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Ford Fusion Electronic Parking Brake Service Mode Procedure

On 2013 and newer Ford Fusion models, the parking brake uses rear calipers with electric motors to actuate the electronic parking brake (EPB). Putting the system into service or maintenance mode to retract the pistons is performed using a series of steps while sitting in the driver’s seat. Activation Set the ignition to ON. Press…

Catalytic Converter Efficiency

Almost every part on the engine determines how long a catalytic converter will last. It could be a faulty line of computer code that pulses an injector too long, or it could be a stuck piston ring that allows oil to be sucked into the combustion chamber. These little details can limit the life of…

Bleeding Hydraulic Clutch Systems

Models: 1988-2005 Ford Ranger, Explorer, Navajo, F-Series trucks Replacing a clutch bearing on a Ford Ranger, Explorer, Navajo or F-Series truck generally completes the repair with no further replacement parts needed. However, master cylinders may need to be replaced, which could result in air getting into the system. This tech tip describes a common method to…

What Exactly is an Active Shock or Strut?

What exactly is an “active” shock or strut? For a shock or strut to be active, it must be able to react to three critical streams of information. First, it must act on information from the ABS and stability control system. Second, it must measure body movement. Third, it must detect the extent and rate…

From Pedal to Pads: Brake Systems Explained

Chances are your foot will know the condition of a vehicle’s brakes and the quality of the brake pads before your mind puts it all together. Consider this: Stopping a 4,000-lb vehicle requires a driver to press on a pedal to generate friction at the wheels. What happens in between the pedal and pads can…

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