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zigt59
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Jun 29, 2013, 5:47 AM

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2003 Ford Escape, six cylinder, 3.?, automatic, with 75K miles.

Car intermittently dies. We just bought this car for my 18 year old son 10 weeks ago, about 4 weeks ago it died when he was out delivering. It he was parked after restarting from a delivery he started backing out it died, it was a hot day so he shut off the AC and radio. He restarted it right away and it ran for a block and died again, all the warning lights came on, it restarted right away and he called me, we switched cars. It ran fine, temp and everything was good, I stopped and looked at the codes nothing was set. So in the next several days I looked everything over, checking hoses and the most common items, the only things that did I replaced the air filter and I cleaned the mass air flow sensor with the proper cleaner for it. The air filter was dirty, so I drove the car for several days and had no problems so I gave it back to my son to use.

It worked well for about 4 weeks and on June 26 it happened again, the same as before and again no codes were set. I have drove the car for the last two days and I have had no more incidents yet! It runs very good. In the last two days I have been checking all the wiring harness and so far I have not found anything. Unsure

Intermittent problems are a bXXX to find.

My questions is there anyone that is had the same problem and what did you do to fix it in your case? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
Terry Ziegenhorn


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 29, 2013, 6:35 AM

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No codes and intermittent stalling out? Are you sure there are no codes?

Dirty air filter? With what? Road dust, pollen or dunno?

In that it can run all those cycles codes could self clear so may take some wiggle testing of connections, wiring, vacuum hoses, water misting (easy doing that) to see if you can aggravate it to locate a problem spot.

No harm in checking fuel pressure as it might be borderline. Seems more of a GM thing. Toss fuel filter just because unless you know it was just done,

T



Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 29, 2013, 6:43 AM

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Sorry for a new post on same subject but you mentioned delivery use AND shutting everything down for no doubt quick stops. I say you are just wearing out the swites early. Folks and techs may disagree but I wouldn't do that. Just leave them alone. Engine will wait OR if you do have a wild A/C problem that could strain plain idle but temps should be all wrong and most make some crunching sounds at compressor - not good if so,

T



zigt59
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Jun 29, 2013, 9:47 AM

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The only code was a security warning we added a remote control and programed it, I assume that it was from that.

The air filter was just road dust, so I put a new one on and cleaned the mass air flow sensor also.

I did do a lot of poking and prodding of the wiring and the hoses, nothing yet. I will try water mist and carb cleaner, all the hoses look new. ??

This has only happened at a low idle?? I would expect if it was the fuel filter or pressure that would set a code. At least it did on my other son's ranger.

Do you happen to know what the pressure is supposed to be? I think the next time I run to town I'll get a book for this car and filter.

Thanks


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Jun 29, 2013, 9:52 AM

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448 kPa (65 psi)



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zigt59
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Jun 29, 2013, 9:52 AM

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I have not noticed anything abnormal on the AC yet, the clutch and the PSI is good. I agree with you on the switches, but it was something easy to try.

zigt






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