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04-23-2013 11:08 AM
rageclick Gonna be disconnecting this cable and rebuilding it today where it's burnt.

Hopefully it works. Kinda feel like no matter what I do, I have a feeling i'll be either selling it or paying over a 1000 for the dealership to fix.

04-22-2013 03:44 PM
rageclick Here's what I think, let me know what you guys think. (BTW I just bought this car not to long ago.)

So I dug around more & found that the cable that powers the o2 sensors, power pump, steering box, & something to transmission has a few flaws.

It's all 1 cable, so also wondering if theres a name for it. Or is it one of those FORD parts where Ima prob have to spend over 100 on directly from dealer.

In first picture, kinda hard to see but the pins have like this white condensation crust on it. This is where the cable plugs in.

Second picture, the connecter that you plug the cable in is kinda burnt... but still looks like it will work.

Third picture, wire was actually leaning agaisn't exhaust, melted the protective plastic coat.

Forth picture, are 2 wires come from same cable, when I was feeling for it a few plastic chunks crumbled off the wire. Wire feels stiff & burnt.

Last picture is a separate cable for the fans, but you can see was also burn't (Not as bad as the cable underneath.) but should be replaced also.

ALSO found my driver side strut snapped =( Replaced motor mounts couple weeks ago to stop a vibration that didn't work and I believe this is the problem "rollseyes". Just did rear shocks last month too, completely over looked front end.

IF anyone knows if there's a specific name for the cable underneath & fans, let me know pls
04-21-2013 01:10 PM
rageclick Which explains why my car was overheating at idle, fans r toast
04-21-2013 01:09 PM
rageclick Well didn't get much done yesterday because it was snowing and cold err.

Checked all the fuses this morning inside & out, only one that was bad was the cigarette lighter.

Couple things I noticed... bolt was missing off alternator which held ground wire (off starter cable) to it. I re-attached this.


the fan wires are burnt to a crisp right in front of the heat shield =/
04-19-2013 10:03 PM
Originally Posted by rageclick View Post
Not sure how to check a relay. Which is the black box looking fuses I assume?
if you have a multimeter...

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I think our cars have 5pin though instead of 4... but practically the same method none-the-less if you don't want to go replacing fuses left in right...

Also Eric's is a bit of a cluster *, if you have some soldering skills it may be best to solder up a small test bench to make it easier so your not trying to juggle wires, lol...

Also it is best to remove each fuse and inspect it, they may not look damaged until you get a closer look, sometimes they can even look fine but be bad, it's a good idea to have a cheap $2 fuse tester laying around! :)
04-19-2013 08:46 PM
iminhell Don't look. Remove and replace. Anything that sounds like it'd be ignition, PCM/ECU is suspect.
Owners manual has locations and vague descriptions.

Yes, relays are bigger and black.
04-19-2013 08:44 PM
rageclick I don't want to sound like an idiot, but how do I know if a fuse or relay is fried...

And do I have to remove them to see?
04-19-2013 08:44 PM
rageclick From what I can see without removing all the fuses they all look clear, no black, burnt centers, etc.

Fuses under dash I can't even really check out =/ I'm hoping I don't have to rip out every fuse to look at them...

Not sure how to check a relay. Which is the black box looking fuses I assume?
04-19-2013 08:33 PM
iminhell It'll probably be something in the ignition circuit.
Check fuses, Relays, etc.

If you have a second key, try starting using it.
04-19-2013 08:07 PM
rageclick Ya, I was reading somewhere that the PCM might be shot if odometer only reads dashes. I unplugged battery for an hour, and no go =(
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