Intermittent engine cough when taking off - also gas escaping ?
My 2008 Ford Escort (last of breed before the Focus) has developed an intermittent 'cough' when I go to take off or accelerate in second, and sometimes third gears. Also an occasional roaring as if from a faulty exhaust can be heard which rapidly disappears when further speed is gained. Overall performance doesn't seem to be below par. New four point plugs were recently fitted in an effort to solve the problem. No go. Engine seems to idle normally. Any sound advice appreciated.
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Vehicle returned from major service at garage. Suspected possible overfilling of oil in sump. Checked and found too much. Drained roughly half a pint out to lower level (to top point on dip stick) then cleaned sooted plugs and haven't had the problem since.
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Sometimes the starter switch solonoid on the right side fender wall works intermittent. Very easy to replace and does not cost very much --- has two poles that supply voltage to starter and one small pole that supplies voltage from the key when energized --- when voltage from key is supplied the solonoid snaps closed supplying voltage to starter to start the engine-- most autopart companies will sell a generic brand for less than 20 dollars. Otherwise it may be in the steering Column. to test this you will need test light to determine that everytime to turn the key power goes over to that original solonoid -- if not it may be in the steering Column
Can\'t really help you with the no start problem without more information, but would advise you to stop using starting fluid right away. Starting fluid is hard on Diesel engines but they are made for much higher compression so will usually survive intermittent use of starting fluid. Gas engines just plain can\'t handle the much higher than normal compression that starting fluid produces which will destroy valves, piston rings, connecting rods, starters, ring gears on the transmission and head gaskets in short order. If you don\'t want to have to completely rebuild your gas engine don\'t use starting fluid on it ever!
Intermittent problems like yours are the hardest to diagnose. But if it is getting more frequent, at least, may be easier to find. I would start with a fuel pressure check, eliminate as many possibilities as possible. New fuel filter? Maybe a sensor when warmed up is ...well, that would probably register a trouble code. Just fishing, here, but it just possibly could be an ignition problem when warmed up will start mis-behaving- like a bad coil, or ignition module. Good luck.
Hello, The wipers are intermittent until you get to the last 2 positions,steady low and steady high. So for testing purposes you would need to turn the selector to those positions for steady power.
Here is a method for fixing the contacts on certain wiper stalks. It is a photo by photo guide for repair. I know you have a car, but these photos are good reference. Otherwise you will need to replace the entire stalk switch.
Go to FordF150.net/How to/Fix-Intermittent-Wiper-Problem-PHP
I hope my solution is very helpful towards fixing your car.