Originally Posted by sa22ie
Hi, I need some advice on a long running problem with my car. Ford Fiesta Encore 1.3i 1996.
This problem has been coming and going over the years and hasn't happened in the last 2 years or so until now.
Basically as you are traveling at speed and then slow, when you press the clutch in the car stalls even if you're still moving at 20mph+ like the idle speed drops too far yet when the car is stationary it's ok. I tested how extreme it was recently and when on a quiet dual carriageway at 70mph pressed the clutch right to the floor, and sure enough at 70mph the car stalls... I've just been putting up with it though I have mentioned it when its been to the garage and they don't seem to be able to spot it. Anyone else had the same problem or know how I might be able to fix it.
P.S please write the answer in layman's terms as I'm not so clued up. (as you can probably tell.
Well, how fast you're going when the car stalls is irelavent really, because when you press the clutch pedal in you're in neutral. Basically that shouldn't give cause for concern regarding the speeds it happens at, if of cause you were concerned, lol. The only reason it could happen more frequently at higher speeds would be because your dropping from much higher revs than you would be at a much slower speed (4,000rpm @ 70mph?)...say, 30mph (@ around 1,500rpm).
Does the car idle okay from initial start-up, and/or when warm? Or is it more serious? Could be the idle control valve or similar, I know the old Ford engines are renound for such faults. Mainly the 1.3-litre 8-valve engine in your car, so it might be worth checking out with a garage. Could be something possibly more simple, like an air leak.