Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Central Coast, NSW
EL Falcon Stuttering Issue
A while ago I posted a thread regarding my 1996 EL Falcon which has stuttering problems when accelerating from take off.
Well, the situation ended up getting worse, so we finally had our mechanic look at it who checked out the spark plugs which were only 5000km old (we also had the problem before these spark plugs went in so we knew that wasnt the issue), and they were black as night!
He checked the leads and they were ok. So he took out the injectors which had only been thoroughly cleaned out 20,000km ago, and tested them to see if he could see any blockages.
He came back to us and advised that the injectors were fine.
So he put them back in with a new set of sparkies, and then took it for a run. Problem gone! Car felt great to drive again.
We thought it might of been something clogging the injectors, and when they were tested (only for 30 secs) it must of cleared out.
Now, when I drove the car last night the problem was back again, however only very minimal and no where near as bad as it was.
Checked the fuel gauge and it is a bit below a quarter of a tank.
We must admit my wife and I sometimes let the car run a bit too low.
I am thinking maybe that the injectors are picking up the crap from the bottom of the tank. However the fuel filter was only put in about 3000kms ago?!?
Has anyone else encountered this annoying problem?
If so, how did you overcome it?
Did it involve just trying not to let the fuel tank get too low to prevent this?
Is there anyway of getting the fuel tank cleaned out?
I guess with the car being 8 years old now and has done 170,000km it would have some unwanted junk at the base of the tank.
Your comments are appreciated.
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