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My 97 escort has been having an issue with the rubber hoses dry rotting and cracking, we have replaced the same hoses 3 times in 4 months and same problem. ford wants us to run a diagnostics to find out what is causing the problem but im hoping to find the answer without spending all that money. some other things about this car... we bought it a year ago this month, and have literally spent more money in repairs than we did in buying the car (sucky deal i know) we have replaced the ENTIRE steering system, the timing belt (twice) the serpentine belt, the battery, had the alternator tested,sparks and wires were changed within the last 3 months, pcv valve is new, radiator cap is (supposedly) new (i am not sure i trust the ppl that say they did that work...) the car is now idling very hard at intersections where we have to slow down, and if i dont put it in neutral (almost before completely stopped) it stalls on me. when i first start going in the morning it hesitates, and acts lilke it doesnt want to accelerate. the check coolant light comes on almost every morning, even tho it is the middle of winter and we fill it with coolant every day. i was told this was due to needing a new cap and that has NOT fixed the problem...the check engine light has been on and no one can give me a definitive answer as to why the light is on. We did get a few breaks, a guy at O'reilley's auto parts was awesome and did a bunch of looking under the hood and gave us a bunch of solutions that worked temporarily... but the main thing that stopped the idling the first time was a hose that he replaced for me, but that was 2 months ago and that hose (a good brand i was told) is already dry rotted and had to be replaced AGAIN. what could be causing the problems???? PLEASE help im so tired of sinking so much money into this car... i feel like im working just to pay for repairs...
I don't want to hurt your feelings-- but that situation may be
be only the third time in the last 35 years-- I would say part with it
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1989 dodge Ramcharger stalls
I assume you have power brakes and I gather that it idles properly at times, but dies when the brakes are applied. This sound like a leaking power brake assist vacuum line or diaphram. You can verify this by locating the big vacuum hose connecting the intake manifold to the assist diaphram. This will be about an inch in diameter connected to the round item behind the brake master cylinder next to the firewall.
Posted on Jun 15, 2008
Your experiencing the same thing my 02 is experiencing- your crankshaft pulley is slipping on the crankshaft. It only does it under load, i.e. turning steering wheel(loads the power steering pump) running heater blower on high with headlights on (loading the alternator) or running the a/c with blower (loading the a/c compressor and alternator). Turning off all lights, blowers, ac, etc and allowing the car to idle should kill the slipping until loaded again. This problem is very serious and very expensive if your don't catch it early. It require repairs ranging from tightening the crank to pulley bolt, to replacing the pulley AND your crankshaft if it is allowed to continue. if you cannot get it serviced immediately then do your best to keep loads off of your belts by driving with the blower off, A/C off, and lights used only when necessary. Also try to avoid extreme tight turns which load your power steering pump. Your repair, if not done asap, will cost you upwards of around $3k since the motor must be removed and completely torn down to replace your crankshaft and pulley. I would seek a tech who will exhaust every other method- i.e. sleeving, welding, etc. to effect a repair. Just don't put it off because it will only get worse...
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
SOURCE: hesitation during acceleration
could be the type of plug you are using.I was told only to use ngk plugs.I recently put bosch plugs in my mazda 3 and the check engine light came on and it started missfiring.
Posted on May 03, 2009
the most common causes are plug wire, plug, vacuum leak at intake, fuel injector failure and last no/low cylinder compressio.
Posted on May 22, 2009
Had a 94 Olds Bravada that did a similar thing and it was EGR valve on the front of the intake. It' s easy to take off and clean with WD 40 and if you have an air compressor blow it out good.
Posted on Jan 24, 2010
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