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Check engine light was constantly on, now periodic flashing 4x's

I have a 2001 Ford Windstar with 96K miles on it. Several months ago my check engine light came on. My car exhibits "choking" almost a jerking motion as well as a "grinding" sound intermitently when I get above 2.5 RPM's. I have taken my car in to the shop twice and had diagnostics run only to be told nothing is wrong, that I need to use better fuel. I a using Cheveron w/ Techron and the problem persists. Choking getting worse and I'm burning through oil like crazy. Check engine light constantly on, has flashed 4x's, twice. A guy at Auto Zone mentioned it could be my coil pack. Please help I am tired of spending money and getting nowhere. Thanks!

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  • dcolman May 11, 2009

    I have not replaced the PVC valve. Just had air filter changed. Thanks for the input!



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Its your pcv and the hose running from your pcv to the top it should have a hissing sound if so follow it and move the hose around make sure hose aint pinched somewhere not allowing air flow.

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Ask Autozone to give you a feee computer scan for codes & report back with codes.

Have you ever replaced your PCV valve? If it's blocked it will build pressure in your crankcase & force oil into combustion chamber. It is a cheap part, under $10. Replace it anyway. Air filter old & Dirty? Have Autozone look while running scan test. Have him show you where to put pVC valve when you buy it there.

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2009

    you did not say if you 3.0L or 3.8L engine.

    here is pcv, positive crankcase ventilation valve location on 3.8L



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