It all started one year ago but car is more of a garage queen. Recently I started to drive more and would like to solve this to not damage anything. Whole vehicle description, please see signature.
Car starts no problem, nothing wrong with idle.
Car drives mostly fine and has all the power it should have.
The issue is, when either driving hard or just shifting in higher rpms, it seems to dump fuel into the exhaust and it is igniting and gives a loud pop. In certain occasions I do smell fuel - this would be mostly when driving slower down the street or in traffic. Not always during all this, but occasionally, the engine loses power for a second - I would describe it like the piston is maybe overflown too much with fuel and can´t ignite. But next second it pulls again like nothing happened and all the power is there.
I have logged few times with Torque Pro android application and was googling what values should be correct, but to understand everything and the relationships, you would need to study rocket engineering. 🙂 Although one thing seems to be aligned with the above - I have read that "short fuel trim" should not get above 25, but in my logs I have seen they do reach more - I believe to seen in one log even 32, but here an example:
Prior to all this started, car received:
oil and filter
DO88 intercooler and radiator
silicone vacuum hoses
During the one year I have checked several times all boost and vacuum hoses for leaks, exchanged many clamps, added them where they have not been from factory. I had exchanged the tuned ECU for the stock one, there had been no changes to the issues, the car just felt stock on power.
I might be thinking an injector perhaps - stuck being open too long under certain conditions and dumping that fuel. But can this even happen? I can imagine they being clogged and not delivering fuel but the open close cycle would be managed by the ECU, right?! So both stock and tuned ECU would need to send incorrect data in that certain condition.
Or maybe the plugs - came incorrectly gaped and still working just fine under most conditions, but maybe not igniting 100%, where I would smell fuel even driving slow, and being much worse in the high rpm. But would a bad ignition cause the ECU to dump even more fuel? I would think the opposite and it would be less fuel.
Coils - but would think the same as plugs, less fuel not more fuel...
Do you have any ideas/recommendations what to look at and/or how to test something DIY way?
Many thanks guys!
Edit: BTW, no CEL what so ever at any time, or limp mode. Is just the one occasional power loss that I take as negative. I love the exhaust pop but scared to damage anything if I drive much.