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#32 of 40 2004 Ford Escape 3.0L V6 Please Help Me!!!!
Nov 12, 2011 (7:03 pm)
Okay so about 2months ago I had the alternator replaced in my 04 Ford Escape. It was only charging about 50%. gauges were jumping around, and it was missing. I had it checked and the code came back #5 plug was not firing. So after the alternator the gauges are still jumping around, however the alternator is charging to full potential. Now this past week I took my ford into the shop for new plugs. After the plugs were put into the car, it was running alot rougher than before. and 2 cylinders were not firing. all the pressures were checked and where they were supposed to be. Next stop was fuel injectors. After new injectors put in no change. I went to pick up the Ford because I had run out of money for this round and it now was shaking really bad, I had to keep my foot on the gas pedal at stop lights to keep it running, and the cat was glowing a cherry red. I was on my way home and lost ALL acceleration and smoke was rolling out of the hood. Now it sits at another shop with cylinders 4 and 6 dead. the front cat had fallen apart and clogged the cat in the back. I am really confused and do not know what could have happened since before all this the trouble was with #5. Does anyone know that if the O rings have been damaged or if there is internal damage, how costly this is?? We owe way too much money on this car and it is our only transportation. I NEED HELP!! I AM RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS!!!!!!
#33 of 40 Re: 2004 Ford Escape 3.0L V6 Please Help Me!!!! [candij]
Nov 14, 2011 (3:53 pm)
I'm very very concerned about the mechanic you are using. First, the alternator would have nothing whatever to do with the misfire in the engine. It's wierd you would be so conversant with the catalytic converters, glowing, front and back, etc., but not know that - whatever....
If the cat was glowing, the exhaust wsa horribly rich, meaning a serious overload of fuel in the combustion chambers, more than just a 1 plug misfire would cause. So, it has to be fuel related, as in the injector computer is likely opening the injectors all fully, flooding the engine.
Again, very concerned the mechanic can't figure this out. If he has now ruined two cylinder's compression, he has ruined your engine. You may have a cause of action against him if you take him to court. Not knowing who you use - I can't say, but the problem seems clear from here - can't understand how the mechanic can't see that from under your hood.
Best of luck - try someone else!
#35 of 40 Re: My 2011 Ford Escape Problem [mistymorning16]
Dec 28, 2011 (10:23 am)
I'm having the same issue. My 2011 Escape 4 cyl. 2 wheel drive, started vibrating when stopped at a stop sign, in gear at idle. I started to put the escape in neutral to minimize the vibration. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced an engine mount but the vibration is still there. They said there is nothing more they can do that it's a natural characteristic of the 4 cylinder engine. I'm pursuing matters through Ford. I will update if I get anywhere.
#36 of 40 Re: My 2011 Ford Escape Problem [timco5]
Dec 28, 2011 (10:44 am)
Yes, absent the inclusion of a balance shaft to damper those vibrations an I4 will exhibit your complaints, especially at idle.
But Ford is too cheap for that.
#37 of 40 Re: My 2011 Ford Escape Problem [wwest]
Dec 28, 2011 (4:14 pm)
Willard, I respect your knowledge, despite your anti-Ford bias. But I have an 08 Escape with the 4-pot, and it doesn't vibrate at idle. It's rough, it's noisy, it's annoying, and I much prefer the 6, but it doesn't vibrate.
#38 of 40 Re: My 2011 Ford Escape Problem [nvbanker]
Dec 28, 2011 (11:00 pm)
For some folks "rough" might equate to "vibration".
#39 of 40 Re: My 2011 Ford Escape Problem [nvbanker]
Dec 28, 2011 (11:02 pm)
At this moment I can't think of any marque for which I am not "anti-" in some respect.
#40 of 40 Re: My 2011 Ford Escape Problem [wwest]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 29, 2011 (8:07 am)
Good time of the year for some resolutions.