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Old 01-23-2006, 22:43   #1 (permalink)
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1993 Ford Taurus "GL from Hell" (HELP)

Whats up guys? Here the low on my car. Hell I'm just trying to sell it, but I can't sell it like it is.

I got the car with a BHG and fixed it, no problems. Ran great for a few weeks, but check engine light was still on.

The car started doing this thing where it would hesitate, then the check engine light will actually turn itself off, then on, then off again, and by the time that little cycle is complete it will choke and puke if I try to give it gas. Even if I try to park it and let it idle, itll eventually die out. Thats if I even make it to a parking lot without dying on the road. Once its dead, it wont start up for a few hours. If I let it sit long enough, it'll go back to running fine on short trips (2 miles or less).

When the car does run, it gets bad gas mileage and smells like its running real rich. Also, the check engine light doesnt turn off. I've only replaced a few things, since I dont want to dump a whole lot of money guessing whats wrong.

I did do the cap, plugs, plug wires, alternator and battery to eliminate the charging/spark system. Timing is right on (+10º TDC). I did the fuel and air filters. I also replaced that damn TFI which looked like it was going anyways.

Is this a common problem? The weather conditions vary, but I live in chicago so this has mostly happened in fall/winter temperatures and weather.

God I hope this isnt one of those posts where theres a million duplicates, but I need to get this bad boy running and this damn check engine light off. ODB1 sucks.

Thanks in advance all.
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:26   #2 (permalink)
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On Pre-1996 Taurus/Sable a Flashing Check Engine Light is an indicator of a bad O2 Sensor. This can make the engine run rough like you say yours does. Beware!!! Your car may have 2 O2 sensors. (2 upstreams, no downstreams on pre-1996 vehicles) Good Luck!!!
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Re: 1993 Ford Taurus "GL from Hell" (HELP)

I figured my o2s were bad, but would that even fix the stalling and the no-start condition? Could it be so bad that my computer just shuts itself off?
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Would this counter my stalling and no-start condition though? I figured that was what was causing my richness, but unless its pissing my computer off enough to where it shuts down, it cant be that simple can it?
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It can be that simple. Try it.
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Well, its not running rich anymore...and it doesnt start that hard if I do a turn off/turn on. How long is my check engine light gonna be on?
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You didn't say if you replaced the O2 sensors yet-the light will stay on until the problem is fixed.
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Ok well I replaced them. No dice, light still on.
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Anyone else that can help me?
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I have a 1993 Taurus and it started to Stall

The CHECK ENGINE light has been om for years .
The ERG Plastic 3 terminal sensor burnt out and was replaced 75$.
It still stalls.
What shall i try next.
Please

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