1994 Ford Tempo

Tiny
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  • 1994 FORD TEMPO
Engine Performance problem
1994 Ford Tempo 4 cyl 220000 miles

why? When im driving my car and I stop at light or stop sign my car acts like it want to cut off and feels like its loosing pressure then when I hit the gas its ok right back driving fine, also where the engine is located it smokes.
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Sunday, December 13th, 2009 AT 6:55 PM

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Tiny
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What kind of smoke? What does it smell like? It's likely either steam or burnt oil. You didn't mention the outside air temperature.
When was the last tuneup? Have your vacuum lines checked for cracks/breaks/leaks. Is the check engine light on? Does it work? Does this problem occur both when the engine is warm or cold? There is a air control for idle speed called the IAC valve. It's electrical/mechanical located up behind butterfly/throttle assy top rear right side of motor by windsheild. It bolts on with 2 little bolts.
The idle speed on car is totally computer controlled using sensors and the IAC.
The egr valve can also effect idle if it is dirty/sticking/leaking.
Also the TPS can be faulty, it senses the gas pedal position. Which determines fuel/air ratios which if 2 lean/rich can lower the idle speed. Idle meaning your foot is not on gas pedal.
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Sunday, December 13th, 2009 AT 10:12 PM
Tiny
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Thank you. And the smoke is blue the engine light is broke when I drive it runs rough and also the engine oil is leaking I had a tune up like 4 months ago I had the heater core hose changed no anti freeze is leaking its idle very high the car sometimes runs hot I pour anti freeze and water down the anti freeze hose but manely water could that cause the car to run hot sometimes. It smells like oil maybe anti freeze. The outside tempcan be cold or warm. And when the engine is warm the problems occur and the car is idle when it first start up and also when I drive or come to a stop. And I can also see the oil leaking out the engine is this a very exspensive job cause I just got laid off from work and I have twokids please tell me the cheapest way thank you.
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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 AT 9:37 AM
Tiny
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These cars are notorious for valve cover leaks. The big silver thang right in the middle top of motor where you add oil. The cheap GOOD fix is silicone. Remove cover and clean edges of any oil and clean ledge on motor where it fits and use a bead of silicone all the way around to reseal it on. Take out your plugs and look at there color. If 1 is dark and wet looking it's dead. This will cause ruff running. The plug wire could also be bad. Was that included in tuneup. Did the car run well after tuneup? Having to add water means your losing it somewhere? If there is no external leak then have compression check as you could be losing due to head gasket leak. That cylinder would likely have less compression and make car run funny/rough. Watch exhaust during/after warm up for excess water drippage steam. In dry weather when warmed up no steam/water should be coming out of tailpipe.
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Monday, February 8th, 2010 AT 11:36 PM

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