I have a 1995 ford Taurus, 117,000 mi. OKAY! I'm going to post this question one more time and see if ANYONE can shed some light-when ever I get to around 40 m. Ph. The car seems to get sluggish and the engine gets louder and there's some vibration. Also the accelerator peddle is sticky no matter what speed I go. The problem seems to worsen when I drive the car for a long period of time. Here's what I have had done so far to no avail-
*Three new tires and alignment
*fuel induction service
*new spark plugs
*new air filter
*fuel filter was just replaced last july
*new fuel tank and filler pipe (not to fix problem but it needed it)
*fuel injecton flush (suggested by dealership)
*my last oil change was only 1500 mi's ago
Two mechanics have driven it the last month and say it's fine
My husband drove it; thinks it's my imagination, but I know how my car is supposed to run and it isn't performing like it should. I know it is an old car but something has to be wrong with it. The only other thing I can think of is the transmission, but it's shifting okay. Sorry for the novel, but I'm at my wits end!
It soulds like a classis catalytic converter problem. The sound is the key. Take it to a garage where they have a exhaust pressure and emissions tester and see if the engine has restricted exhaust flow. I'll bert that your engine temp is a bit higher also.
One time on a long trip across the desert it happened to me between Eli and Reno Nevada. I beat on the bottom of the converter breaking up some of the inside material. It worked for me until I got to Reno and had it replaced. Good luck
May, 13, 2006 AT 6:55 PM
Hey, thanks! I did have my exhaust system replaced in December; do you think they would have replaced the Cat. Converter too? If not that could very well be the problem. And yes my temp does get slightly above normal half-way through the trip and then goes back down. I'll have it checked out. Thanks again.