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Old 08-14-2010, 05:53 PM
onerinconhill onerinconhill is offline
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Default Drag on acceleration?

I have a 96 Ranger XLT 3.0 and this problem has been slowly growing over the last few months. When I accelerate from like a streetlight, it'll start off fine, but when it gets to 2.5 grand, it will feel like it has a drag, and the transmission will kind of hiccup and the RPM will go back to 2 around 50 mph. I'm not sure what's causing this because when it warms up more, the problem becomes less noticeable (but is starting to always be noticeable). I just got an engine tuneup and they said that I need a new muffler (have a rattling sound, apparently the muffler is ready to fall off) and it has a rough idle, but it is a little bit better since the tuneup. No engine light, but I can't figure out what this drag is. I don't really know anything about vehicles, btw, but I figured I'd ask to see if anyone had this problem and how they fixed it.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:41 PM
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Default Re: Drag on acceleration?

rattling in the exhaust system could be a clogged cat? but muffler i wasnt aware that would cause to much of an issue unless water some how got in there and rusted parts out and its getting clogged. have your cats checked. next flush and change the trans filter and fluid to be on the safe side
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: Drag on acceleration?

I don't really know what that means, by cats what do you mean?
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:46 PM
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Default Re: Drag on acceleration?

They just said the muffler was loose and might fall off basically, I don't remember exactly what they said, but I can see that it rattles when it's idling when I look at it. I'm just wondering what is causing this drag that I have when I'm accelerating around 2.5 grand before the transmission does that strange hiccup before going back down. After that it's usually fine until I stop and start going again.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:22 AM
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Default Re: Drag on acceleration?

I have the same problem and you gave me an idea.
Check the Catalytic Converter, they sometimes break up and plug the exhaust.
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:30 PM
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Default Re: Drag on acceleration?

So about this question, this is really irritating me. When it's cold, I get a lot of drag when I'm accelerating, sometimes even when I step on the gas from a full stop it will literally not go, and then it will go at full power in a big burst of energy. After I drive it for like 5 minutes, then it acts normally (although there's still a power loss that I feel like I'm getting, especially since it takes a lot harder push on the gas to get the truck to go the same speed as it did before). It did this a lot less intense last summer when it was hot, and then it seemed to go away, but this time it just won't give in. I have absolutely no idea what is causing this or what to do. My transmission is also starting to slip a lot more, unfortunately, so I'm wondering if a transmission tuneup might be of any help.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:57 AM
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Default Re: Drag on acceleration?

I'm no ace mechanic but maybe spray carb or injector cleaner down the intake.
If the catalytic converter breaks up inside, this also can cause weak exhaust.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:47 PM
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So it is definitely getting worse, but I've noticed that when I start it up and go and then give it a huge push on the gas (pushing it above 3 grand) then the problem pretty much gets a lot better...so I'm thinking maybe I need a new fuel filter? It almost feels like the transmission is slipping because I'll get to 30mph or so and then feel a huge power loss, and then it'll come back. I'm also noticing a constant rattling sound coming from somewhere, not sure if it's the same one as the muffler but it's always there now, and I can strangely feel my idle in my gas pedal.
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