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Ihave a 2003 escape no power when passing.

I have a 2003 ford escape, V6 3.0 that has no power when i try to pass another car . The transmission kicks down but the RPM only goes to about 4000 and no higher and then the mile per hour starts to drop off unless i let up on the accelerator so it will shift.I have just had a tranny flush at the dealer, and it didn't make any differance,there are no check engine lights on .Don't know what it could be ? Has anyone else had this problem ? THANKS

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  • kkahren Mar 14, 2009

    I had the same problem, I changed the catalytic converter and the problem was fixed. The converter was clogged.


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Catalytic converter problems seem to be fairly common with the earlier 3.0L V6 engines in Escapes. I had the RR manifold cat fail on my 2003 Escape, and since the OBD considers it a soft code, it didn't set off the "check engine" light right away, so I wouldn't rule it out. Note that cats don't fail on their own - usually it's due to an ignition issue resulting in unburnt gasoline entering the cat and burning off inside of it, melting the catalyst and plugging it up. The most common cause is a failing ignition coil or bad plug on one or more of the cylinders (poor spark = unburnt fuel).

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Maybe the engine can't breathe...check the air filter!

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