Well, the car made it home, although it died twice in the middle of 2 long left hand turns through some pretty big intersections. As soon as I got home, I popped the hood and grabbed a can of carb cleaner off the shelf and began lightly spraying around the area I thought I heard the sound. Sure enough, the idle change drastically. I pulled the air box and resonator off to see better but still couldn't find anything. Finally, I put it on jackstands and took a look from the bottom. From the bottom you can see the underside of the intake manifold, which had a tube, roughly 3/8" to 1/2"ID, connected that ran up and around and into the blck somewhere. There was a large tear in the tube, actually, it looked like the tube finally had just collapsed on itself. It is not a rienforced tube but rather just a rubber tube, which actually had 2 different sizes on each end. I couldn't identify it with my manuals, nor could Autozone or Kragen, so I went to the local Ford dealership. They cross-referenced the identification markings on the tube and told me it was a PCV tube. They ordered me a new one which should be in tomorrow morning. I appreciate the tip of using the carb cleaner to locate the leak, it probably saved me some cash. Thanks.
Friday, November 7th, 2008 AT 8:36 PM