I have a 1991 Ford Explorer – automatic transmission, 6 cylinder engine, in mint condition with only 90,000 kilometers (60,000 miles). It has been in the family since it was purchased. I have owned it for 2 ½ years. About a year ago the vehicle started choking out when I would step on the gas. The engine would keep running but I would have no power and although there is no choke in the vehicle it acted like an older vehicle with the choke not working. I took it to a local garage (not a dealer) and they could not find anything wrong. They suggested I take it to a Ford dealer and have it run through a diagnostic. This started just after I had filled with gas and lasted about a week. After filling with gas again the problem seemed to go away and I decided I had gotten a bad tank of gas. Well it has started doing it again. It also is backfiring, not loud bangs, but little popping sounds. I found when I just gave it gas slowly it would keep going, however if I try to accelerate it chokes. I am never quite sure I will make it where I am going. Any ideas what my problem is. Thanks.
Thursday, October 25th, 2007 AT 2:45 PM