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Thanks Reed! I might call on you some day.
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Thanks for offering this service, I'm sure I'll pick your brain
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Reed I was hoping you lived closer, as I have a tranny job and clutch to do. We could talk black guns and I could make all the coffee you could stand! LOL!
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I'll bite... 2003 Ford focus ZX3... pretty much every day on my way to work while I'm driving and I smell a smell like burning plastic. It is random and only lasts like 10 to 15 seconds... I could be stopped or driving, there is no pattern.... flushed and checked the radiator, had a friend look at the heater... i can't figure it out.

Super annoying and makes nauseous when it happens...PMed as well. but i thought it would be more fun to have the solutions public
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I'll bite... 2003 Ford focus ZX3... pretty much every day on my way to work while I'm driving and I smell a smell like burning plastic. It is random and only lasts like 10 to 15 seconds... I could be stopped or driving, there is no pattern.... flushed and checked the radiator, had a friend look at the heater... i can't figure it out.

Super annoying and makes nauseous when it happens...PMed as well. but i thought it would be more fun to have the solutions public
Well you are not alone. I had one come into the shop about a year ago with the same problem. The owner said it smelled like electrical wires heating up or fire but we where never able to pin point the problem ,ad the fact that Ford never put out a TSB or service bulletin to address the odor/problem. I went crazy trying to find the odor and never did find the issue or cause. If you do end up finding it please let me know what it is.
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I am going to jump in here and mention that I am somewhat "teaming up" with Reed on this subject and will help with auto repair questions as well.

I will give you a little background about myself. I am currently an ASE Master tech, although I am no longer turning wrenches as a career. I realized that there was more to the job than one realizes and it wasn't for me (more on that later). My background is working for Ford, so that is where most of my knowledge lies, although I have worked on my fair share of many other models as well.

I've already cleared this with Reed since it is his thread and look forward to hopefully saving you some headaches and cash. Feel free to send the questions.
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hi
any tips for removing my eec computer from the dash of my 1985 f150?
i pulled the 302 and put in a 1969 351w from a cougar..... go points/carb !
i cut all the wires off.

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Check the drive belt pully's, I have had one come in and the belt was riding uneven due to a weak idler pully. The belt was burning on the edge ; ) (This was a response to JustaCountryGirl's post) Sorry new at this ; )
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Well you are not alone. I had one come into the shop about a year ago with the same problem. The owner said it smelled like electrical wires heating up or fire but we where never able to pin point the problem ,ad the fact that Ford never put out a TSB or service bulletin to address the odor/problem. I went crazy trying to find the odor and never did find the issue or cause. If you do end up finding it please let me know what it is.
Can't guartantee that it is the same uissue, but many GM products have a similar smell - it was determined on mine to be the catalytic convertor - and I was advised that if I replaced it, eventually the new one would also develop this smell - it's annoying, but not a serious condition, so I left it - and now have almost 190K on the vehicle with no problems. I recently bought another GM product, and it has the same issue with the same diagnosis - again unsure if this is right, but may be a possible???
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First, thank you very much for this thread. I have recently purchased a used 2008 Grand Marquis. It has "visors" over each of the car windows. One of the visors looks like it is coming off. From what I can see, it was attached by some type of adhesive. I would like to know what (and where) is the best auto adhesive to purchase for the repair.
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Hey Guys, The heater core has started leaking on my Expedition and calling around to several repairshops and the Ford Stealership looks like it will be just over $1ooo to replace it. Does this sound right? I have seen the You Tube videos and I know they say the entire dash needs to be disassembled to replace the heater core.

I am disabled and am on a very fixed income so that is not going to happen until at least next summer.

So, my question is has anyone ever had anyluck with a product called Bars Leaks? or any other product that stops or slows down leaks? I also thought about trying to just disconnect the coolant lines to the heater but I can't even get to them where they go thru the firewall. I am open to any other suggestions you guys may have. Thanks
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Well you are not alone. I had one come into the shop about a year ago with the same problem. The owner said it smelled like electrical wires heating up or fire but we where never able to pin point the problem ,ad the fact that Ford never put out a TSB or service bulletin to address the odor/problem. I went crazy trying to find the odor and never did find the issue or cause. If you do end up finding it please let me know what it is.
Only thing I could think of was the time after I put leds in my footwells. Smelt like burning rubber for awhile then went away turned out my shotty job with electrical tape was the problem just something to think about though you've probably forgot more about cars than I know
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I'll bite... 2003 Ford focus ZX3... pretty much every day on my way to work while I'm driving and I smell a smell like burning plastic. It is random and only lasts like 10 to 15 seconds... I could be stopped or driving, there is no pattern.... flushed and checked the radiator, had a friend look at the heater... i can't figure it out.

Super annoying and makes nauseous when it happens...PMed as well. but i thought it would be more fun to have the solutions public
Did your friend check the heating element and your heater I once had a Ford pick up and the wires going to it melted right around it just thought maybe it'll help
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What would be really, really useful to me [and maybe one or two other folks here who aren't anywhere near as car-savvy as you] is some of your experience dumped into a FAQ so I don't ask you the same question you just got asked...and you'd save on answering the same question repeatedly.

What are funny noises/symptoms indicative of serious issues, or which ones can I ignore? How do I tell if the @#$#@$ computer chip is going out? Is it a serious problem if my emergency brake light won't go out [I already know the answer to that one because my car's got that problem, but it's an example of what would be handy to know]?
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What would be really, really useful to me [and maybe one or two other folks here who aren't anywhere near as car-savvy as you] is some of your experience dumped into a FAQ so I don't ask you the same question you just got asked...and you'd save on answering the same question repeatedly.

What are funny noises/symptoms indicative of serious issues, or which ones can I ignore? How do I tell if the @#$#@$ computer chip is going out? Is it a serious problem if my emergency brake light won't go out [I already know the answer to that one because my car's got that problem, but it's an example of what would be handy to know]?

If you could be more specific on make and model it may help a little more as certain vehicles are prone to certain issues.
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http://forums.focaljet.com/team-tech...ing-smell.html - alternator?? does that make any sense? I'll look into it further

edit: after further research on focus buring smell problems.. could be related to wiring... i'll take a look and let ya'll know if i figure it out
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Hi Reed and thanks for your service I was wondering what you use to seal the thermostat housing on an older car. I know some people use gaskets and some use no gasket but some type of glue/sealer from a can. Thanks.
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