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Old 09-24-2005, 20:41   #1 (permalink)
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EF Fairmont Labouring Whilst Driving!!??

Hi Guys,

Long time reader, first time poster. Just wondering if any of you may have any idea what the hell is wrong with my beloved EF Fairmont! I noticed for the first time the other day that during normal driving, my revs would drop significantly for a couple of seconds (and power also) then go back up to normal. Then last night, I was driving along at about 80kms per hour, with my foot about half way down on the accellerator, and all of a sudden, the car starts to shake like a bitch, power is lost completley - as if it is labouring (imagine you are in a manual and try to got 20kmph in 5th). It sort of lasts for about 10 seconds, then i kick the foot down and it goes, but can then come back again.

Is it just a bad batch of petrol, distributor leads or is my transmission or torque converter ****ed? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
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Hi Guys,

Long time reader, first time poster. Just wondering if any of you may have any idea what the hell is wrong with my beloved EF Fairmont! I noticed for the first time the other day that during normal driving, my revs would drop significantly for a couple of seconds (and power also) then go back up to normal. Then last night, I was driving along at about 80kms per hour, with my foot about half way down on the accellerator, and all of a sudden, the car starts to shake like a bitch, power is lost completley - as if it is labouring (imagine you are in a manual and try to got 20kmph in 5th). It sort of lasts for about 10 seconds, then i kick the foot down and it goes, but can then come back again.

Is it just a bad batch of petrol, distributor leads or is my transmission or torque converter ****ed? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
could be anyone of a dozen things , but , if the tacho drops off then replace the power relay ( the black base)
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:06   #3 (permalink)
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Could be a heap of things but start off by checking the basics. I.e. leads, plugs, filters etc.
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could possibly be a bad alternator? or a bad connection to dizzy... if it loses power then kicks back in, these two are big culprits you should look at
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Get your Throttle Position Sensor checked.
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That's not likely to be a torque convertor problem.
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Hi Guys,

Long time reader, first time poster. Just wondering if any of you may have any idea what the hell is wrong with my beloved EF Fairmont! I noticed for the first time the other day that during normal driving, my revs would drop significantly for a couple of seconds (and power also) then go back up to normal. Then last night, I was driving along at about 80kms per hour, with my foot about half way down on the accellerator, and all of a sudden, the car starts to shake like a bitch, power is lost completley - as if it is labouring (imagine you are in a manual and try to got 20kmph in 5th). It sort of lasts for about 10 seconds, then i kick the foot down and it goes, but can then come back again.

Is it just a bad batch of petrol, distributor leads or is my transmission or torque converter ****ed? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
ive had this similar problem once before...

The Loss of power could be ur alternator.. i would check this out. I lost power once and that consisted of low speeds, lights going out and coming back after a while etc...

Just a handy tip if u got Computer Torque Control ...dont not attempt to start ur car or start someone elses car with jumping leads... this too can affect the alternator (as it happened in my situation)

when u say the car shakes is ur steering wheel shaking? (that would mean rechecking ur wheel alignment)

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could possibly be a bad alternator? or a bad connection to dizzy... if it loses power then kicks back in, these two are big culprits you should look at
just read Dave's Comment... Its definetly sounding like the alternator
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