Question about 2001 Ford Escape
When I first start escape when its cold outside, idles rough, rpm goes past 1000 like it should but drops within seconds to like 500 to 600 rpm's. After ten minutes, runs fine. Bought new EGR Valve and cleaned IAC (idle air control) the best I can. Started it after I cleaned IAC, and the idle was about 1300 rpm's (when cold) and about 800 rpm's (when warm). And I felt more power when driving. But the next day the idle was down again and rough but the power is still there. Help me out please.
To update my earlier repair on the 2001 6 cyl Escape: When cold, and when the ignition was turned over but no accelerator pressure given, the rough idle finally returned the P0303 code again when the check engine light came on indicating that it wasn't caused by the plugs or the coil. FYI, I had replaced the intake manifold gaskets during the original repair and just prior to that I had replaced the fuel filter which was very dirty (I cut it open to see).
The repair manual referred to fuel injectors as a possible problem. I have run three tanks of fuel using different injector cleaning products and am very pleased with the results. Cold starts are much smoother and I am unable to coax out the P0303 code or any other code.
My opinion, change the fuel filter, use a fuel injector cleaner for a couple of tanks, change the plugs if the problem still exists. The coils were not the problem on my vehicle.
Posted on Mar 09, 2009
I had a similar problem about 2 years ago on my 2001. Had the plugs replaced. (no coils). But the problem persisted, rough idle, even dying when cold, but it ran fine when warm. I also had the P0303 come on. Wound up having the intake gasket(s?) replaced and the problem went away completely.
Posted on Mar 09, 2009
Check your ignition coils. If one of your coils is cracked, it will not spark correctly. I have had this problem and replace them as they break. They are about $56.00 each and there are 6 on the 3.0. You can change them out 1 by 1
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
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