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1996 Ford Explorer engine sputters

Explorer will start and run great for a while then it starts to sputter, will clear up and then start all over again, Replaced fuel pump awhile back and it ran great now this has started

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  • carolwalker6 Feb 05, 2009

    Check engine light is on was told o2 sensor

  • RodeoCowgirl Feb 07, 2009

    This was happening to my 96 Escort too. Drove fine to work one , then got in to go home later and and it threw a rod and made a horrible knocking noise. This happened a couple months after the sputtering started. I hear the rod is a common problem with this year/model from what I've read online. I haven't had the money to fix it yet, so not sure if there were additional problems, though I read one blog from another Escort owner who described exactly what happened to mine.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    need the exact code

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what system trouble codes do u have?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Replaced clogged fuel filter about a month ago. Van ran great.Now it turns over but will not start.

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After you replaced the fuel pump did you replace the fuel filter also check out the EGR valve and all vacuum lines especially the one behind the throttle body

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