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2000 Ford Mustang Base 2dr Coupe



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Mechanic Q: Idling Fluctuates, Poor Start-Up On Cold Mornings, Starts Up The Suddenly Dies & Wont Turn Over..?

1. Idling Fluctuates: When i start car (Especially when its really cold outside), Car idles normally at first, and throughout time until it hits key temperature. Now before i drive my car, The idling is fine. But after i drive the car to work (Only 3 miles away), When i go to park the car and i put on the handbrake and release of the brake pedal, the revs inmediately drop from 800 to 600. The car will vibrate a little (Not shake), but then it jumps back to 800, it will keep doing that as if car is struggling to keep on, it never shuts down, but sometimes i feel like it about to when i come to a stop light or park it. Any possible causes? 2. Poor Start-Up (Cold Weather): Lately i have been have to fight with my car every morning and every night after work, to get it to run. On really cold days, i have to keep trying to turn engine over about 7-12 times before the car finally turns over. I recently got new spark plugs/wires and gas filter changed (thats what mechanic was the issue. But, even after i got all that work done it still has the same issue as before, it wont start until after a good 7-12 times turning the key. Not sure what the issue is now, battery voltage checks out fine, i have gas in car (even though its at 1/4, sometimes lower, on warmer days its starts up fine), it has spark. I dont know what else to look for, any ideas?. 3. Engine Starts Up, Then Suddenly Dies & Wont Turn Over: So following this issue explained in #2, This issue i had happen to me twice. Which was today and a prior time before. But after i spent so much time trying to get my car to start, i finally starts. I go to the gas station to get car fuel. After fueling up, car starts, then immediatelly dies right after. Car wouldnt turn over, would keep trying to turn but it wouldnt turn over at all. This time around when trying to turn engine over it felt like something was missing, it didnt have the same feel and it also sounded different, it felt more loose. As i kept tyring then it started sounding like a normal struggle to turn over, and felt more like it should, it finally turned over. I instantly thought that my fuel pump was the issue, Im not entirely sure that its that, but i found it wierd that i put fuel into my car then it starts then suddenly dies (possibly lack of fuel getting to motor). Any ideas on issue?. This is the second time this has happened to me. 4. Vacuum Noise When Car Starts/Idling. Well since i bought the car, everytime i start car there is this really loud vacuum humming noise underneath my car. I have no idea where it is coming from, but it sounds like its right underneath my shifter. Also when i put my hand on my shifter i can feel the vibration through my shifter. The noise is louder than my engine, Its not deafening, But it shuts out any noise the motor/exhaust is making. It stops once i drive the car, but it returns at random moments when i either stop the car, or i park the car. Never happens during motion of car. Not sure what it is, any ideas?.

Mechanic Q: Burning Smell While Driving/Car Noise When Shifting/Car Does Not Immediately Shift Into Gears.?

BURNING SMELL Okay so i recently bought this car about a month ago (From A Personal Seller). From the day i test drove it, i would smell a burning smell after i drove the car (still smell it until this day every time i drive it). The guy told me he had replaced the clutch at 100,000 (engine has 116,XXX miles on it), The clutch is not loose and has really good resistance so its not soft or squishy when pressed. But i cant pinpoint where the smell is coming from, Normally when oil or possibly coolant is being burned, i can distinguish it, but the smell this time is more potent/stronger. When in idle i don't smell it until after i drive it a bit. (There is no leaks coming from under the car or exhaust). Can anyone help me? CAR NOISE While shifting into different gears (2nd mostly), you can hear a noise like bang underneath the car (You feel it too underneath), it doesn't happen so much in 3/4th, it's like the faster i'm going the less it will happen. It feels like someone took solid object and just hit it underneath my car. Can Anyone Help? OFFISH SHIFTING When i have to go and make a shift, the shifter wont go into gear until after about 2 seconds, that happens with every gear. But when shifting into 3rd gear it feel like i'm clipping onto something before it enters the 3rd gear entirely. I drove my brother's 03' Honda Accord (Stock, no mods anywhere), and his car shifts on the dime, no hesitation. But my car doesn't shift no where as smooth as his. My car shifts into gear (not as smooth as his, not rough either). It's like my car has delayed shifting. Also i noticed recently when i drive my car for awhile, it tends to drive as if something is holding it back. it doesn't accelerate or rev up as fast, as if it's sand bagging or we have a trailer on the back or something, idk?. If anyone can help, please. i need it. Sorry for making this so long but i like to be very descriptive, So it makes it easier to diagnose the problem for those who tries to help with answers.

A: Window will not go up?

Well i just got both my regulators (driver and passenger side) replaced at meineke, They didn't fully get it fixed, because they said that my relay switch for the windows are bad (Windows go up, not down). They said they will order the part and have it replaced free of charge. So when i get that part replaced, ill let you know if it worked.

Q: BURNING SMELL/THUD NOISE WHEN SHIFTING/DELAYED SHIFTING?

BURNING SMELL Okay so i recently bought this car about a month ago (From A Personal Seller). From the day i test drove it, i would smell a burning smell after i drove the car (still smell it until this day every time i drive it). The guy told me he had replaced the clutch at 100,000 (engine has 116,XXX miles on it), The clutch is not loose and has really good resistance so its not soft or squishy when pressed. But i cant pinpoint where the smell is coming from, Normally when oil or possibly coolant is being burned, i can distinguish it, but the smell this time is more potent/stronger. When in idle i don't smell it until after i drive it a bit. (There is no leaks coming from under the car or exhaust). Can anyone help me? CAR THUD NOISE While shifting into different gears (2nd mostly), you can hear a noise like bang underneath the car When I release the clutch and gas it ehrn in selected gear , it doesn't happen so much in 3/4th, it's like the faster i'm going the less it will happen. It feels like someone took solid object and just hit it underneath my car. Can Anyone Help? OFFISH SHIFTING When i have to go and make a shift, the shifter wont go into gear until after about 2 seconds, that happens with every gear. But when shifting into 3rd gear it feel like i'm clipping onto something before it enters the 3rd gear entirely. I drove my brother's 03' Honda Accord (Stock, no mods anywhere), and his car shifts on the dime, no hesitation. But my car doesn't shift no where as smooth as his. My car shifts into gear (not as smooth as his, not rough either). It's like my car has delayed shifting. Also i noticed recently when i drive my car for awhile, it tends to drive as if something is holding it back. it doesn't accelerate or rev up as fast, as if it's sand bagging or we have a trailer on the back or something, idk?. If anyone can help, please. i need it. Sorry for making this so long but i like to be very descriptive, So it makes it easier to diagnose the problem for those who tries to help with answers.