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Why is my Cougar running so rough?

I have a 1994 Cougar that has been in and out of the shop for crank no start conditions. Each time it was diagnosed as a fuel problem. The first time the fuel pump was replaced. The second time, a couple of weeks later, he replaced a regulator for the pump. He also noted a lot of junk in the tank. Again a couple of weeks later I had to have it towed back. He didn't charge me and I believe he changed the regulator again both times a used part since a new one was quite expensive. Now the car is running horribly. It's running very rich, with a rough idle, white smoke and a gas odor. I guess at least it starts but I am thinking he doesn't know how to fix this problem. He suggested I drive it around awhile to see if the problem goes away. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Brian, I agree with you, I don't think this person knows what he is doing except costing you money. The white smoke is usually a sign of compression or water going out the tailpipe which would point to a blown head gasket or cracked head, piston something in that area. A couple things you can check to elliminate those problems. Pull your dip stick out and make sure the oil looks good, not foamy, or whitish. Take your radiator cap off and look at your coolant for signs of oil. If you can't see it use a flashlight or stick your finger in. swoosh it around and look for signs of oildbon your finger. If both of these look negative I thing it is either timing or fuel pressure. Call a Ford Dealership and ask for service. Most of them will tell you what the fuel pressure reading should be. On a 94 I believe you still have a throttle body with the regulator built in so you can't get a reading like you can off a fuel rail. It's 1 am and I'm dead tired so I might be wrong on that. The rich fuel smell is just has that is not being burnt and going out the exhaust. If none of this helps you Please find a different mechanic to take it too.. Don't keep driving it like this person suggested or you might really damage something. Good Luck.

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SOURCE: 1994 Cougar XR7 Engine idling rough and running rough at low and

Not saying this for sure, but I had the same problem, and i have a 1994 xr7 V6 3.8 L , and all u need to do is set the idle down manually because your computer could have seen that the injector was stuck open, and tried to turn up idle to keep up with the amount of fuel being pumped, worth a shot :P

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you have bad valve seals again and it is possible that the valve guides are bad ( to much play ) i worked for Jaguar 13 years and i have done 100's of these and very few needed guides it sound like the seals where not done correctly at the last repair.

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