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Check Engine Light On, Accompanied by the Gas Cap Warning Light

I recently purchased a 2001 Ford Taurus. As soon as I brought it home, the AC Compressor broke. Shortly after, the Check Engine light came on, as well as the Gas Cap light. I had replaced all of the Motor Mounts (There was Virtually nothing left) in hopes that that might take care of the problem of Shifting from Park to Drive (it would jerk REALLY hard) It took care of the kicking problem, however, I have noticed another problem: When driving at high speeds, the car seems to "kick" a little. When breaking, the engine gives a good kick. And as of today, I have noticed the RPM's slipping out of gear, or not wanting to shift. (At least it feels this way) I am wondering if this is all related to the Gas Cap? I had replaced it, but to no avail. I am wondering if there might be a crack somewhere? A hole? Could there be getting oxygen in the tank? I don't know very much about cars as it is. Thanks in advanced.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "kick". But the gas cap light will not affect the performance of the engine or transmission.
I would recommend having the computer scanned for trouble codes next.
The gas cap light means the computer has found a vac leak in the venting system for the gas tank and it could be allowing fumes into the air. The most common reason is the gas cap has been left off or is not tight. But if you have replaced it the problem is elsewhere in the venting system. The trouble code stored for the check engine light would point a mechanic in the direction of the actual problem.

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Try getting the codes pulled at a car parts shop. Usually the computer will keep it in its history. It sounds like it is an ignition problem. If there is no stored code I would look at things in this order: spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor/coil. If none of these seem to be the problem you may have to take it to a shop. If it was just the start and idle problem I would say it is something with what I said but that high RPM thing seems strange.

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Sounds to me like the timing is off! it COULD be bad gas though! run that tank through, and refill, then see how it feels!

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