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Ford Escape will barely move when put in gear. (D or R) Floored to get to 10 MPH

My brother has an 02 (maybe o3) Ford escape. It starts fine. Then it idles rough and reaks of gas. (no visible leaking). When he puts in gear, it just barely moves. He has to floor it to get to about 10 MPH. It's not the transmission. It engages and the RPM's don't rev up out of control, they stay low. Just won't accelerate at all. I've heard TPM sensor. I've also heard Catalytic converter. Any ideas?

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  • Lewis Grim
    Lewis Grim Dec 29, 2013

    Not that. He ran a code reader and came back the front 3 ignition coils were faulty. We're trying to decide right now if it's the coils themselves or maybe something to do with the wires going to them. Just strange that all 3 front coils fail at exactly the same time.

  • jagornot Dec 30, 2013

    Yeh, three coils don't go bad. Check the wiring

  • Lewis Grim
    Lewis Grim Dec 30, 2013

    Do you know where I can get a wiring diagram? All 3 must connect to the PCM together? for all 3 to go out simultaneously.

  • jagornot Dec 31, 2013

    Let me check, I will get back to you.

  • jagornot Dec 31, 2013

    There are so many things to check before thinking about the wiring. There must be some trouble codes that are up that you need to send me, so that I have somewhere to send you in the right direction. I just looked in my diagnostic program and there are plenty of mind boggling things I could tell you but it would be easier if I had a direction to look. The first thing I could tell you to do is to pull one of the suspected "bad" coils out and turn the engine over to see if it sparks outside of the engine ( leave it connected ) this would tell if I'm right about the coils being bag. Coils rarely go bad let alone three of them

  • Lewis Grim
    Lewis Grim Dec 31, 2013

    I wasn't there when he pulled the error codes. All I was told was the front 3 coils were "out" or "bad". He had a 3rd guy do it with his reader. Didn't tell me the codes. I'll ask him to try doing what you said.

  • jagornot Dec 31, 2013

    It will be much easier to fix with some codes



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If it smells of raw fuel look for a shorted injector dumping fuel into the engine

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SOURCE: 2003 escape idling to high, exhaust pipes turning orange red, not cataylic

Your escape is a 3.0L duratec motor. Is the motor itself overheating or just the pipes? The high idle is often related to a dirty Idle Air Control module or IAC, which is located on the top of the motor near the throttle body. If you clean this, or replace it, after a few days the high idle is often times solved.

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SOURCE: is it true that ford escape's catalytic converter

no a dealer is not the only place that replaces these; you can do it yourself and there should be 2 of them. most of them are replaced with aftermarket ones. go to a muffler shop and they will replace them for you and you can check at an Autozone or Napa for the catalytic converters

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SOURCE: Catalytic converter shot

3 front coils? Ignition coils? If the engine had a miss for a long time the excess fuel can ruin a catalytic converter.

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SOURCE: 2005 Ford Escape, blinking O/D light, etc.

You may be losing the speedo cable. Others have reported the light flashing related to this. You may also want to check tranny oil condition (color should be clear red, and smell should not have a burnt smell to it)...

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Escape Won't Idle

well it could be idle control valve but i would check for vacuum leaks first see if any hose fell off but could be egr valve stuck open hope this leads you some where

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