Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Buried in a sand trap somewher
Has your BA (manual) stalled while driving?
Now I got to experience something which scared the crap out of me.
Driving in a straight segment of road, 2nd gear got to about 40km/h and then eased off due to traffic slowly shifted out of 2nd and reached for 3rd but noticed that there was no engine rev's (audiably noticed this). Looked at the tacho, nup flat as a tack - oil light on and battery light on. Hmm rolling along at 40km/h put it into netural, started the car and it turned over first time put it back into second and not a problem.
However during this time the steering got heavy (wouldn't have been able to manuveur) and braking would have been next to nothing. I was very lucky that the car in front didn't brake suddenly or make a right hand turn in front of me.
Now going on the fact that my car is stock as a rock and it fired first time i figured it wasn't an electrical issue. It wasn't (i'm assuming) a fuel supply issue or oil issue as I had a full load after my car just had its 30,000km service and just filled up (about a day ago).
I'm guessing by the way the engine 'just died' that it was electronic - either ecu or throttle body. I'm beginning to think it was the latter. I figure this could be the case because while i've got a BA XR6 N/A my partner has a BA XR8 and it has done it more than once with her car.
Has anyone else had this problem and had it resolved (or at least not had its ugly head reared again)? Basically had I had an accident, and injured someone, the law suit would point at Ford Motor Company Australia due to a faulty componentry, not my driving (lack of power assistance would reduce ability for the car to function). Thus I think this is a DAMN serious safety issue. However I don't want to take it to a service center for them to say;
"We connected to the computer and there were no fault codes, but we re-flashed it with the latest code anyway".
I don't know how to reproduce it, however it seems that ~40km/h is the common factor between my car and the XR8 as well as the throttle body (as the ECU is different on the two cars, not to mention engine and other differences).
Let me just re-state that the engine 'just died' there was no splutter, no coughing, no bunny-hopping, 'just died'. So silently that I had to check a few times to make sure.
So the question is - anyone else?
Falcon Killer (if you believe what Ford Service Departments have to say about me)
AU II XR6 - October 2001 ~ December 2002 - RIP
BA XR6 - December 2002 ~ Soon to disappear if Ford CRC can't fix it....
45,000km service coming up - and i'll be asking for a sizable list of fixes:
* Gearbox (3rd time)
* Steering click (5th time)
* Brake Shudder (2nd time, and has the applied "Fix")