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Old 12-17-2013, 21:26   #1 (permalink)
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2006 FEH loss of acceleration

I was driving on the freeway and had an abrupt loss of acceleration. The dashboard told me to "stop safely now." I pulled to the shoulder and was able to roll off the freeway exit to a service station. I called the emergency road service. I checked the oil level, found it low, and added two quarts. The tow operator suggested adding two more quarts. The car never lost power. I started it back up and tried to get back home but didn't get more than a quarter mile. It loss acceleration again and had a loud clunking noise (rattling). The tow came back to delivered it to the Ford dealer. Today, they told me that the long block needed to be replaced and it would cost $7350! This is the first problem I have had with this car since I bought it brand new in 2007. Was this caused by lack of oil? Would a non-dealer technician be cheaper and reliable? Time for a new car?
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Old 12-17-2013, 23:00   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2006 FEH loss of acceleration

Yes running that low of oil (4qts) can and more than likely did destroy the engine. The $7350 quoted seems about right if that's the out the door price. A non-dealer technician (I think) would eat up just as much as the dealer. They're gonna get all they can out of you. As far as new vehicle, that's something you will have to decide. Is $7350 worth putting into a 7 year old vehicle or is it time to start over? Tough call. I'll let someone else comment.
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Re: 2006 FEH loss of acceleration

Isn't there a low level oil warning light?
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