Just bought an Au Forte (10/99 model). Am having problems. Seems to be missing, hunting when cruising at 60 (in 3rd) to 100 Km/hr (in drive) with light throttle applied. Also misses and seems to have a flat spot if you apply soft throttle from standing start occasionally. Sometimes idles roughly. Has only done 90,000 k's Had it back to Ford 4 times. They can't seem to find the problem. Have changed spark plugs, air cleaner, leads, fuel filter, had injectors cleaned and tested, de carboned top end, changed coil. Next thing will be to try and change the ECU. Has had extensive tests and diagnosing done. All seems to check out OK at idle, but when you're actually driving, it's a different story. Has anyone experienced similar problems?
no not rare,thought i was the only one,trying cleaning out your iac valve and check the manifold bolts there loose trust me,clean out your pcv with carby cleaner and it should help it along its way, at the moment i am chasing a vacuum leak somewhere in the engine somewhere.
I have same problem. On both Petrol And Gas. Seem sto be moree noticable on gas. When you drive you softly put foot on to accelerate and it like hesitates to engage. So for like 0.5 of a sec there is no power. But if you plant it it there straight away problem is you dont drive with your foot flat to floor all the time (Even thats ome of us would like too).
I have changed everthing as well i dont really know what it is there trying to tell me its the gas convertor but hello it does it on petrol also but not as bad.
Buggered if i know would it have anything to do with the coil pack seems like there is just no spark for a split second thats all.
Dont know whats going on biys but its strange and pisses you off. Doesnt really affect driving but just really irritates me as i want my car running correctly
sounds like a vacuum leak to me, but also check condition of accelerator return spring, make sure TPS is making good contact etc
The most annoying problems are the ones you cant seem to find, Im currently chasing a similar problem with my EA
Lets go find that Hotdog tree I planted
Lowered EF Futura
Black Steelies ( too cheap to buy proper mags )
Ford did tighten the inlet manifold. Another mechanic tested each cylinder on computer for vacuum leaks, swapped TPS and coil from another AU, had compression test done and it held overnight. Maybe i should throw it on a dyno and see if anything can be picked up there as nothing shows up at idle. Just when you're driving.
Thanks for the replies guys!
Seems to use a bit of juice too. I am averaging 400K's to 56/58 litres. Works out at around 13 L/100 k's and 250 of those k's are on the freeway. WHAT THE !! It's supposed to get 11.5 L/100 in city and 6.8 L/100 on the freeway. Any au fellas able to comment on fuel consumption. Remember it's a 10/99 model 6 cyl. They are supoosed to be more econmical than the earlier models (apparently).
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