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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2008, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Nearly dying on left turns

My 95 3.8 has been sitting since last April. I started driving it again about 2 weeks ago. It was stored with nearly a full tank of gas. I have driven between 800-900 miles in that time, all of a sudden while driving home from the Detroit auto show I made a left turn, and the engine started sputtering and jerking. As soon as the wheels straightened out it ran fine again. Its been like this for 5 days now. Straight and right hand turns are fine. It does it even with a full tank of gas, so it cant be the fuel pump sucking air like if the tank was nearly empty. Any help figuring this out would be great!!!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2008, 05:11 PM
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check your oil, if your low it will sometimes "sputter" when you turn.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2008, 07:55 PM
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Same thing I asked over on cougarnuts:

What happens if you turn the wheels to the left while sitting still? Does it sputter, or does it run normally?


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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Checked the oil.....was 1.5 qt. low toped it off and it seemed ok for a little bit, like 15 miles, then came back again. Oil level is still full.

It runs fine with the wheels cut and standing still and even moving under 5 mph, but if I make the left turn and give it more than a tiny bit of gas it will start acting up.

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If memory serves me, I thought I remember this coming up a few years ago..... forgive me I'm old!

Does you car have the 96+ deep tranny pan or the stock flat one? One of our experts here at the time trouble shot the problem as fluid starvation in the tranny. Because the 94/95 tranny pan is flat and by taking hard corners and fluid moving around in there, not enough fluid was being drawn into the tranny.

I guess Ford corrected the problem with the newer style pan with the sump.


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I think that was only for right-hand turns.


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I could well be wrong but it sounds like an electrical short to me.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 12:58 PM
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I bet that one of your spark plug wires is burned through and is grounding out on the exhaust manifold or engine when you turn.

I had that problem once a long time ago.



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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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I replaced the trans. a few years ago with a 97' bird unit w/37,000 on it........about 55,000 now, so it should be the updated pan on it.

I have come to notice driving today around lunch that it is working fine.

So all of the instances that this has been happening that I can recall have been when the temp. outside is extremely cold. 8 degrees this morning, 10 degrees at the auto show, but around 32 when I went out for lunch, and ran fine.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 02:25 PM
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Check your steering column electrical connections, if your car has air bags make sure you pull the negative off of the battery before messing with the wiring in there.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 07:04 PM
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I just fixed my 88. It was doing the EXACT same thing. It was the Green/Brown wire going into the ignition coil. I noticed it was a little loose, I fixed it and all is well! This problem drove me crazy for about 3 weeks. It started dying out when I hit the brakes also, thats what made me look into the wiring.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2008, 06:32 PM
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my 96 bird is doing that as well shell caugh then come back to normal sometimes it'll happen when i hit a huge pothole "thanx oklahoma raods" it will jump rpms when if im goin 35 plus which makes me think its electrical or computer related
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