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2004 Taurus I'm told this is what I have. Problem: car is running real crappy. starts ok, but put puts along, sometime is will go over 50 and sometimes is will be hard to get over 40. Take off is really slow until gear changes then builds up speed real slow. Noticed a hole being burned in the tube that extend's from the manifold on the rt hand side. My repair shop says they don't know what caused that and they don't know what the problem is. I patched the hole, which got bigger and bigger in a 24 hr period. Patched with the WG weld putty, works great, no new holes. Going up hill, forget it, maybe 20 mph. what I've done.. Changed the coil pak and the front three plugs. Made a little difference and ran a "little" better. I'm on my way to auto zone to get my codes and go from there. If there is anyone out there who has experienced the same issue's or anyone who might have some answer's I will be oh so grateful for any help I can get.... Help a brother out! thanks daniel

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Clogged gas filter or blocked exhaust converter,will
cause it to barely get to 50mph

The tube sounds like the egr tube ,replace it,you
can't patch a rusted out steel tube

How is it that repair shops by you are incompetant?

Spark plugs get changed every 3 years

Fuel Filter every 3 or 4 years

Clean MAF Sensor with CRC MAF Cleaner,instructions
on the can

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First thing, is your chk. engine light on? if it is, you can chk. the codes yourself, get a paper clip unfold it so you got 2 strate ends, find your dianostics port where you plug in the sccanner, take the paper clip and stick one end into the one on the far right and the other to the one next to it and turn ignition key to on position, chk. engine should start blinking if not move the last end of paper clip you pluged in to next one in port until it does( turning key off each time before you move paper clip end) do this procedure until the light starts to blink. When it blinks count the blinks, for example it will blink one time than a paus than blink twice quick witch means 12 and so on. It will start out with a 12 witch means the computer is ready to give stored codes. Just write down the codes and either take them to napa, or auto zone, or to a shop you know, and they can tell you what they mean. On a car that old it could be almost anything, parts wear out, but right now what stands out to me by your discription i would chk. the cadalitic converter it might be pluged. Take some advise get someone that knows something about cars or at least works on them on a regulator bases. That way your not playing a gessing game.

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A flashing check engine light is a critical indicator. That usually means that something went wrong that will damage the emission control system... and that is usually an ignition issue. First off, the OEM plug your car calls for is an NGK irridium... NOT BOSCH and not anything with more than 1 prong. Those NGKs are like 2 bucks and they are the proper plug. Make sure you have these plugs and make sure they are gapped to .028. Next, my suggestion is put all the new stuff on again. Drive it to autozone and have them delete all the codes. Drive it around until the check engine light comes on again, then immediately go back and read the codes. The ECU is smart enough to know which cylinder is misfiring. On these cars, I think they have three banks of two... meaning one "coil" inside the coil pack operates two of the cylinders. So if you get multiple misfires, it's the coil. If you get one misfire it's probably an individual plug wire or plug. Good luck.

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You changed 6 coils, but you didn't change spark plugs? The new coils give strong spark to burn off resisdues from your old plugs plus what ever left inside the combustion due to bad old coils causing smoke and bad ordor. Change all new spark plugs so you can have good ignition to burn off all junks inside combustion chambers. Smokes are at the beginning, but it will go away after less than 10 minutes.
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