Join Date: May 2007
Location: Central Florida
Oi, I just had to fall in love with such an old car.
Just changed the oil today. Before, I was running straight 30(cheapo wal mart stuff) and it ran nice and quiet, but it burned oil pretty bad, and It would sometimes have a bit of trouble starting, plus I would have to mash the gas a bit to get moving.
Today I put in 4 quarts of Valvoline 20-50 Conventional and a quart of Lucas stabilizer.(quite a few people with 302's(trucks, CV's and Stangs) told me to give it a shot) Now, she starts easy, has plenty of pep, no oil burning, but when at idle it's a bit louder, a bit deeper and there's a bit of a rattle/tick that sounds like its coming from all 8 cylinders, sounds almost like a diesel.
Under throttle the rattle goes away. May be nothing, but it's got me worried. Is it normal for an oil change to radically change the sound like that? Aside from the ticking/rattle it sounds smoother.
Despite the fact that the cooling system is beyond bad it seems to run a bit cooler. Cooling is next week, couldn't afford everything I needed this week.
Ignition system comes the week after.
Now onto part 2:
Throttle response. I've noticed that some times I loose all throttle response, usually between 45 an 60 mph. I'll mash the throttle to make a pass, or pull out from a turn, and nothing. The rpm's don't rise, and I don't go any faster. I either have to wait about three of four seconds, then the engine speeds up, or I have to get off the gas completely and slowly creep up to full throttle.
Since I've gotten this car the gas pedal has kept me out of more crashes than the brakes, so I'd really like to know whats happening to my responsiveness. I'm guessing (and hoping) that this is all due to short-commings in the fuel delivery(filter, injectors, pump etc.), or perhaps a problem with the cable, or just a sticking valve that can be cleaned.
Any ideas of what could be causing this? I've asked around but I haven't gotten anything helpful. Usually it's just an "I don't Know" but I have had answer ranging from "Because the cars too old" to "because your car just sucks"
And to end this all on a high note, I found out it's only going to cost 85 dollars to fix the A/C, and my backlight(for the gauges) randomly started working!
Chrome don't get you home...