> Happy Traveler wrote:
> > How about checking fuel pressure?
> Yep, I smell low fuel pressure. The engine is running lean
> on both banks and the PCM
> can't richen it up any more (adaptive limit). Although if the
> loss of power is
> "smooth" with no misfire, I've seen a contaminated MAF do
> this, usually on 4.6 T-birds
> though. Never saw it on a 3.8 but, that don't mean it can't
> First step would likely be a fuel filter, especially if you
> frequently visit the
> "mom and pop" stations mentioned earlier. The filter is often
> overlooked during normal
> DIY maintenence and a 9 year old original could be pretty
Thanks for the replies everyone. When my head gasket went (yes, I had
the dreaded head gasket dilemma), I thought my dad told me that he had
the mechanic replace the fuel filter, which is why I never thought of
it as a possibility. However, he told me last night that it was the
oil filter he replaced twice to get all of the antifreeze out. So,
the fuel filter is definitely step one in trying to fix my car.
Tom Adkins, my car will hesitate on the low RPMs when it is cold but
after holding the s throttle steady, it will take off. There is no
misfiring at all when the engine is warm.
So I will change the fuel filter and clean the MAF sensor. Iíll
report back with the outcome.
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