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2004 Ford Escape idling problem HELP

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Jun 29, 2011, 7:36 AM

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2004 Ford Escape, V6 DOHC 24valve 2.0L.

Service Engine light is on, problem happened over night. When slowing down under 15 mph to stop, front of car started violently shaking, as if trying to shut off. Never ended up stalling, however idles as if its chugging. Shaking stops once I reach speed over 15mph. Trying to figure out what, it could be, and where I should start first.

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Jun 29, 2011, 9:24 AM

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The "check engine" light is an indicator for a system that monitors many electronic functions in the system, also called the "malfunction indicator lamp" (MIL). It can come on for any of hundreds of different causes from any of the systems that the computer monitors. Some are very important and can lead to further component or engine damage and some are emissions related not as serious but still a problem and need to be repaired.

Your first step is to have the computer scanned to retrieve the trouble codes that were set when the check engine light came on. Those codes will give you specific information about what the computer saw and will get you pointed in the right direction to find your problem. With a 1996 or newer and some 95 cars and you have an AutoZone or Advanced auto parts in your area, they will read them for free. Once you have these code numbers, we can be a lot more specific about what your problem may be.


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