Hi, I've got a 96 ford t-bird with a v6 and 120,000 miles on it. It pings fairly regularly just about anytime I step on it. If I'm real light on the throttle it's not too bad or usually not noticeable if it's pinging at all. When I use a plus or super gas it has less pinging.
I have recently changed the fuel filter, air filter, PCV valve, cleaned the mass air flow sensor, new plugs, new belts, new hoses.
This has been going on for a while, but the check engine light doesn't come on. I've talked with some people and would love to richen the mixture, but from what I can tell there is no way to change the timing or mixture.
One option I have come accross is throwing a so called " speed chip" on the car. They claim more HP, better gas mileage and that the car can drive on water. Looks like it just hooks to the temp sensor and makes the car think it's cold, thus keeping it at a richer mixture. Is this true? Will this fix my problem? Doesn't the car run richer when cold? Would this do anything for HP? And wouldn't it actually cause me to get less gas mileage? OR, would more power let me get off the gas quicker and then actually save.
There are a bunch of chips on ebay in the $25 range. Is this a quick fix for me? If so, is there one that is better than the other? All brands seem to have the same claims. Thanks for any help you can give me!
Friday, June 1st, 2007 AT 5:56 PM