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Old 02-07-2003, 16:11   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,

My friend has a '96 EL Falcon which has a strange problem. Let me explain.

When he is driving/Idling the tacho will cutout out and there is no power/drive from the engine, Yet the engine still turns and the timeout period can vary from 5- 30seconds then the power will be restored or the engine dies. Ford isn't able to find a fault with the car, The service dept. says the problem is too intermittant to solve. Personally i think its the ECU that is faulty.

Thanks for any help.

Nathan
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Could be an earthing problem, check all your earth points carefully.
The PCM or ECU are pretty reliable and would be the absolute last resort.
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Try checking all the electrical connection under the bonnet. I had a similar problem on one of my taxi's. I turned out to be the main electrical connector just above the intake manifold towards the back. It played havoc with the computer and engine.

Try all connection and make sure they are tight and not exposed.

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Old 02-09-2003, 20:46   #4 (permalink)
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Check ECU and earth...

I had a similar problem that Ford could not solve, my car was not idling right, stalling and doing all sorts of wierd sh^%t. The temp gauge would indicate that the car would be overheating and then stall the car at lights...

Check to see if your fuel/temp cluster gauge indicate that they turn off completely (ie. go all the way down in the off position) if this does not occur then this would indicate that the ECU is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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I have had EF and EL computers do all sorts of weird intermittent rubbish, they have stuffed me around big time before. While I agree that they would want to be the last thing you try, due to the cost, I wouldn't rule them out (not saying anyone has said this either, just to be clear )! They owe me many an hour of hair pulling and frustration! And a few hundred bucks.... not my car personally, thankfully....

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