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#4058 of 4133 2003 2.0 liter Escape is making me crazy
Nov 26, 2011 (11:21 am)
I have a 2003 Ford Escape 2.0 liter 5 speed with front drive only. It has an erratic idle situation that I cannot figure out. Car had a blown head gasket when purchased with 122k on it. Didn't pay a lot of money for the car so I wasn't concerned about the head gasket. Replaced the head asket, intake manifold gaskets, throttle body gasket, tension adjustment pulley, water pump, water pump pulley, timing belt etc and all was good for about 2 months, even took a 2k trip with no problems.
Shortly after that the car lost power, ran like crap and gas mileage dropped from about 26 to about 20-21 mpg. Got a p1074 code (lean condition bank 1).
Read some stuff on line about others that had similar problems and started the journey I am on.
Things I Have done since the head gasket change:
1. Idle air control valve
2. removed , cleaned, checked and reinstalled the fuel injectors with new O rings and caps.
3. replaced the o rings in the fuel rail
4. replaced the egr valve and the egr solenoid
5. Throttle position sensor
6. Vacuum eq control module
7. Mass air flow sensor
Checked the following for leaks, cracks etc.
air box & hoses
intake manifold (external for)
PCV Vale and hoses
All vacuum lines etc.
Here is what happens.
1. Cold start car is a bit difficult to start but once starts all is good.
RPMs holds at about 1200 until the temperature gauge moves up about 1/4 of the way and then it starts to decrease to about 850 rpm.
Idle starts to become a bit rough and the rpms drop to about 600.
The idle then gets taken up to about 1200 rpm and drops back to the 5-600 range within 10 seconds.
Idle is then taken up to about 1500 rpms for a second or two and starts to come back down
Idle then drops below 500.
The engine almost stalls (battery light comes on) but rallys and the rpms go up to about 2000 rpm for a couple of seconds and then start to drop down and almost stall again.
Rallys again and same scenario for about two or three more times and then stalls.
Engine restarts easily but will not idle normally after that.
Idle keeps bouncing up and down and stalling.
Problem is I love this little car. Great utility, pretty fun to drive, enough power and great gas mileage compared to my Ford Club Wagon with the 4.6 V-8.
Really want to keep it on the road but it is making me nuts and i am running out of ideas.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
#4059 of 4133 2001 Escape 3.0 L V6
Nov 27, 2011 (11:45 pm)
I purchased this car just over a month ago and have begun having problems similar to those described here. The first few times, it would stall shortly after being started (in varying temperatures), but never did this recur after restart. Today, I started the Escape and it was idling very rough (RPM shooting up past 2000 and then nearly stalling). Soon something started to smell hot, and the car stalled in the middle of the road. I was able to coast into a parking lot, but I'm at a complete loss. There were no warning lights of any kind. Anyone care to shed some light?
#4060 of 4133 Re: 2001 Escape 3.0 L V6 [paulkersey]
Dec 15, 2011 (9:36 am)
Did you find out what the problem was? I'm guessing the same as what we have had with our 02 Escape. It had been running rough, and then one night while my son was driving it he said it made a loud noise and started to smell really bad. When he got home we found the EGR valve had a hole in it. After having Ford dealership look at it we were told needed all 3 cat converters, plus EGR, etc., replaced, at a cost of over $3000. We took it to Midas, bought the parts ourselves, and had the job done for around $2300. Now, a month and a half later it suddenly started running bad again. Brought it in to Midis, and they said it's misfiring on several cylinders and needs coils and valve cover gasket set replaced, another $1000. We will again buy the parts and have it repaired to save about $250, but it is draining us dry! But it's the only car my son has to drive to work. Does ANYONE know what is the original cause of all this, or is it simply eveerything wearing out on a 10 year oldcar?
#4061 of 4133 Re: 2001 Escape 3.0 L V6 [thebon]
Dec 15, 2011 (10:04 am)
Just spent $1700 on 100,000 mile service plus replaced PCV valve, front tie rod, brakes replaced, new spark plugs. My 2003 Escape 3.0 V6 runs much better and I haven't had any stalling issues since.
#4062 of 4133 Re: Escape 2.0 FWD 5 spedd Running Problem [auralvoodoo]
Dec 22, 2011 (11:23 am)
I had this problem with mine and I had to have new intake manifold gaskets. Fixed it with no problems and check engine light went off!
#4063 of 4133 Re: Escape 2.0 FWD 5 spedd Running Problem [swolf0213]
Dec 23, 2011 (8:49 am)
Thank you for your reply. Found out it was a warped head. We had replaced the head gasket and checked the deck of the head and it appeared fine. Did a compression test and cylinders 1& 4 were abo180-190 lbs each. 2&3 were 82 & 80. Re-pulled the head and lo and behold the gasket was damaged in the same exact place. Ordered a reman head from Cylinder Heads Int. for $350.00. In the process of installing it. Once that is done we should be good to go.
#4064 of 4133 help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 05, 2012 (12:18 pm)
i have a 2004 ford escape it starts sometimes but stalls out and some times it wont start unless i give it some gas and when i put it in R or D the engine starts jumping and running really bad.i have checked the fuel filter to see if trash or water was the problem and its clean the guy i bought it from said it has been sitting for 6 weeks but ran great before that.i test drove it before i bought it and it ran great but i stopped at walmart before i went home and when i gt back in and started home it stalled out and thats when all this happened.idk what else to do
Jan 05, 2012 (4:32 pm)
my escape won't stay running. already replaced plugs ,plug wires, ignition coil and throttle position sensor and still won't stay running. if anybody has gone through all this trouble before please give me some ideas, loosing my mind with it already. thanks
#4067 of 4133 01 Escape Rough Idle / Stalling
Jan 21, 2012 (5:48 am)
I have an 01 Escape and every winter I start having the same problem. When the temp drops below 50 degrees or so I go out to start my vehicle in the morning and it idles very rough and will stall unless I hold the gas pedal down and keep the RPMS up to 2000 or higher. It will do this for about 2 to 5 minutes depending on how cold it is. Once the engine is warm (the temp gage goes up at least 1/4) the vehicle runs and drives perfectly fine. I replaced the plugs and coil packs last year around March. I thought that fixed the problem, but it turns out that it just got warmer out and now that the cold weather is back it is doing it again. Again this only happens when it is cold. If it is warm or hot outside I have absolutely 0 problems with it.