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Old 03-27-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Running super rich...

The car was down for about a month and a half trying to get a clutch problem fixed up.

I recently got the car back and drove it about 75 miles over the past few days. She is getting super bad gas mileage, and is running really rich. I say that because when I downshift to come to a stop I get some very loud and repeated popping (much more than the usual "gurgle"), and have gotten a few flames coming out of the tailpipe when I downshift. I am not throwing any codes, yet. The front o2 sensor is faily new. The car seems to have a surging sound at idle (almost like its camming for description purposes). Any ideas on what could be causing this? Taking into account it was sitting for so long not being started.

Things I have done so far are change the plugs/wires, changed the oil, and topped her off with 112. I was going to change the front sensor, but it is "new" as I had it on the car for only about 200-300 miles before the clutch went out.

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Old 03-27-2005, 12:36 PM   #2
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Sounds like maybe a Vac leak

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Old 03-27-2005, 02:04 PM   #3
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Showing normal 13psi vaccum when warm, and boosting normally.
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Old 03-27-2005, 07:41 PM   #4
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13'' of VACUUM is low man. All I have seen idle warm at about 18'' or so
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:42 PM   #5
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Its not low for the SVT with JRSC, its normal...
Well you made me double check myself and I pulled up some old stuff from other boards...most regular zx3 guys with jrsc are anywhere from 18-22 vacuum, and svt guys say anywhere from 13-17. And, in some of my very old posts (pre build when I first got the JRSC installed about a year and a half ago) I was posting I was at 12-14 vacuum when warm at idle. So, Ill go over all the vacuum lines again just to be sure, maybe even replace them all.
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Old 03-28-2005, 05:46 PM   #6
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Actually, I stand corrected...I got the bright idea to tap on the boost gauge lightly to see if maybe the needle was sticking, and boom dropped to 17-18 or so. So, Ill be hooking up a new boost gauge. Bummer too cause that was a pro meter and I thought those things where suppose to last forever, o well.
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Just because your showing vacuum doesn't mean a leak does not exist.
Mine shows normal vacuum but was having a lean and missfire problem. discovered an injector was not sealing due to some idiot, before i bought the car, trying to port the manifold. Was found by spraying carb cleaner at the base of each injector. leaked so bad the car killed from the spray, and the backside of the injector was eroded pretty bad.
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:37 PM   #8
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Ive checked the injectors, no leaks there.

The popping has stopped all together on down shifts (just gurgles like normal), but the few times I have brought the rpms up it still misses/studders. I replaced the front o2 sensor with a new Bosch. Tomorrow I am changing the plugs (again) and going to gap them down to about .032 (they are .035 now). Fun Ford in Houston is getting close too.

To top it all off my Predator crapped out on me. It was acting like it didnt have a good connection when I was trying to data log. So, I opened up the obd2 connection on the predator and one of the leads was apparently not soldered very well, and came off it's post. Ill solder it back myself and hopefully get some data logging done soon.
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