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1997 Ford Falcon Sedan GLi Automatic. Car is using alot of fuel and is down on power. Had spak plugs, fuel filter, oil and oil filter changed 6 weeks ago. Also has had new radiator in the past 4 months due to corrosion and also new ignition coil due to failure. I have had an oxygen snsor replaced due to diagnostics computer report and also the air and fuel systems cleaned out. The last tank of fuel (60 litres got me just 300kms and this was over 2 120km jouneys and some town driving. On gravel roads the car will not spin/skid the drive wheels from stationary position even in 1st gear. When I press the accelerator in neutral after starting from cold the car hesitates for a few seconds before reving (there is sometimes a knock sound from the engine bay when I do this but not always). The mechanic I have been dealing with does not know what the problem is and suggested the transmission as sometimes the car does rev excessively whilst accelerating hard.

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  • simon_ste573 Sep 10, 2010

    Took the car to a different mechanic and they checked and adjusted the timing!! This only cost me $50 as appossed to nearly $500 I had wasted on having the oxygen sensor replaced and air and fuel systems cleaned.

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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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  • shakeel Aug 08, 2011

    Hello Folks,

    I am facing a similar issue with my car, it's giving Knocking sound while moving and sometimes, gear doesn't shift. Please give some solution to rectify this problem. I have 97 ford falcon Gli 4.0. It's Mileage is very low 60litres around 250km. Please suggest me, an Economical way to rectfiy this problem. Thanks in Advance.
    Regards- Shakeel

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