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99 ford escort se gets no power and stutters.

When i start my car it will start fine. but when i press the gas to go must of the time it stutters and doesnt want to go. I can push the gas pedal down all the way and go nowhere sometimes. Also if i am driving on the interstate when i get up to about 50 to 55 mph the car will **** pretty hard sometimes. I have replaced the fuel filter and that did not help. Any information on what it could be would be helpful.

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  • jd2126 Feb 09, 2009

    it doesnt seem to be a missfire. My dad looked at checked all my spark plugs and they appear to be fine. Also the check engine light is not on. I can give it gas and it will act like it doesnt want to accelerate and then usually if i just keep pushing the accelerator it will pick up speed. It seems to be the worse when i start it up and go at slow speeds it will **** when i try to give it gas and i have to ease up for it to stop jerking. It seems to also do it around 50 mph. Once i get on the interstate and get up to abput 65 -70 it seems to run fine. but once i get off and have to stop it returns to having the same problems.

  • Michael Gutwein May 11, 2010

    this studdering, is it like a missfire? also do you have any engine lights on and if so take it to get a code. it will help you diagnois the problem.

    Or is it like a drivetrain problem? like: if you give it gas and the engine revs but doesnt go anyfaster. car feels smooth running but wont accelerate.

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  • jd2126 Oct 12, 2013

    My issue ended up being the timing belt.



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When was the last time the timing belt was replaced on it? The cam timing may be retarded back from belt stretch creating this problem. Another thing to check out is if your catalytic converter may be partially plugged up.

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Try looking into a vacuum leak. I had a 99 Escort ZX2 that had a bad PCV valve hose and it was doing the same thing. Replaced hose for $20 and ran perfect.

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