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95 Ford, Private Performance
Q: I bought a '95 Ford sedan. When I left the dealership, it seemed to be the ideal car for me. The second day I drove it, it stalled and although I could restart it, it would only go about 2 MPH. Then, it took hold and went off, as good as ever; apparently nothing wrong. The next day, a repeat performance. I went back to the dealer and the fellow in the repair department said it seemed in perfect shape. I have had repeat performances since (often). The trouble is, it doesn't stay stalled. The last major episode occurred as I was driving it to my mechanic, it recovered just at the entry to his garage! I feel that this has got to be fixed. I don't travel long distances, but use the car for business appointments and errands around town.

A: When you're explaining your problem, does the look in your technician's eyes make you believe that, he/she thinks you've been rolling the window up on your head. Relax, it's not you, it's the car. And, welcome to the world of intermittent problems. Has anyone asked the vehicle's computer if it has seen a problem? There may be some information in the computer's memory that could provide insight to your vehicle's problem. Also, many repair facilities have portable equipment that connects to the vehicle's computer and works like a flight recorder. The vehicle can be driven as normal and when the problem occurs, a push of a button activates the record feature. The captured information can then be reviewed to determine if it is a fuel, ignition or computer related problem. With some persistence and technology the solution to your problem can be found.

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