for 50K or 60K miles, not totally sure which one anymore. I have tried them in muddy, rutted roads, worked fine, no slipping at all. This is for the 235/45R19 size.
  13. The US version of the car turns the airbag off automatically unless there is at least 85 pounds of "something" in the passenger seat. Between 20 and 84 pounds, it will also illuminate a light in front of the gearshift that says "Passenger airbag off" Not sure if the European Kuga is the same way, but I would expect similar behavior - you can test it by putting something fairly heavy in the passenger seat (under 85 pounds) and see if the Passenger airbag off light illuminates or not, be sure the engine is running. It takes about 60 seconds for the car to decide what to do with the airbag, so wait 2-3 minutes after you put the bag there.
  14. We're a bit luckier here - lots of Ford dealers. Some of them are definitely better than others. The one I just got my C-Max at had me in and out in under 2 hours, including the test drive, and the only extra they tried to sell was the extended warranty, but when we got our Escape (Kuga) at another Ford dealer in the area, it took almost 6 hours while they tried to sell rust proofing, extended warranties, leather warranties, accessories, and some things that I can't even remember now. In both cases we set an appointment up first - it does seem to work better that way. The worst Ford dealer experience - I was trading a 2003 Ranger for a 2011 F-150 (At the time, brand new). The terrible dealer offered something like $6,000 less than book value for the excellent condition trade-in. I started laughing so hard I couldn't see straight as soon as I got out of the showroom. They sent me a letter two weeks later asking if they had offended me... I never replied or went back to that dealer. We had another one do a transmission flush on our 2006 Focus, and as soon as we got the car back the check engine light came on because a vacuum hose had burst under the intake manifold (within hours of the transmission flush). They swore it wasn't their fault and it was like that when we brought it in and offered to fix it for $700. We paid the $700 to fix it, because we needed the car, but paid it to a different dealership.
  15. p38fln

    New C-Max

    I just replaced our 4x4 Ford Expedition with a 2017 C-Max. It's something like 25% of the size of the original car, but the MPGs are just awesome. American C-Max's are only available as hybrids, with a 105 KW 2 liter Atkinson-cycle combined with a 35 KW electric motor. How well does the C-Max do in snow? Yes, I know it's not the same car, the hybrid is probably quite a bit heavier but tires and ground clearance should be the same.