Engine Performance problem
2006 Ford F150 V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 58,000 miles
I have a 2006 ford f150 4x4 with an automatic transmission. On my way to town tonight, it ran fine for the first 8 miles or so, then, as soon as I got to the first stop light, I noticed some serious vibration while idling. I went through the light and pulled into a parking lot where I could assess the situation better. It was idling at approx 500rpm, and seeming to be running on several of the 8 cylinders. My " check engine" light began flashing as well. I revved up the engine to see if it would clear up, and it seemed to, so I continued driving, as I only had another mile or two to go. Power was 80% gone, struggling to accelerate, with a crazy vibration throughout the pickup. I also noticed a smell in the cab that smelled like a cars' exhaust in the cold morning ( like it's burning rich or something ), or something sweet like. Before I made it to my destination, I stopped again to try and give it a break, crutching my way. I let is sit for 5 minutes, then attempted to start it. It took a lot of cranks to fire up (10 seconds ), but it did. I got to my destination and shut it off. Its dark, and Im not a mechanic, so any suggestions? I'm what you'd call " concerned". Thank You!
Saturday, December 19th, 2009 AT 8:49 PM