Ford Taurus/Sable 1986-1995 Repair Information

General Information


The Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI) system is used on all Super High Output (SHO) vehicles, as well as on 1993 and later 3.0L and 3.8L engines. It is classified as a multi-point, pulse time, speed density control fuel injection system. The fuel is metered into the intake manifold port, in sequence, in accordance with the engine demand through the injectors mounted on a tuned intake manifold. The Electronic Engine Control (EEC-IV) computer outputs a command to the fuel injectors to meter the appropriate quantity of fuel. The remainder of the fuel system is basically the same as the EFI system installed on some earlier model 3.0L and 3.8L engines.

The SEFI fuel subsystem includes a high pressure (30-45 psi/209-310 kPa) tank-mounted electric fuel pump, fuel charging manifold, pressure regulator, fuel filter, and both solid and flexible fuel lines.

The fuel pressure regulator maintains a constant pressure drop across the injector nozzles. The regulator is referenced to intake manifold vacuum and is connected parallel to the fuel injectors and positioned on the far end of the fuel rail. Any excess fuel supplied by the pump passes through the regulator and is returned to the fuel tank via a return line.

The fuel pressure regulator is a diaphragm operated relief valve in which one side of the diaphragm senses fuel pressure and the other side senses manifold vacuum. Normal fuel pressure is established by a spring preload applied to the diaphragm. Control of the fuel system is maintained through the EEC-IV power relay and the EEC-IV control unit, although electrical power is routed through the fuel pump relay and an inertia switch. The fuel pump relay is normally located on a bracket somewhere above the Electronic Control Assembly (ECA) and the inertia switch is located in the storage compartment. Tank-mounted pumps can be either high or low pressure, depending on the model.

The fuel injectors used with the SEFI system are an electromechanical (solenoid) type designed to meter and atomize fuel delivered to the intake ports of the engine. The injectors are mounted in the lower intake manifold and positioned so that their spray nozzles direct the fuel charge in front of the intake valves. The injector body consists of a solenoid actuated pintle and needle valve assembly. The control unit sends an electrical impulse that activates the solenoid, causing the pintle to move inward off the seat, allowing the fuel to flow. The amount of fuel delivered is controlled by the length of time the injector is energized (pulse width), since the fuel flow orifice is fixed and the fuel pressure drop across the injector tip is constant. Correct atomization is achieved by contouring the pintle at the point where the fuel enters the pintle chamber.

Exercise care when handling fuel injectors during service. Be careful not to lose the pintle cap and replace O-rings to assure a tight seal. Never apply direct battery voltage to test a fuel injector.

The injectors receive high pressure fuel from the fuel manifold (fuel rail) assembly. The complete assembly includes a single, preformed tube with six injector connectors, mounting flange for the pressure regulator, mounting attachments which locate the fuel manifold assembly and provide fuel injector retention, and a Schrader® quick-disconnect fitting used to perform fuel pressure tests.

The fuel manifold is normally removed with fuel injectors and pressure regulator attached. Fuel injector electrical connectors are plastic and have locking tabs that must be released when disconnecting the wiring harness.

The air subsystem components include the air cleaner assembly, air flow (vane) meter, throttle air bypass valve and air ducts that connect the air system to the throttle body assembly. The throttle body regulates the air flow to the engine through a single butterfly-type throttle plate controlled by conventional accelerator linkage. The throttle body has an idle adjustment screw (throttle air bypass valve) to set the throttle plate position, a PCV fresh air source upstream of the throttle plate, individual vacuum taps for PCV and control signals, and a throttle position sensor that provides a voltage signal for the EEC-IV control unit.

The throttle air bypass valve is an electro-mechanical (solenoid) device whose operation is controlled by the EEC-IV control unit. A variable air metering valve controls both cold and warm idle air flow in response to commands from the control unit. The valve operates by bypassing a regulated amount of air around the throttle plate; the higher the voltage signal from the control unit, the more air is bypassed through the valve. In this manner, additional air can be added to the fuel mixture without moving the throttle plate. At curb idle, the valve provides smooth idle for various engine coolant temperatures, adjusts for A/C load, and compensates for transaxle load and no-load conditions. The valve also provides fast idle for start-up, replacing the fast idle cam, throttle kicker and anti-dieseling solenoid common to previous models.

There are no curb idle or fast idle adjustments. As in curb idle operation, the fast idle speed is proportional to engine coolant temperature. Fast idle kick-down will occur when the throttle is kicked. A time-out feature in the ECA will also automatically kick-down fast idle to curb idle after approximately 15-25 seconds once the coolant has reached approximately 160°F (71°C). The signal duty cycle from the ECA to the valve will be at 100% (maximum current) during the crank to provide maximum air flow, allowing no-touch starting at any time (engine cold or hot).