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Old 04-20-2017, 09:42 PM
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Default 2008 Taurus engine skipping on highway

I have a 2008 Taurus. I am very happy with my car, and it has over 200k miles, but I have had a small problem with it for a while now. I did not change the spark plugs until about 120k miles. At that time, when I was driving uphill on the highway and before the transmission downshifts, I would sometimes get a skip/misfire (sort of the car bucks) in the engine. I found that if I put super unleaded gas in the car then it happens much less frequently. Maybe I waited too long to change the spark plugs and did some other small damage to the car to cause this. It continues even after changing the spark plugs.

When I tell the dealership, they don't really know what to say and they suggest fuel system cleaner. That doesn't help.

I found this link online and this seems to be exactly what I am seeing:

Engine Buck/Misfire at Freeway Speeds : Ford Taurus Engine

Has anyone had this happen to them? Does this sound right? Is this a big repair?

Any input on this is appreciated.
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Old 04-23-2017, 04:06 PM
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Usually a bucking sensation is due to loss of ignition system function. Something like battery cable connections, coil condition, and yes poor quality fuel (contaminated with water) or even temporary fuel supply interruption can produce these symptoms. Consider having the vehicle checked for any codes in the computer which could provide some direction with an intermittent problem.
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