Well c. Sneed, I can see where this is frustrating. We will do the best we can here.
I just want to make sure we are on the same vehicle, you do have the 7.3L like you said, diesel, turbo and the 8th digit of your VIN is F. Correct?
Okay, let's break this down and do a couple of checks.
If I understand you correctly, we are looking at the brakes, engine miss, front end vibration and not starting at times.
First, please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery and alternator.
Next, the brakes. You said you have changed several components. What were they and why did you change them?
Please check the brake power booster by pumping on the brake pedal while the vehicle isn't running. Continue pumping until you've "bled off" the vacuum from the booster.
Then hold the pedal down while you start the vehicle. The pedal should go down a bit more beneath your foot. If it doesn't, then you should examine the connection between the vacuum hose of the brake power and the engine's vacuum.
When you were bleeding the brakes. They were pumped up. The (left? Right?) Front tire would not spin until you opened the bleeder valve. Now you say all the tires would not rotate? So if you apply or pump the brakes then all 4 tires don't seem to want to move. All 4 brakes are dragging or just the front or just the back or just the left front or right front?
They feel like they drag all the time or just that one time bleeding and each FIRST start of the day?
Does your emergency brake work okay?
Are you loosing any brake fluid at all?
Engine miss - is this at idle, acceleration, just while driving normal, with a load, when the engine is cold, normal temp. Any time, in gear only, in park only, both part and in gear?
Front end vibration. How old are your tires, when was the last time you had them balanced and rotated? How much treat is on them? Is this only at braking, at any speed, while driving steady at say, 55 mph? Is the vibration start at the same time as the engine miss?
Okay, not starting. Does that mean you turn the key to start, all the dash lights come on but then nothing, no noise, the engine doesn't turn at all, it just sits quiet.
Or, does that mean you turn the key and the engine belts etc are turning but it doesn't fire off and start. No sputter or nothing?
Why did you change the power steering pump?
Okay, please get back with me on the above and we will see what we can do.
Monday, January 5th, 2009 AT 5:46 PM