There's another factor in our equation.
If your gonna have an Armageddon vehicle,
cheap plentiful parts is key!
Thankfully she warned me early on,
the car had a shudder and the light would blink.
The first thing checked was the fuel filter.
I could barely blow through it.
It did seem to drive better,
but there was another gremlin.
After reading the manual and researching online,
the problem was one of 24 things.
a local shop ran a diagnostic.
First time at a mechanic in 20 years!
Supposedly there's an OBD2 code reader that plugs into an iPhone,
I may look into that.
the code pinpointed the problem to a misfire on cylinder 4,
The Ford 4.6 uses a separate ignition coil for each cylinder,
a trick design,
however they do burn out.
The part isn't really expensive,
$45-75 depending on the brand,
but there was a principle to uphold.
and mass produced for cheaper parts.
The Ford Crown Victoria is used as taxis and cop cars.
There are literally tons of them at the junkyards.
We had to go.
a beat up P71 police interceptor.
Definitely on my next car to own list,
these are built way beefier then our cruiser.
The remaining coils were tested and pirated,
a whopping $60 for 5,
including the rubber boots!
Motorcraft brand not aftermarket junk.
I really wanted Jakob to check out the place,
but no minors were allowed inside.
We had a good cruise regardless.
I ended up swapping out a couple coils.
and besides 2 smog checks and a couple oil changes,
this was the first issue.
Keeping my fingers crossed!