CEL

Asked by Apr 15, 2019 at 02:03 AM about the 1998 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just bought a used Ford Taurus. Lady said it ran
fine but I found out the same day that shes most
likely lying because out of nowhere, I'm trying to go
up a hill and as I accelerate I have no
power...sluggish... doesnt wanna go any faster and
when it finally did it felt like it shifted really hard.
Also the vehicle shakes while its idling and the idle
is at normal RPMs but it will jump around slightly
while idling. The shaking stops when I touch on the
gas and when I put the car in gear and accelerate.
I've heard that it might have water in the gas. It
SUPPOSEDLY sat for 3 months before I bought it.
I've heard that it could be misfiring. I've heard
several different things about the fuel system.  
Anyone have any solid advice here? Help! :'(

2 Answers

Also the CEL is on and sometimes flashes.

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The idle problem probably relates to a dirty idle air control valve, and this might cause the rough idle too, or it could be a vacuum leak.. Sluggishness, particularly up-hill, is probably a clogged catalytic converter, and the hard shifting stems from that. Do check transmission flued to see if it's full and clean. You need to have a mechanic look at this car, which you should have done prior to purchase. There might be a lot of repairs needed.

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