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1996 Cobra Mustang surging or loping wont run right, missing

I have a very bad mixture of fuel and air, smells real bad. Tried to fix the problem. Replaced MAF sensor, idle control, throttle position sensor, new plugs and wires. When i start the car it will fire up and then cut off. Goes to about 2000 rpm's and straight to 0. If i try to keep it started it will finally catch up and start to surge or lope. Missing pretty bad too.

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  • eric meeks May 31, 2009

    i changed that about 3 months ago, tired of sinking money and not fixing the problem lol. Is the ETC on the front of the engine block?

  • eric meeks Jun 01, 2009

    yea i'm pretty sure thats the one i changed. thanks. I also have a ticking noise when i first start it up in the morning. have read on the mustang forum that it is pretty commen in that year car. Its not a knock, it is a tick at about 2000 rpm's. It will go away after about 20 min. Any comments on what that might be? Also have some black smoke coming out of tailpipes at high rpm. But i think that is a fuel problem linked to my first problem lol. Havent had any problems out of this car till now. 140,000 miles. thanks for your comments, really appreciate it

  • eric meeks Jun 02, 2009

    just found out today, june 2, that it is my maf sensor. Evidently, if u change a maf sensor and u have add on's on your car, then u have to have your fuel injectors calibrated with your maf sensor. They said to go to and download a program for your car and it will fix it. But you have to take it to a performance shop that does that type of thing. what a bunch of @%^)#%$! lol thanks for your comments and if anyone knows about this calibration thing, drop me a line plz



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You should check the engine coolant temprature sensor (ECT).

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  • jg1523 Jun 01, 2009

    I believe it is on, next to, or near the thermostat housing.



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