my problem is that on some days my van wont start so im thinking
distributor cap. now i took it to a repair shop and they said that was the
problem and also i need a tune up and wires and they quoted me $600.00 to
put new wires and new cap and air filter and fuel filter so my question is
$600.00 to much to pay?.and is there any way i can do it myself with a book
or anything else. by the way i am a woman could that be why the price is so
high. please help.
$600 is a lot for that; it should be $300 or less for plugs, wires, cap
& filters. If you want to try it on your own, get the FACTORY Shop
Manual from eBay (used) or from www.helminc.com (for new). You should
also have a set of socket & open-end wrenches, a test light, a torque
wrench, and a code reader. The first thing I would do is put in fresh
spark plugs, which go a long way toward helping a car start. Another
design weakness preventing a quick cold start is the Idle Air Control
valve that wears out over the years & miles.
I agree, $600 is WAY too much. Around $300 would be reasonable because the
is so difficult to work on, considering dealer labor and parts. Being a woman
a DIY repair easier, as your hands and arms may tend to be smaller than the
gorilla male technician. ;)
I did a quick search for manuals on Ebay. There are a couple of paper EVTMs
(Electrical diagrams) but I didn't find any of the main service manuals in paper
For a complete set there would be 3 books (EVTM, PCED, and Volume H). There are
of CDs though, and they cover all of the material in the 3 books. The Ford
manuals have been available on CD since 1992. They take a little getting used to
are the same info as in the paper manuals. Here's one:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?K24352ADD . This is a (possibly illegal?) copy of
used in the dealerships.
To do the tune up may take up a weekend the first time if you havent attempted
work on your car before. It would be good to have a knowledgable friend for
With the proper tools, as mentioned earlier, it should cost ~$120 using good
Use Motorcraft plugs and good (~$70) plug wires.
As a summat advanced DIY with relatively small hands... I recall doing
rotor, cap and wires in about 2 1/2 hours.
Wire routing takes longer than anything else.. and I still didnt get it
Plugs were done another time as I only have short rations of patience.
The right (passenger) bank took about an hour.
I'd suggest the OP remove the engine cover and make sure of the present
wire routing (though it may be wrong, if it's been done before) maybe
take a picture. Then inform whatever shop selected that the job should
duplicate the stock routing.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
I have owned a '91 Aerostar and currently own a '93 Aerostar and a '96
Aerostar. Between the three vehicles I have put on about 700K miles and
the '93 and '96 are still going strong.
First off, if you've never replaced spark plugs on anything, the
Aerostar is not a vehicle to learn on. I've seen a dealership tech take
four hours to replace the plugs and wires and simply give up. $600 is
too high, but it all depends on what they are going to do to it.
As far as spark plugs on this vehicle, I only recommend Autolite or
Motorcraft double platinum. If I had to recommend one brand of plug
wire, it would have to be Motorcraft. Do NOT put cheap plug wires on
this vehicle. You will regret it within 5K miles. The A4LD tranny on
this vehicle will last a long time if it is serviced regularly. If you
forget about the tranny you will regret it later.
My procedure for replacing the plugs: The left side can be gotten from
the front. The two front right side plugs are accessible by taking the
tire off. The back right plug you get from underneath. The proper
sockets, extensions and ratchets are a necessity. YMMV.
Yeah, did my own as well. Certainly not a 'learner' vehicle. I didn't have
to go underneath for any of mine, but I have skinny arms. ;) Mine ran like
a top at 108K miles until some bozo in an Astro (hate those durn-ugly vans)
t-boned it. It was most uncomfortable.
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