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Old 12-16-2005, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
Damaeus
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98 Sable - Odd Behavior Usually on Hills -- Kind of a jerky action

I've got a '98 Sable single cam with 209,000 miles on it. Occasionally
when going up a hill, it's as if I'm letting off the gas completely and
then pushing it back to its previous position several times, but I'm not.
It's difficult to explain it any other way than that. There are no weird
noises, really, that I've noticed. IT doesn't happen during gear shifts.
The transmission shifts perfectly. It just seems to "happen" as I'm
cruising along. It seems to happen more on hills, but I haven't yet made a
mental note of it happening on level pavement.

That's about all I can say at the moment. I figured I'd see if there's a
nibble on what the problem might be if others have had the same problem.

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Old 12-17-2005, 01:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 98 Sable - Odd Behavior Usually on Hills -- Kind of a jerky action


"Damaeus" <no-mail@hotmail.invalid.net> wrote in message
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> I've got a '98 Sable single cam with 209,000 miles on it. Occasionally
> when going up a hill, it's as if I'm letting off the gas completely and
> then pushing it back to its previous position several times, but I'm not.
> It's difficult to explain it any other way than that. There are no weird
> noises, really, that I've noticed. IT doesn't happen during gear shifts.
> The transmission shifts perfectly. It just seems to "happen" as I'm
> cruising along. It seems to happen more on hills, but I haven't yet made
> a
> mental note of it happening on level pavement.
>
> That's about all I can say at the moment. I figured I'd see if there's a
> nibble on what the problem might be if others have had the same problem.


Sounds like its got a miss. Change the fuel filter, plugs and wires and
clean the MAF just because...It's probably due for a good tune up anyway
huh? :)


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Old 12-17-2005, 08:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 98 Sable - Odd Behavior Usually on Hills -- Kind of a jerky action

Damaeus wrote:

> I've got a '98 Sable single cam with 209,000 miles on it. Occasionally
> when going up a hill, it's as if I'm letting off the gas completely and
> then pushing it back to its previous position several times, but I'm not.
> It's difficult to explain it any other way than that. There are no weird
> noises, really, that I've noticed. IT doesn't happen during gear shifts.
> The transmission shifts perfectly. It just seems to "happen" as I'm
> cruising along. It seems to happen more on hills, but I haven't yet made a
> mental note of it happening on level pavement.
>
> That's about all I can say at the moment. I figured I'd see if there's a
> nibble on what the problem might be if others have had the same problem.
>


Fuel filter.

Rob
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Old 12-17-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 98 Sable - Odd Behavior Usually on Hills -- Kind of a jerky action

In news:alt.autos.ford, trainfan1 <lmsearing@usdatanet.net> posted on Sat,
17 Dec 2005 10:36:44 -0500:

> Damaeus wrote:
>
> > I've got a '98 Sable single cam with 209,000 miles on it. Occasionally
> > when going up a hill, it's as if I'm letting off the gas completely and
> > then pushing it back to its previous position several times, but I'm not.
> > It's difficult to explain it any other way than that. There are no weird
> > noises, really, that I've noticed. IT doesn't happen during gear shifts.
> > The transmission shifts perfectly. It just seems to "happen" as I'm
> > cruising along. It seems to happen more on hills, but I haven't yet made a
> > mental note of it happening on level pavement.

>
> Fuel filter.


Okay. That's kinda what I was thinking, but when funds are limited, I like
having opinions floating around in my head so I won't waste money trying to
get a specific problem fixed, even if it means letting something else go
another couple or three weeks beyond its normal maintenance cycle.

Thanks :)
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Old 12-17-2005, 21:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 98 Sable - Odd Behavior Usually on Hills -- Kind of a jerky action

Could be a plugged cat converter.
You can try X66Q by Delco.Or a cat cleaner.My experience suggest the Delco
product.It states it as a carbon remover but works great to blast out the
converters.
"Damaeus" <no-mail@hotmail.invalid.net> wrote in message
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> In news:alt.autos.ford, trainfan1 <lmsearing@usdatanet.net> posted on Sat,
> 17 Dec 2005 10:36:44 -0500:
>
>> Damaeus wrote:
>>
>> > I've got a '98 Sable single cam with 209,000 miles on it. Occasionally
>> > when going up a hill, it's as if I'm letting off the gas completely and
>> > then pushing it back to its previous position several times, but I'm
>> > not.
>> > It's difficult to explain it any other way than that. There are no
>> > weird
>> > noises, really, that I've noticed. IT doesn't happen during gear
>> > shifts.
>> > The transmission shifts perfectly. It just seems to "happen" as I'm
>> > cruising along. It seems to happen more on hills, but I haven't yet
>> > made a
>> > mental note of it happening on level pavement.

>>
>> Fuel filter.

>
> Okay. That's kinda what I was thinking, but when funds are limited, I
> like
> having opinions floating around in my head so I won't waste money trying
> to
> get a specific problem fixed, even if it means letting something else go
> another couple or three weeks beyond its normal maintenance cycle.
>
> Thanks :)



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