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  1. PaulSchott

    Joys of Old Cars

    I have 2 old cars and enjoy the fact that I also have 0 car payments. First old car is a 2002 Grand Cherokee. Last month it needed a new radiator. I noticed the antifreeze smell and saw a small crack in the upper tank. This car is a genuine pain to replace the radiator. I used to be a do it yourself guy but I'm getting too old and lazy to do it myself. Ok $600 bucks later it's fixed. A week later it's getting warm but the A/C doesn't work. get all pissed off at the repair shop figuring they didn't recharge the system. I am wrong, it has a full charge and the compressor is running. The only problem is that it runs but it doesn't pump Freon. First quote is for over a grand. I bought the compressor rebuilt on eBay for about $180 and he installed it for $300 plus tax. OK another $500. Now to my 2007 Edge. Misfire on CYL #2. I already bought the plugs and coil boot set for about $100 on eBay. If it was CYL 4,5or 6 I would have done it myself of course It's CYL#2. I did the plugs at about 90,000 miles now it has 150,000 so we do the plugs and boots plus a new coil at $160 at the shop because I'm old and lazy. Another $400. Oh yeah, he also remounted and balanced a tire for $20 included in the price. I'm so happy not to have payments. They have been replaced by repair bills. Sorry for my bitching, Now all I need to do is replace the brakes on the Edge and I should be done. Yeah Right LOL🤪
  2. The hissing noise was probably the water in the system hitting the fan and spraying. It should be gone. Next tie I would try using vacuum to pull the water out of the system. The dirt that was blocking the drain is probably still inside. Keep an eye on drainage from the system.
  3. What year is your Edge? I swapped out my factory head unit on my 2007 with an aftermarket Nav. unit with blue tooth for less than $200. I love it. I never hooked to steering wheel controls up but I don't miss them.
  4. If it starts and acts normally sometimes, It's probably the key or the receiver located around the ignition key. Try another key and move another key around the lock area. Intermittent problems are difficult to find.
  5. PaulSchott

    2017 Edge Ringing Noise

    Possibly the fuel pump? Try pulling the fuel pump fuse, Getting under the car close to the tank may help determine where it's coming from. Does your car have noise cancellation? I understand that it can do freaky things.
  6. My dad had an Eldorado. The CV joints cost him a fortune to replace. A real beauty though. He went back to rear wheel drive after the Caddy. That's when GM actually made cars that people wanted.
  7. PaulSchott

    New leak

    Taste it. (Don't swallow) If it's sweet it's coolant.
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    Better check that spare!

    A couple of years ago I went unintentionally off roading in a snow storm and blew a tire on a rock. The spare was half flat but got me to work where there was an air compressor. I don't think I have checked it since then. Looks like something to add to my to do list.
  9. I had a 98 Contour sport with the with the 2.8 V6. The water pump was driven via belt and tensioner off the back of one of the cam shafts. It was a half hour job to remove the belt drive and the pump with about 8 screws. The housing stayed put with all of the hoses and the pump face and impeller was replaced. I guess Ford had a better idea when the Edge arrived.
  10. I have 145,000 on my 2007 and have done brakes, Tires, Mobile 1 oil changes, Brake flushes, coolant flushes, Transmission flushes, windshield wiper changes. and many other maintenance items and I'm sure I am nowhere near what you have spent. (that would also be including the water pump for $1700) I would take a hard look at the dealership and their prices and their willingness to unnecessary service that they suggest and not Ford. If you have a good private trusted mechanic use them. Only use the dealer for recalls. I used the dealer only for the gas tank recall and the Takata airbag recall. When they did the gas tank they suggested all kinds of "necessary" lol service items.
  11. Try the connections on the inside of the door. I had the same problem intermittently and the plug was loose.
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    Gaz smell!!!!

    I'm assuming gasoline. Are you parking in a garage? Time to take a good look (and sniff) at the engine compartment. Evap system, fuel lines, etc. Fumes getting into the cowl area from someplace. Any check engine lights on, Gas cap.
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    Motor will crank but not start

    Tapping the starter is an old trick. It may fix it forever or it may work for a few days. I believe these starters have a solenoid that engages the gear with the fly wheel. If the mechanism is sticky of the solenoid is weak the motor won't engage. I would be inclined to change the starter for reliability reasons. I don't think your wife will be happy having to bang on the starter to get home.
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    Whining noise

    My 2007 has a slight wine also. I only hear it when my wife is in the car. Actually only when it's cold outside. Try a fluid change and pray it doesn't get worse.
  15. PaulSchott

    Water Pump Failure Prevention

    I am not complaining, I did the $1700 pump replacement and have just flushed the coolant at about 30,000 miles after. As far as the necessity of placing the pump internally I had a 98 Ford Contour Sport with the 2.8 24V V6. Similar setup. The water pump was driven off one of the cam shafts with a pulley and tensioner setup. I changed the pump in about an hour. Remove about 8 screws and just swap the pump. (May have been 10 or 12 screws. don't call me a liar.) The plastic impeller failed and spun on the shaft. People on the forum complained about Ford using a plastic impeller. My point is that when you design a car there are many failure points. Some show up unexpectedly early in the lifecycle of the vehicle.