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Old 04-08-2004, 20:37   #1 (permalink)
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Very slow Fairmont & Fuel issues

A friend has a 89 EA fairmont ghia 4spd mpi. Anyway the problem is he floors it the thing revs out to about 4500rpm but its just so so slow. The hits the next gear and really just gets no speed up at all its at around 40km at this time. On a standard onramp he has his foot flat to the floor just to make 100 to join the highway.

My EA S auto (ex-auto) use to go so much harder and leave his for dead of the mark. He raced a 84 model subaru wagon and barely made it to a 100 just before it. Thats not the only problem it drinks fuel like its nothing. I get around 500-700 out a tank while he is getting around a little over 300 out of a tank. It seems to revout but the engine doesn't seem to sound like its pushing that hard in mine at 4500rpm it is so much louder and has so much more speed up high.

Would it be the transmission that is causing all the problems ? When he bought it the thing had serious over heating problems and still when turned off is VERY hot to touch compared to mine. It has a few oil leak problems as well. What could be the problem ? The fuel problem is a serious problem that needs to be fixed after about 30 mins of driving 1/4 of a tank is used its just stupid how fast it goes through it. Im guessing its the transmission he is planning a manul/engine conversion soon but what in the mean time can be done to fix it ? thanks
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Re: Very slow Fairmont & Fuel issues

it sure sounds like a blocked fuel filter.... let us know but i'm 95%
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Re: Very slow Fairmont & Fuel issues

I had both those probs in my car. It sounds like his throttle cable is badly snapped (check by flooring the pedal with the engine off, and checking if the throttle is fully opening under the bonnet), and the car may have a stuffed thermostat (ie running cold, and takes a long time to warm up). Both probs should be fixed for $60 or so.
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The thermostat has recently been replaced we have had a look at the throttle cable but will have another look. I think i can rember him mention once that he replaced the fuel filter but im not too sure i was thinking that might of been it to but why would a dirty fuel filter use more fuel ? I know it would take power but i thought it wouldnt use more fuel.

Its never running cold for some reason the engine and everything around it is always so so hot to touch compared to my car.
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I recently replaced my thermostat and my car is still not heating up. It seems a lot of them are just duds.
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Re: Very slow Fairmont & Fuel issues

If he's often reving to 4500rpm, 300km to a tank of fuel sounds resonable.
I got about 300km a tank in my EA MPI Wagon with my hard, high reving driving style.
Now its about 200km with a broken trans.
No reverse for 7 months & daily driven.
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Re: Very slow Fairmont & Fuel issues

My EA is regularly reved hard, often to 4,500 and beyond. I still get 425-450km out of a tank of premium unleaded each time. So 300 km is very poor!
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My mothers EF 4.0 gets about 320km a tank & she doesn't rev over 2000rpm.
I considered this as about normal
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Get the throttle/accelerator cable checked, mine used to be gutless on a hill start but is all good now.
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Re: Very slow Fairmont & Fuel issues

The thermostat needs to be fairly precise, not like the older girls. I've actually given up using aftermarket ones and just pay the $23 for a Ford one. Very few of the aftermarket ones are the right temperature. After having 4 or 5 cars come back to me overfuelling, I won't use anything but genuine anymore.
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