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I have a 1997 Ford Falcon Sedan GLi Automatic and I am having issues with the car using too much fuel, being down on power and when the engine is cold and not in gear if I press the accelerator the car hesitates and takes a few seconds before it starts reving (wont even spin wheels on gravel in first gear never mind in D). The car has had a new ignition coil due to failure, radiator due to corrosion (temperature gage sits just below the normal line now but was doing this before the problem came and was working fine so don't think this is an issue but I'm no mechanic), oxygen sensor replaced as this came up in diagnostics computer, air and fuel systems cleaned out to try and fix this problem. I had the car at a mechanics and he suggested that it could be the transmission but I am not convinced as the car hesitates to rev when not in gear. The exhaust also has a few holes in it but again it was like this before the problem occurred. Can you please give me a solution or suggestions as to what I/we should be looking for. Thanks Simon.

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Have them change the knock sensor. What this sensor does, is sense preignition and ****** the timing when predetonation is detected. If the sensor is keeping the ignition retarded, you will have lack of power, poor transmission shifting(a lot of times a trans can be mis diagnosed due to a driveability malfunction). What he will see on the scanner is timing that will either not change or change very little. If you can hear knocking while accelerating(even standing still) this is a good indication. You are correct, that is high consumption. One thing you can do for yourself is, whilst driving at around 60 kms, step on the accelerator and listen very closley for an almost metallic pinging coming from the engine bay. This is a great confirmation and you will be able to instruct your mechanic what to change. Let me know and I will continue to assist.

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