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  1. 04Mike
    08-16-2014 05:17 PM - permalink
    I noticed in your sig that you mention the updated VCT solenoids. I have a 2004 Lariat with the 5.4 and it has 163k on it. I am the original owner. It seems to sound ok to me other than a dull knock sound after it has warmed up. I have used the MC 5W-20 and a FL-820S filter changed every 5k since new. I add about 1/2 qt after 3k to bring it back up to the full mark between changes. My question is..........It has the original VCT solenoids in it. I bought the newer "B" version. Would you advise me to change them out? After owning the truck for 10 years, I have decided to basically do a bunch of preventive maintenance in hopes it will last me to 200k or more. Thanks for any response as I can tell from your posts that you are very knowledgable on these trucks/engines.
    Thanks again,
    Mike Mathis
  2. kkmsurfer
    05-18-2014 12:41 PM - permalink
    I saw your earlier post on Transit Connect transmission problems. I have a 2012 Transit and just had a transmission rebuild due to the small OD band and low line pressure. The clutches and OD band were burnt. I had taken it to the dealer twice while under warranty and they couldn't determine the problem. I then took it to NTB twice and they only replaced engine mounts shaken loose due to the transmission problem. I then took it to a transmission shop 3 separate times before the problem could be identified. They found the TSB on the problem and said that fluid was not getting to the right places due to low line pressure and that eventually burned up my transmission. The OD failed as well. To correct the problem they had a machine shop drill larger holes for installing more heavy duty pressure solenoid and OD. I have spent thousands of dollars and it seems to me that these problems are design flaws and that I have a legitimate lemon law claim. Do you agree?
  3. a359694
    03-11-2014 05:10 PM - permalink
    I see you're in the Raleigh area, I'm in Holly Springs. Do you work solely in the dealership or do you do any work on the side?
  4. cableguy37
    01-28-2014 07:16 PM - permalink
    You seem to know a lot about the Ford 5.4 3v motors. I have a 2005 f150 with a 5.4 3v motor. The passenger timing chain guide broke and put a hole in my valve cover. I took the valve cover off along with the timing cover. I replaced the guide and put it back together. It idled rough. I then took it back apart and replaced the cam phaser the and chain and the tensioner.while doing this the camshaft moved.i did mark it before I began but was unable to get it back to where it was. I put the new chain,tensioner,and phaser on I got the marks on the chain to line up according to the Chilton manual I brought but when I turn the motor over by hand it doesn't feel right. Now I am worried I my have bent something. I really hate to other you but I have no one I can ask for advise.
  5. hitchit
    01-05-2014 12:59 PM - permalink
    I just replaced both VCT's and started engine and she runs rough. P0345,p0349 codes. Would a bad cam position sensor make it run rough? I'm positive it went back together with all marks lined up.
  6. lowblack150
    09-07-2013 01:08 PM - permalink
    I hope you do not mine me pm you. I am currently rebuilding a 2005 5.4 3 valve engine. It had to be bored 30 over due to 7 ring coming apart. I am replacing everything in the motor but crank and rods. I am going with comp cam MT273LL cam cam phaser limiter kit and matching valve springs from them. I will also be installing new cam phasers. My question is do you know where I can get a video or detailed instructions on how to get the timing correct when I am assembling the motor. Any help would be great. Sorry for the long message just wanting to give all the details.
  7. jaymay75
    04-25-2013 11:30 AM - permalink
    I need to change the timing chains, tensioners, guides on my 2004 F150 3v 5.4. I'd like to discuss this process with you. I'd be willing to pay you for your advice as well. Please PM me back.

    Thank you,

    Jason May
  8. regelski
    03-14-2013 08:35 AM - permalink
    my 2011 ford eccoboost xlt has the same problem no help from dealer did you have the clucthes replaced and also the valve body ?? I called Ford customer service no help yet. please reply
  9. meengener
    11-27-2012 10:41 PM - permalink
    hello looking for some help...i am doing a engine pull on a 2003 expediton...i cannot get the driver side motor mount off....there is a long horizontal bolt that has loosened up but will not turn off...there is a weird nylon washer on the nut side....do you have any suggestions as this is the last part that i need to make the pull?
  10. Jason Bill
    10-06-2012 05:35 PM - permalink
    Jason Bill
    Hello, I am following your steps to install the timing chain and gears on a 5.4. The kicker is that I have gone to 4.6 pi heads and are not the same in any way. The old cams were a press on style and these are a keyway style. The left hand gear worked according to your posted procedure but there is no way the right will go. Any thoughts?

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