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Old 09-15-2002, 22:52   #1 (permalink)
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Rough idle

My car idles pretty rough after a couple of minutes of driving, also getting a weird "rubbing" sound from the engine. Any ideas?

If it matters I was driving around when all of a sudden my car started overheating, ALMOST exceeded the "normal" range, stopped the engine and found out the car had lost most of it's coolant (which I had topped up about 4 days prior!).

Could I have possible damaged something?
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Old 09-15-2002, 23:22   #2 (permalink)
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pull your dip stick out while keeping your fingers crossed see if the oil is just oil heres hoping
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Old 09-16-2002, 03:40   #3 (permalink)
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Yer checked that already, it's just oil, no water
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Old 09-16-2002, 04:08   #4 (permalink)
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If you are havin trouble pinpointing a noise in the engine bay, try this. You can get a stethascope and use it to locate where abouts on the motor the noise is. Since 99.99% of people dont have a stethescope, get a peice of garden hose and a small funnel. use the small funnel as a ear peice by jamming it in the end of the hose. Move the other end around the engine and you should hear amplified noises. If you have trouble you can also use another funnel on the other end to amplify the noise to a degree, but you dont get as much of a pin point noise location. This method is also good to "listen" to the injectors and compare them with each other for early signs they are failing.

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Old 09-16-2002, 04:27   #5 (permalink)
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Happen to me as well...

i replaced lead set and spark plugs and cleaned everything...

its running fine now...yours might be a different scenario though

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My old mans ED GLi had a problem similar to that on the way across the Hay plains, it was sitting in the normal temperature position when suddenly it went straight up to overheating, we slowed the car down, drove it into Hay and stopped, found that a heap of water had gone (blown out of the overflow pipe due to the pressure build up), filled up the filler tank and had no problems the rest of the way to QLD

When we arrived we got the cooling system checked, the diagnosis, a common problem in all 3.9-4.0lt engines, is that when they are made, the milling sands are not taken out of the engine, well half of the side tank on the radiator was full of this milling sand. this normally gets checked and the side tank changed ever 100,000kms on ford servicing. but yeah, the temp went up because there was a temporary blockage of the cooling system from these sands, because of the block there was excess pressure and blew the water out of the overflow
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