Probably not a good way to start out a classified ad, but accurate, nonetheless.
I’ve got a '99 Ford Expedition, which has to last two more years. The problems are multitude, but the one that bugs me the most is an occasional and momentary loss of power when I try to take off from a stop. I push the accelerator, the car starts moving, usually just far enough to get me out into the middle of the road, and then it cuts out for about one second, the whole car shifts forward, and then it comes right back to life. It’s never actually stalled, but the revs drop to next-to-nothing. It seems to happen more often when I’m pulling off of an off-ramp after driving on the highway for a while.
My guess is the fuel pump, but I won’t have the cash to get it into the shop for a few weeks. Also, especially when it’s cold, there’s a mechanical whine, which is rather annoying. It’s a mechanical sound, almost like a dynamo, not belts squeaking, and anyway I’ve checked and dressed them, so I was thinking either fuel pump, power steering pump, or alternator. I haven’t noticed any problems with the battery charge, and it always starts just fine (excepting one morning when it was -20℉, but you can’t be mad about that), and the power steering makes its own special noise, separate from the constant whine, so I was wondering if my legitimate problem and source of minor annoyance were connected.
The thing is really just a piece of crap at this point. It’s got 170k miles on the chassis, but only about 65k on the new motor (previous owner decided it would be a good idea to drive 700 miles at 85 mph, while towing a trailer that was probably too heavy to begin with, and with overdrive on). The electronics system is inhabited by a gremlin whose only purpose in life is to irritate me, the air suspension decides when it wants to level out and when it doesn’t, the door locks were electric, but now 3/5 are manual, etc., etc., etc. /vent
Thoughts? Thanks in advance.