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Old 10-18-2008, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dad has 1994 taurus with the 3.0 engine and a overdrive trans. the car has over 160,00 miles. while driving down the road the car will start to jerk and lose power. it feels like the car wants to stall. when he take his foot of the gas pedal the engine will level back out and runs fine again. he can be going at a steady speed and all of the sudden the car will start to do this. it is very random when this happens. the car seems to run well other this problem. he has installed new spark plugs. i drove his car to work one day it is a 1/2 drive and the car did this once for me each way. he had a 1995 taurus with 140,000 miles before he got this one and it did the same thing but, more severe. does anybody have any suggestions of what may be causing this to happen. we would both be very appreciative for the help.
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Does it go WOT just fine?
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If the distributor has not been replaced before the breakerless ignition module inside of it could be going bad. I only get about 100K miles out of them before they start to fail. Engine sagging will progress into engine shutoff with immediately being able to restart to having to wait to be able to restart.

It is less expensive to replace the distributor with a rebuilt with a lifetime warranty (I bought a A1 Cardone from Kragen/Parts America), rather than a replacement module (limited warranty of less than 1-year regardless on manufacturer) and paying a machine shop to disassemble the distributor to replace the module (need a press to disassemble).
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Does it go WOT just fine?
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If the distributor has not been replaced before the breakerless ignition module inside of it could be going bad. I only get about 100K miles out of them before they start to fail. Engine sagging will progress into engine shutoff with immediately being able to restart to having to wait to be able to restart.

It is less expensive to replace the distributor with a rebuilt with a lifetime warranty (I bought a A1 Cardone from Kragen/Parts America), rather than a replacement module (limited warranty of less than 1-year regardless on manufacturer) and paying a machine shop to disassemble the distributor to replace the module (need a press to disassemble).
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thank you for the info. i will tell my dad this and he will have to give it a try.
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WOT=wide open throttle., gas pedal all the way down.
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yes, it seems to run fine at WOT.
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Its sounds like a bad seal on the throttle body if your loosing suction it will jump on you or a spark plug aint shootin right. your fuel could have a nasty hole and your unloading to much in 2cond or 3rd gear
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