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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-20-11, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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please help sputtering problem

hi guys im not sure where to put this but im new to the ford family i just purchased a 1997 ford club wagon 15 passenger xlt with 72000 miles it has the 5.4 engine not sure if its the super duty or not thats my first mystery second when traveling between 40-60 miles per hour the van starts to sputter really bad I've searched but couldnt fine a definitive answer also i went to the car wash and the upper drivers side rear was soaking wet is their a leaking problem these vans have and last but not lease the first row of my rear seats the part that holds the seats in place well looks like one of the holders broke off allowing me to only hook one side up and whom ever tryed to replace it looks like they striped the bolt and i need that front seat for my son when thier with me any advise would be greatly appreciated oh by the way any body from ny long island

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-20-11, 09:25 PM
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It could be the fuel filter but I'd take it to Autozone and have them check for codes. The light doesn't have to be on for codes to be present.

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wow thanks for the quick reply ill do that tomorrow what about all the other stuff
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Not sure about the other stuff. We have some vans like that in our fleet and haven't had any problems like that. The only thing you can do for the water leak is have someone inside and hose it down. As for the seat, I'm not sure what part you mean. Can you post a picture of it?

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dont know how to post pic but let me try to explain better i have four rows of seats the first row right in back of the driver and passenger side front seats if you take that seat out their are four brackets on the floor where the seats hook in ok the brackets on the passenger side i guess some how broke off so i can only hook the drivers side i hope that made sence
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ok guys so im gonna trouble shoot first im going to start with the coilpacks what i need to know is how many coilpacks are thier , where are they located which ones should i buy and where to buy them from
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There's a coil on each plug. Have you had the codes checked? I'd only replace the defective one/s.

Does the seat bracket look like these on this site? Ford Econoline Van factory bench seats, OEM Seating

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yes those are the brackets i need but i cant get the old ones off both bolts are stripped and no i didnt check the codes ill go to auto zone tomorrow and check will i be able to buy the coils at auto zone or i have to get them at the dealer and thiers a coil for each pulg but how many plugs are thier also i need the top five websites for purchasing parts
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Check Rockauto, one of our sponsors. They have great prices. Make sure they are not made in China. They don't last if they work in the first place.There's one on each plug. You really only need to replace the bad ones.

If the bolts heads are stripped, you can weld a nut on top and back them out. Then get new bolts.

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ok went to auto zone the code i got was cylinder 1 misfire so being that the van was sitting for a long time im going to try injector cleaner with a full tank of gas first if that dosen't work im gonna get the coilpacks replease plugs and wires if that dosen't work im putting a forsale sign on it lol
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