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2003 escape idling to high, exhaust pipes turning orange red, not cataylic

My 2003ford escape is idling too high, it's turning my exhaust pipes orange red under the motor, checked the catalytic converter but the converter is not causing it, any ideas what it may be?

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  • whitewolf108 Sep 30, 2008

    Thank you for responding. No, my Escape isn't a diesel,It's gas.I believe it is 3.6 or 3.8 engine.It has fuel injected on it.No, there was not any changed or done to the engine. We checked the catalytic converter and know it wasn't the problem. The fuel regulator was changed also and that wasn't it either.

  • whitewolf108 Sep 30, 2008

    Thank you for offering your help. What is happening is my engine is running very fast and the exhaust pipes are turning orange red under the engine. The engine is very hot as well as the exhaust coming out of it, I don't mean reg. hot, I mean hot enough to litterly burn you. We checked the catalytic converter and changed the fuel regulator to no avale . It was put on a machine also and it is not throwing a code. We are running out of ideas about what could be wrong.

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Your escape is a 3.0L duratec motor. Is the motor itself overheating or just the pipes? The high idle is often related to a dirty Idle Air Control module or IAC, which is located on the top of the motor near the throttle body. If you clean this, or replace it, after a few days the high idle is often times solved.

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Hi Whitewolf108,

Is your vehicle a turbo diesel? or if it's petrol, again does it have a turbo?.... The turbo can often cause the effect that your explaining, regarding the orange glow from the exhaust manifold.... To give any more advice, I'll need more info from you....Example: do you live at a high altitude?.....The type of engine?....Any modifications bolted on?.... When did the idling become too high, was anything done to the carburation around that time?

Regards Johngee10

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

  • Hi Whitewolf108,

    My first words are an apology for the long delay in replying.... I'm having a very big problem in connecting to the Internet....

    I agree that the best solution, is the one from our un-named guest....The throttle body can often cause the high idle problem.... the overheated exhaust gases may be a different story altogether..... Have another scan carried out and look at the air flow sensor.... It would seem to me that the combustion is burning too hot and that would mean a very weak mixture..... Are you getting an unbelievable consumption from your vehicle?... that would be an indicator..... If the answer is yes, have the oxygen and lambda sensor checked....

    best regards Johngee10








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