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Engine shutters and hesitates on my 2004 4.2l ford freestar

I believe its the ignition coil

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  • revroadrnr Feb 19, 2009

    while driving, hot or cold, the engine hesitates. RPM's don't drop and it only does it every now and again. After it hesitates, it goes on like there is no problem.

  • Nathan Green May 11, 2010

    Need a little more than that is it when its cool or hot. Does your rpms increase and decrease at idle etc....



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Check exhaust compression. Remove O2 sensor before the cataylatic converter and see if the hestiation stops. If it improves then the cats are cloged.

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1. Disconnect the negative battery cable;

2. Remove windshield wiper arms (you might need a cheap puller to get the arms off the spindles), marking the windshield with tape to help you reposition the wiper arms;
3. Remove the trim screws from the upper cowling and remove the cowling;
4. Remove a bunch of screws from the lower cowling, taking care not to remove the screws holding the wiper motor onto the lower cowling;
5. Remove the lower cowling with the wiper motor attached;
6. There is a large black piece on the passenger side of the car that covers up a big part of the engine. There are three screws that if you loosen you'll be able to remove this part;
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