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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:29 pm 
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Hey guys got a prob with the ute(270k) it runs like a dog i have changed the plugs and now just changed the leads still f//ked it runs like a dog at about 1000rpm and the more i put the boot in it vibrates but the car still pulls what do you think?? droped valve or electrical some where

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:30 pm 
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Check the MAF sensor connection

Check the intake air temp sensor (plumbed into the intake pipe on AU)

Does harmonic balancer vibrate?

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:47 pm 
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Check the harmonic balancer. If you can actually move it with your fingertips then it is rooted and dangerous to run the engine under load with.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:49 pm 
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Yep. More so with AU as well... the pulley/balancer is integrated... also i believe the balancer has a 36-1 EDIS wheel for the ECU to determine crank angle.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:14 pm 
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Yep just checked the harmonic balancer you can see that it is not even all around is it safe to drive and is it $$$$$ to fix
I have been trying everything for the last 2months and i think it has been like that for a while you would be driving down the street and it was like a v4 and the all of a sunden it was live a rocket (i think i will stick being a plumber)lol
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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:36 pm 
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Umm... you dont want to drive it around any more than necessary.

The unevenness can damage the crank. That's bad. There's a small chance it can come loose or drop a belt. That's not too bad. Theres a chance it will try and work its way off and f**k the retaining bolt for the balancer, potentially ruining the thread on the inside of the crank. That's bad.

Give ford spare parts a ring. Im pretty sure you have to get a genuine part as the AU have special harmonic balancers as outlined above. Dont expect much change from $200 for an AU balancer (dont be tempted to get an EB-EL unit, they are cheaper but they wont work).

If you feel up to the job, you'll need a harmonic balancer puller and a 1/2inch drive with a 24mm socket.

A mechanic would charge you about $60 + parts i reckon... remove thermofans, remove serp belt, remove harmonic balancer retaining bolt, remove balancer, put new one on and put rest of parts together.

Good opportunity to replace the serpentine belt as well. $50 or so

BUT i would get a second opinion if you are not sure if its the balancer or not.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:13 pm 
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on monday i booked it in to ford this friday let you know how much and what was the outcome i cant move it by hand which is a good thing!!! :D

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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:24 pm 
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i am having the exact same problem with my au xr8. ive changed o2 sensors, plugs, leads, and still searching. at 1000rpm the car near rattles apart from the shaking.
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Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:41 pm 
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Dead xr
yep mine is a xr(10 month 2000) as well done about 270k on the clock thats what mine does at 1000 rpm the whole car shakes and it broke a bracket that holds a AC hose stuffed that i was amazed when i looked at the harmonic balancer it sticks out like dogs b##ls, so we will see how it goes this friday

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lol now i sound like a pro yeah right plumbers use a screw driver as a chisel!!! :twisted:
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Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:04 pm 
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Hey all it is fixed it was the harmonic blancer she just runs soooooo smoth now was not cheap it also stuffed the Ac mainifold&tube kit (it sits under the ac comp) that killed me in price

thaks for all your input

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Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:12 pm 
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i got mine fixed the other day too. mentioned to the mechanic "harmonic balancer", and yep thats what it was. car now runs beautifully, first time its been right since i bought it 6 months ago. i did a 14.8 with it playing up, im sure it will be quicker now.
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Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:23 pm 
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Chalk up another 2 victims to the Windsor's harmonic balancer :)

I've been there, done that...as have many others. Glad you fellas got em sorted. Like driving a new car now, huh?

 

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