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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-03-03, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Cylinder Head Recon

Hi All,

I am driving a 89 EA Fairmond Ghia, with 305,000 kms on the clock. I have never handled a Ford and I have few questions.

(1) Is 17 Litres of ULP for 100kms normal for this car?

(2) When I open the oil cap, I can see plenty of black sooty stuff. Do I need a cylinder head recon?

(3) Would cylinder head recon improve fuel economy, restore some power and lengthen the engine's life?

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1) No
2) No
3) Maybe

Does your temp guage stay in the blue or does it go into the "normal" area? If it stays in the blue your motor will use excess fuel.
 
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yeah, what he said :)
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The fuel guage goes to "normal area" while at drive.

So how do I get rid of those black sooty sludge thing from the cylinder head?

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Re: Cylinder Head Recon

you coud try doing an engine flush. next time u change your oil add "engine flush" to the oil before changing it. this might help but if the car hasnt been looked after then it might take a few flushes to get all the crap out.
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I'd look at getting the injectors cleaned as well...

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Do these have an oxygen sensor in the exhaust? If it's blowing black smoke it's way too rich. That would point to MAP or oxygen sensor giving the wrong signal to the ECU thus making it run richer than is actually required. 17L/100km's is shocking -that's 18mpg.....
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Re: Cylinder Head Recon

17L/100 km.....you should be looking at higher than that!
These things usually get 10L/100km cruising, unless it's a 3-speed :)

Try the sensors first up.
Does it idle high?
What condition is the hose to the fuel pressure regulator in?

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Thanks guys for your wise words.

This EA has got some EFI on it, do I still need periodical tuning to get the fuel / air mix right? A friend at work told me EFI cars tune themselves.

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I have to open the bonnet and see if I can find these sensors, if I recognise them.

The car idles at 900RPM in neautral, but idles lower, may be 400RPM when in drive. The hose of the fuel regulator looks OK, no leak.

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