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Old 04-14-2013, 02:26 PM   #51
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i have had to change my plugs and wires every 6 months or so since i have had this vehicle because they foul out and crumble. when i take the plugs out they are white and crumbled. i always gap them...cant recall the exact number i gap them to i have it written in my toolbox somewhere.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #52
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i was going to do the fuel filter today. i have changed so many filters on the side of the freeway in my day i can do it blindfolded. lol
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:33 PM   #53
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It seems like you do have a vacuum leak somewhere.

This one shows pics of spark plugs, but it lists white deposits as oil and bad fuel. IDK, I always thought that was lean conditions that did that. Depending on mileage, you might have valve seal problems if you have a puff of gray smoke when you first start the engine.

http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/tech_su...qs/faqread.asp

Fluffy deposits indicate oil in the combustion chamber. Are these platinum plugs that you are having issues with? Have you tried double platinum?
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Maybe we are soul brothers.......never know.

Op, motor craft copper cores are decent plugs and cheap as well.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:39 PM   #55
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they actually look like the normal worn plugs. nevermind.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:59 PM   #56
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happened again today. it was hot and i was in traffic for an hour and a half. as soon as i got to my exit same problem. really leaning towards temperature related. just dont know where. or how.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:17 PM   #58
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last thread died. new info on my problem

roughly my problem is this. after long drives on hot days my car will suddenly get crazy. looking at my car from the outside looks like im learning how to drive stick. i excelerate and it wants to bog down and die like its starving for gas. i have to ride the clutch to keep it from lurching forward and back for about 2 minutes and then the problem dissapears for a couple minutes. then it does it again. once im home or on the side of the road i let the car cool down for a few hours and miraculously the problem has dissapeared.

things i have done to try and fix:

cleaned MAF

tested AIS

checked spark plugs and wires

changed air filter

got code reader but when i plug it in it reads no codes and or check engine light dissapears

checked all fuses

sang sweet songs to car

prayed

kicked the bumper
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #59
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try menthol-hydrate in the gas tank,,,jus a few ounces and fill tank,,could be a bit of water in the gas,,,change gas stations also
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:32 PM   #60
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try menthol-hydrate in the gas tank,,,jus a few ounces and fill tank,,could be a bit of water in the gas,,,change gas stations also
thanx for the tip but this only seems a quick fix to a temporary problem. my problem happens at all levels of fullness in the tank. different gas sations. i only use chevron and shell fyi.

if i did do this and it helped. then i would think we should move on to the bigger issue. why is there water in my gas? is it coming from the station or from my engine? if it is my engine then how is getting in and why?
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