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#3421 of 4133 Ford escape lunging
Jul 13, 2006 (11:20 am)
Can someone please give me their advise of what I am up against? I bought a used 2002 escape 4x4 manual transmission and 4 cyl engine It has 22,800 miles on it. It has been a very good vehicle for the last year. This week I noticed it being jerky and lunging as if I was in the wrong gear for the speed I am travelingand the check engine light came on. This only happens when I am using cruise control or slightly accelerating to keep an even speed. It is fine if i am accelerating at about 3k rpm and shifting. The only thing I have done diffrently recently was to fill up with BP gas.
Also can anyone let me know of any recalls that may be out there for the escape? is there a website I can go to to find out? How can I tell if my vehicle has recievied all the recalls it may have.
#3422 of 4133 Re: Ford escape lunging [ohbigdogs]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 13, 2006 (12:28 pm)
Recall info (and TSB summaries) can be found with the Edmunds Maintenance Guide. The service writer at the Ford dealer should be able to pull up your VIN and tell you if all the recall work has been done.
#3423 of 4133 ESCAPE: DASTARDLY IDLE AIR CONTROL!
Jul 13, 2006 (5:08 pm)
My thanks to all who took the time to report the idling difficulty they were having with the Ford Escape (and Tribute). After pulling my hair out trying to diagnose the intermittent idle problem, I check this web site and found that I was not alone! Having changed the IAC, the car starts and runs beautifully.
Changing the Idle Air Control (IAC) valve on my 2001 Escape (with just over 100,000) wasn't much harder than changing a battery. I obtained the replacement part at my local auto parts store. NB: the valve does NOT come with a gasket so be sure to order one at the same time.
While I had the cowling off, I changed the throttle position switch as well. (Two Philips head screws!) Note that this device, which is spring loaded, needs to be rotated slightly upward (the electrical connector faces 3:00 (horizontal) when attached, 2:00 when removed and replaced.) These two cost me $78.
Suggestion: Don't bother removing and just cleaning the IAC. When the starting gets a little touchy, replace it!
#3424 of 4133 Re: steering/tire rod question [fordgurl]
Jul 13, 2006 (7:03 pm)
I have the same noise and it was the ABS ring broken. Ford will ask you to replace the hole axle, but it's no necessary. it's possible to change only the ring.
#3425 of 4133 Re: ESCAPE: DASTARDLY IDLE AIR CONTROL! [erictowse]
Jul 18, 2006 (12:03 pm)
Just as a follow-up to your post. I've changed my IAC twice (2-times) since I bought the Escape in July 2001. I've got 94.5K miles and the Escape is still running pretty good. I just changed the rear-brake shoes at 94K miles. Overall the Escape has been a good vehicle for me. I'd like to keep it a while longer or at least until Fall and then check-out what the '07 line-up will be like for other make/model vehicles. So far no tranny-issues or engine problems. I've been running synthetic oil and transmission fluid in it from ~25K miles. I do expect more mechanical issues to start cropping-up just based on the age and mileage of the vehicle. But I am a firm believer in preventative maintenance and proactive approach to car-care. I would probably do the same with any new or used vehicle I buy in the future.
#3426 of 4133 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [bri66]
Jul 20, 2006 (8:33 pm)
I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute that I think might have the same front-end problem. Every time I go over a bump I hear a kind of a rattling or ticking, almost like something is a little loose in the undercarriage. It's a really short noise, i.e. you have to listen carefully because it comes immediately after a bump. Could this be the same shocks problem?
Any help much appreciated.
#3427 of 4133 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [mhsia]
Jul 21, 2006 (9:42 am)
No, I had the same problem and it turned out to be the crappy motor mounts on my Tribute. There special order only and run about $360 for the set. See if you can shake the motor slightly while the car is parked. Should make the same noise.
#3428 of 4133 Idle Inconsistant
Jul 21, 2006 (10:42 am)
Any ideas why the vehicle upon idling or accelerating is jumping, almost misfiring? Nuetral as well. No engine light comes on. I have replaced the air filter, fuel filter, and the first three spark plugs (just to see if that may lie in the problem). So far (just this morning), it seems to run great. Should I be concerned that this could have been misfiring and I may have an expensive problem later? Need to know because the extended warranty is up in October!
I have not changed the IAC unit yet.
Furthermore, do I need new gaskets for the upper and lower intake when I change the remaining plugs?
FYI (One tranny later, no probs yet... 52000mi 2 years/ago)
Love the site.
#3429 of 4133 Tribute Idling Problem
Jul 22, 2006 (8:37 pm)
I would be grateful for some assistance.
I live in Samoa over in the southern hemisphere about 3-4 hours flying time from New Zealand. We drive on the same side of the road as you guys in USA so a lot of our vehicles are imported old and new from the states.
I just bought a tribute 2001 2.0L engine and have found some similar problems of idling as many of you. but feel the engines being talked about are the v6.
So my problem....
The check light is on and the mechanics anaylser and haynes code book says PO 402 which we assume is correct for the mazda code of "too much flow" in the EGR valve.
The engine also periodically won't idle and this seems to happen when hot and frequently started in short spaces of time. When left to cool off for say 2 hours it's ok till the next time. We have replaced the EGR valve, making no difference. So I was reading about this ICV and wondering if this could be my problem. All my parts need to come from the states so am starting at this forum to see what others may have done.
Thank you steve
#3430 of 4133 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [mhsia]
Jul 24, 2006 (4:10 am)
I have an 2001 Escape that had a similar problem and it turn out to be the sway bar links .