1996 Ford Explorer Loosing Power

Tiny
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  • 1996 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
  • 165,000 MILES
While driving I have lost power and it doesn't seem to be getting gas. I will turn it off and it will start and drive ok for awhile. Also the rpms with ramp up to 5 or 6 by itself without touching the gas peddal also while I am driving. (I put it in Neutral so it doesn't blow up)

Replaced the fuel filter and that helped for awhile then it did it again.
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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 AT 4:52 PM

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Tiny
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First, the ideling up like you mentioned sounds like a throttle position sensor or idle air control valve. Has the check engine light ever come on?

As far as the loss of power, here is a how to for checking fuel pressure. Check it and let me know what you find.

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm

One last thing. A common cause of power loss is a plugged catalytic converter. After driving it and having the problem, let the engine idle in park, put the parking brake on, and check to see if the converter is cherry red from heat. If it is, replace it.

Let me know what you find.
Joe
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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 AT 11:02 PM
Tiny
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Thank you. I have someone looking at it now and I will ask him about what you suggested. Thank you so much.

Diane
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Friday, June 4th, 2010 AT 12:36 PM
Tiny
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Diane:
Let me know what you find.
Joe
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Friday, June 4th, 2010 AT 1:42 PM

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