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98 FORD ESCORT ZX2

My 98 ford escort died driving down the road - acting like outta gas..
We installed new fuel pump, new filter, new pressure regulator switch. Getting gas to plugs but still won't start.i was going down the road and the car looses throttle . Had that Rotten egg smell. It now wont go above 1500 rpms. replaced fuel pump. Cat. converter ok too. When clutch is let out it jerks and jumps then dies.

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    Ashby Jones Mar 07, 2009

    fuel lines are clear.

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Hi, got exactly the same problem! Don't know what the answere is yet.if i disconect the mass air flow meter it goes into emergency settings (limp mode). At least i can then drive it. One of the sensors is not giving out a reading. But don't know which one. I'm thinking might be camshaft sensor, as This won't produce

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Its the sensor problem in the motor that needs to be checked.

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Check there is some clog on the fule line.

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Did you do an ECU code reading to find out if you have error codes stored on your car computer?

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    Ginko Mar 07, 2009

    The information given is quite vague to decide what is the cause for your problem.

    The best thing to do is doing a compression test, a fuel pressure test , and scan car computer module to read error code that can address the problem better.

    The sulfur smell (rotten egg) may indicate a fuel mixture problem, if one of the sensors is bad or the computer is misconfigured, but to find out where the problem is , you need at least to scan the computer with an ODB code reader.

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