1997 Ford Explorer Engine Miss at Idle and acceleration

Tiny
MAP1995
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  • 1997 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 269,000 MILES
Hi,

Engine miss during idle and acceleration. Codes 171, 174 are coming.

kindly let me know what could be the cause.

Thanks.
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 10:42 AM

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Tiny
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Your trouble codes p0171 & p0174 are for the fuel system too lean on bank 1 (p0171) and bank 2 (p0174), would say it sounds like a fuel deliery problem.
Check for a restriction in the fuel system. Have your changed your fuel filter lately? Also check fuel pressure, should be 35-45 psi for your vehicle.
Just a few ideas to start with, let me know if this helps or you have any other questions.
Thank you,
Dan
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 11:08 AM
Tiny
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Yes, it fuel filter is changed recently. Spark plugs, cables, engine oil, air fuel/gas, oil filters changed few days back.
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 7:11 PM
Tiny
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Good to hear you are keeping up on the maintenance. Check the fuel pressure, low fuel pressure will give you the symptoms you describe. If you do not have a fuel pressure tester most parts stores like AutoZone, Advance, etc have a tool rental program.
A restriction in the fuel system will also present like this, look for kinked lines, hoses or a damaged fuel rail.
Clogged fuel injectors are also a possiblity, but they usually do not clog all at once and ususally give you a miss fire code (generally cylinder specific)
also check the fuel pressure regulator.
It still sounds fuel related to me but one other possibility is the PCM is recieving signals from the oxygen sensors that the system is running lean so it is sending more fuel to the engine than it needs. It would give you a very sluggish acceleration and poor idle because the engine would be operating "flooded".
Symptoms of this would be a drop in fuel economy and if very severe the oil may have a fuel smell and the plugs, when pulled, would have a black appearance and a raw fuel smell. Normally the system would catch this & give you an oxygen sensor code but have seen it happen without the o2 failure code. It ended up being corrupted data in the PCM. Not saying this is your problem but if all the above fuel issues come back ok, this would be the next step I would take.
A lot of info, I put it in order of probability.
Let me know if it helps or you have any questions.
Dan
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Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 7:46 PM

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