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F150 found dead! one missing screw killed this engine! and not how you might think. read description – Auto Repair Chat

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It didn't occur to me how that newish looking ignition module failed, until later that night after I finished editing. In the moment I just chalked it up to a crappy aftermarket part. Then I remembered the missing screw that bolted the module to the aluminum heat sink. Since the part was not bolted down properly, there was an air gap between the module and the heat sink. I speculate and hypothesize that the cooling effect was diminished and that caused the ignition module to overheat to the point of failure. Again, this thought didn't occur to me in the moment, but seems to be a rational explanation to what would cause a recently replaced part to fail. Or it was just crap to begin with. I like the first version better.

49 thoughts on “F150 found dead! one missing screw killed this engine! and not how you might think. read description”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robort Kristensen says:

    Strange to see you NOT using heat paste and then inserting that bolt that later has to be drilled out. Otherwice I enjoy watching your video's. Inspires me to get my hands dirty

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sam Jackson says:

    Add a comment…

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Karl Griggs says:

    Trick or Treat to the next person that need to replace the module again…over the same screw…damn that was a special repair…😅🤣😂🤣😅😂🤣🖕🖕🖕

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James K says:

    Aggghhhhh Electrical Tape – If your address is listed anywhere here I swear I am sending you some Tesa tape for rewraps ! 😉

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lloyd Vandervort says:

    heat sink compound

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Belen says:

    Reeeee. How will the hex screw ever be removed? Reeeeeee.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Luther says:

    Dude Ray said shitty!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Luther says:

    great workhorse motors

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RCPro Driver says:

    Not cutting a slot in the self tapper is going to cause a headache for the next guy. A quick slot cut into the head would make it work with a flathead .

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Kennedy says:

    Reeee! The amount of work you went through to force a too-long self threading sheet metal screw into a 10-32 hole, instead of just finding a 10-32 screw (not one in the entire shop?)
    I've got a box of misc machine screws if you want some.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Kennedy says:

    Choppers…. Wagner…. "I love the smell of brake parts cleaner in the morning, it's the smell of … Victory"

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars scottholt69ify says:

    What a piece of garbage, just shoot it also because it's a ford.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Trunk says:

    Those modules used to come with a little packet of heat conductive grease and new screws with thread lock.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Adams says:

    The next time the module needs replacing, someone will have a lot of trouble removing your hardened self tapping screw since a socket won’t work.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ron Sellers says:

    Great video.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Denny J says:

    300ci 6 definitely on my list of wanna have engines. This is on a 95 F-150? Anyone else have one of these, how's it working for you?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Porter says:

    I bet there is a set of points and condenser and a match book in the glove box. I had a 77 F Series Super Camper Special. I miss that old truck.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bjarke Thornwood says:

    REEEEEEEE

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Norris says:

    I would go nuts if I had to listen to that music at work all day.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Markomyt1 says:

    That was fun!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Glenn Noll says:

    How many hours does it take to take a gas tank out ND put it in for a infinity FX35

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 7979crashnburn says:

    Dang you Tom Petty

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Smith says:

    Part of the fun watching your posts is listening to to cool music in the background

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mitchell Oates says:

    Brings a tear to my eye, seeing a good old-fashioned inline 6. There's just something about inline 6's, no matter what brand they are, they're tough as hell and damn near impossible to kill.
    My first car, way back in 1977, was a '65 Mustang with a 200 inline 6 Windsor, with that single barrel carb, and 3 speed auto tranny. Saw me thru my last year of high school, and my first two years in the USN.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr.Cosmar says:

    small electronics repairman here, you will hear no REEEEE from this guy. Wires like that are common in vintage electronics I refurbish from time to time…that's all I do as well…"make it better than what it was"…and I say nothing about it. Sometimes it's not only unnecessary to replace a whole wire, it can break more things in the process. That goes for old vehicles too.

    My rule of thumb when considering replacing a whole wire, "does a 4mm clip, and a 4mm strip make it shiny?" if it's no, lose the whole wire. If I have to splice, least for small electronics, f*** a solder joint unless it's directly to the PCB. They make special connectors otherwise, and you should be using them if you do this work.

    I'm bored, and I find it entertaining how similar professionals think in different lines of work.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don's Junkmail says:

    You got ford grease introduced into your system

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Viking 2121 says:

    Yeah my aunt bought a 98 Monte Carlo and about 8 months later it just died while driving, crank it, it sounded like it was out of time, Replaced the cam sensor and crank sensor, still the same thing. I dug down into it, and I found a nut in the cam shaft area, So I thought, broken timing chain, nope, cranked it and the front half would turn, back have wouldn't, it broke the cam in half under 1 of the main bearings, So I did a cam job on it, and the car has been running great ever since.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Henry Duke says:

    Okay smarty but how would you get the screw back out

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars IntenseGrid says:

    It was sooooo annoying to see you tap on the screen like that. You do know those scratch easily, right?

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Steed says:

    Its a ford should have just scraped it.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Ory says:

    We have no problems. Only solutions waiting to be found

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tracy nichols says:

    Sorry ,been there done that ! You forgot the heat sink Grease, they don't last long without it.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Trevor Ward says:

    Ack! Square body flash-backs 😀 Thanks for the vid.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Hawkey says:

    You just made it harder if needed to changeagain

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chelsea Peters says:

    This ain't no charity event bro!!!!!I 🤬

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jordayn Spike says:

    man i have a 94 302 v8. the ps pumps all sound like moaning sheep

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars davros says:

    Good job Ray

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Franklin Werren says:

    I had a 1978 F150 4×4 and that mod was in an easy spot on the firewall… It had a Transistor on it with a few other circuits underneath it and the transistor blew and I was too cheep to pay for a new module so I took a Horizontal output transistor out of my kit, and it worked for years… best 3 bucks I ever spent…

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Johnson says:

    The new in-dash radio is probably worth more than the rest of the truck! Nice work.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars P.C. Windham Paranormal/Romance/Sci-fi/Fantasy says:

    In my opinion, the Ford 300 in-line six is the best engine Ford ever built. I really wish they would not have discontinued it.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eternulax The Immortal says:

    Rrrrrèeeeeeeeeeeee