Engine Mechanical problem
1994 Ford Tempo 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 72,500 miles
I hear a noise when started the car when it turns over. It is a scraping/ding that lasts for about 3 seconds. The engine idles smoothly. If I rev it up, I hear scraping sound close to rough sand paper and metal. I can back the car up and down the driveway and all seems normal.
With the door open the sound is a bit gravelly and loud.
I don't drive it because the last time that I did I nearly didn't make it home due to the power dying as if the engine could not breath, then the front end shook roughly as if the tires wanted to come off.
The engine light initially came on when accelerating up a hill, but didn't stay on for more than 15 minutes. I then drove on the expressway and had no problems going to my destination, but when I returned by another route on flat city streets for at least 45 minutes, I lost so much power I had to pull over for a time. The car never stalled, just seemed choked and vibrating. No odors, no smoke when at idle.
The transmission was fixed a few months before and all the plugs and wires less than a year. The Catalytic converted was new in 2006 and driven less that 3,000 miles.
After reading about the Emissions control systems, my question is---if the idle is good shouldn't the emissions systems be ok?
A friend suspects the Catalytic converter being loose, but haven't got the car up to look.
What else should I look into? Engine light not coming back on if idling in driveway.
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 AT 9:57 AM