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11-21-2011 01:32 AM
tukaniSVT Though that's not a bad idea ... many people may not know how to read on once they have them in their hand or some may think they can change a parameter or 2 and more likely hurt themselves more than helping.

So, it's an up and down idea.

Be best to just find a datalogger that can record the car's parameters and send them to Tom to get his professional opinion on what's up.

11-20-2011 03:17 AM
jaykirs Yes, there are no vacuum leaks. It must be a sensor. Turbo Tom is thinking about doing a xcal loaner program to help FF members that are in need of help, such as myself. I hope he does, it would help a lot of us FF members with problems we can't figure out on our own.
11-20-2011 01:40 AM
sleepyboy Have you checked for a vacuum leak?
11-19-2011 05:46 PM
jaykirs If I had the money, I would take it to a certified tech. Unfortunately I don't, so I am trying to figure out a way of figuring out the problem and replacing the part, or parts as cost efectiveley as I can. I really appreciate all the replies and tips and ideas. My fellow fanatics, YOU ROCK!! Any more thought or ideas, please post away. :-)
11-19-2011 09:23 AM
Originally Posted by SPRAYPAINT View Post
I am not trying to be rude or difficult. Yes you can data log with the SCT but there is only limited ability with data logging. In order to propperly diagnose you need more than just data logging.

Slow down there Matt. jaykirs is asking for authorized help from us, not certified help. Yes, all of us agree that doing work with a Certified technician and shop is the way to go, but if we could save a few bucks to at least diagnose the issue a bit or work with others who have had similar problems then it would help us a bit. Any kind of help is helpful.

In this day in age, many people have stepped away from helping others just to help get them by. None of us know each other's financial situations or knowledge of each other's type of car, so, we can't come to a conclusion that any of the help that is given isn't good enough to help the need.

I know that you have a strong feeling towards using certified techs and shops because you also work at one and know the ins and outs of using a tech.

But again, people come to forums to draw several suggestions to draw conclusions from and sometimes for some help when he/she is hurting from any issues we are not reading.

11-19-2011 12:07 AM
sleepyboy Put stock Motorcrafts back in your car. Our cars seem to like them much better. I heard of SVT's having problems with other plugs.
11-18-2011 10:04 PM
jaykirs Like a dumb ass, I just attributied it to the plug because of all the late reviews on the E3 plug causing problems in vehicles, including mis-fires ... a search in which I conducted AFTER my discovery of my melted plug .. yes, melted, never seen anything like it. It was gutted.

So, now I leaning maybe toward the coil or wire as mentioned before.

I will give you a call Matt, and thank you for your input, I MUCH appreciate it!!
11-18-2011 09:49 PM
jaykirs OK, about the mis-fire thing ... I forgot to mention I had a mis-fire code on #3 cylinder. I was using E3 plugs and the one in #3 looked like it had went into meltdown. DAMN, why didn't I mention that before? I have recently went with NGK Iridium's. Number 3 plug was gutted but the engine seemed to run fine and without a dead miss. I checked the plugs because of the mis-fire code. The engine seems to be running fine on the NGK's, except for the afformentioned issues.
11-18-2011 09:40 PM
Originally Posted by SPRAYPAINT View Post
Why is it that EVERYONE is first to say "check the oxygen sensor". Not just on forums but at my shop. Miss fires are not caused by these, lean conditions are not ALWAYS caused by this, rich conditions are NOT always caused by this...... you get my point.

Just to let you know, I did get CEL's a little while back and both had to do with both O2 sensors. I figured that was the problem and replaced them. My car ran smooth as glass after that, but soon fell right back into the surging crap. I have no CEL's at this time. I miss my custon tune, it runs SOOO much better with it! It will start out great with the custom tune re-installed, run like a charm, perfect, then soon start that surging crap. But even worse than with the crappy stock tune. .....
11-18-2011 06:59 PM
sleepyboy I get where your coming from Spraypaint and I understand. Yes you can do a lot with the Xcal and you can look at even more sensors using a big expensive scan tool. My friend has a snap-on one I've used to diagnose fuel issues before. Very handy tool I must say but I can do almost everything with my Xcal that I can with that tool. Also SVT's don't have EGR valves, that's what the VCT is used for. I also agree about the O2 sensor thing. It's ussally the last thing I look at for problems. Misfires are caused by other things like coils, wires, and such majority of the time.

Jaykirs check your coil pack connector, these have been known to have the wires pulled out.
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