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Detonation
« on: July 31, 2008, 01:26:19 AM »
I have noticed a possible problem on my car. It also happened on my old car, a Mazda Protege5. On both cars, it didn't seem to happen when it was very new, but now that it's got some mileage on it (I'm at 33000 KM or so), I am noticed a bit of detonation or pinging at first mainly during some shifts. I am lately starting to notice it occuring not only on shifts but also when I start to accelerate for a second, and then I guess the knock sensor adjusts the ignition timing and it goes away. Anyone know what could be causing this? On my Protege5 I figured maybe the injectors were getting dirty so I had the dealership do the recommended injector flush on in, but that didn't fix it. I also put in new plugs and that didn't change it either, neither did a K&N air filter. It is only for a split second, not persistant or anything but more and more frequent.
Why is this happening, is it normal, will it cause damage, and is there anything I can do about it?

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Re: Detonation
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008, 04:56:38 AM »
Two things.  1.  It's time for a tune-up 2. only burn premium gas

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Re: Detonation
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008, 03:07:56 PM »
I have been following all normal maintenance so what kind of tune-up? The car is rated for 87 octane and has been fine on that since it was new so why would that change?

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Re: Detonation
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2008, 07:15:45 PM »
If it is a 2007 GT 4.6 liter 3 valve engine rated at 9.7 compression ratio.   You might get away with burning 87 if your engine is tuned to perfection.  But when you stomp it and it sounds like marbles in the engine, then you could try a higher octane gas.   As far as a tune-up, about all you can do is to change the spark plugs, so you may as well take it to a Ford shop and have them hook up their expensive and fancy computer to see what needs tweaking. 

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Re: Detonation
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008, 08:40:12 PM »
You're right about the octane. I was always under the impression that it was best to use the octane that the owners manual calls for, which in this case is 87. I tried 91 octane fuel and she runs much nicer. I was a bit skeptical because I also tried this when I had my Protege5 and it didn't make much difference. Thank you.

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Re: Detonation
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2008, 10:58:49 PM »
The factory put the wrong manual in your car.  That engine requires at least 91 octane.  93 is best. The 6 cylinder girl's automatic car calls for 87 octane, but your beast calls for at least 91.  The computer will adjust for the difference of the 91 and the 93 octane, but not down to the 87. 

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Re: Detonation
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 02:44:49 AM »
a slight amount of detonation sint gonna hurt anything if its in between shift like you say. i suggest cleaning your mass air meter as a dirty meter can give false readings and cause driveability problems also throw a can of seafoam in the gas tank

and i suggest running 93 the somputer is gonna take timing out of your stang with regular or midgrade gas and lose a few hp, with higher timing you might possibly pick up a few MPG too

 

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