Wish I could ask this without the long story but without it I’m not sure what I am even asking, so here goes…
Vehicle: Ford Ranger 2003 Edge
Symptoms: Fluid splash on inside driver wheel well, runner and under carriage below driver, Spark when turning ignition on noticeable from driver’s side front fender.
Story: An old shadetree was pulling into a parking space next to me on the driver’s side just as I turned the key to start my truck. It was around 10pm in the midst of Carnival season so it didn’t phase me that he had a little beer buzz going, I mention this because I couldn’t understand quite everything he said…hence the confusion as to what happened next.
He hollered to me something about noticing a spark under the truck ( I’m not sure where the spark was but he was able to see it from his position in the driver’s seat of his truck) Next, he got out and reach under my driver’s side wheel well up to about his bicep and ‘fiddled’ with something saying that “You got this ‘fluid’ backing up, not leaking but backing up” and that " ‘They’ would charge me $500 to replace ‘It’ but ‘it’ don’t need to be replaced." When he was done ‘fiddling’ he said something about getting the truck up to 50 mph and ‘it’ (possibly a different ‘it’) would reset itself, all the while interjecting that ‘…he had to pee real bad…’ so I gave him the last $7 I had on me and my only lighter, it seemed a fair exchange for at least alerting me to an issue if not possibly fixing it,
I did notice the fluid spray he pointed out though I have never seen a spark. Also, the automatic transmission had been shifting hard ( you know when changing gears it would sometimes catch or pop hard especially if accelerating quickly ) however since laying hands on my ‘It’ the trans is much smoother.
I’m concerned what all this means to the longevity of my truck, what did he see, what did he touch and what should I do about it. I thought perhaps I should run this by you folks before I go back to the Walgreens and slam beers until I reach enlightenment.