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ponddogs 07-28-2012 02:57 PM

SPI not wanting to stay running
2003 SPI engine, bought the car with a pining noise when accelerate and wanting to die after the engine warm up, ford house said bad gas, drained fuel tank 3 times, change out filter 3 times and the in-tank fuel pump, change out plugs, wires, coil pack, crank sensor and cam sensor, had the engine cat tested for back pressure, had the fuel injectors checked, getting 35 psi at injector rail, then engine drop number 1 cylinder valve exhaust seat, change out head assy, piston and piston rod, timing belt and engine gasket set, engine would not start, back to ford house, they said engine oil pump is not working, change out pump, oil light now goes out when cranking but when cranking engine it's sound like if the engine timing is too far advance, had the ECM reflashed, rechecked the engine timing belt both dots and key way locations, checked the engine compression 160 160 155 160, change out the throttle body off a running focus, now if you pour some fuel in the throttle body it will start but only stay running if you feather the throttle and the pining noise is back with a miss, no engine codes

Chustle209 07-29-2012 03:37 PM

I see this is your 2nd post so 1)[welcome] 2)While I don't know what to tell you regarding your currently listed problems, I know one from 1st hand experience [mad] and that countless people on here can also attest to. The SPI engine, at least factory, is damn near a ticking time bomb. The SPI is the Ford CVH engine which has the lovely problem of the valve seats dropping out and messing up the engine. You don't say how many miles are on the car or if it is the stock engine but assuming they are, depending on how mechanically inclined you are & how much $$ you are looking to put into the car (in central CA, talking to the tune of around $2000). It might be beneficial to get rid of it.

Just food for thought.

ponddogs 07-30-2012 12:31 PM

That has cross my mind every day I look at it, I have even thought of just parting it out, too many new parts on it just to sent it to the junk yard, mileage 117 k, all stock

Chustle209 07-31-2012 03:37 PM

depending on your mechanical inclination, parts access and the like, doing a zetec swap could be an option. While that would get you off of valve drop watch, I don't know what reaction that would have with the all of the other problems mentioned. obviously any directly related to your engine would be gone/change since not same engine.

I understand your situation. My 03 SPI has been sitting in my driveway for the past 3+ mo as I figure out what to do with it.

ponddogs 08-20-2012 11:46 AM

got the noid light set and went out and tested the fuel system, no light when cranking the engine, I even tested the kit on a running focus to see if it was working, also replaced the wire harness from the firewall to the engine, no light, is there a way to test the ECU without taking it to the ford house?

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