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2003 Ford Expedition 5.4

The truck has 127,000 miles. I have gone through several instances of 'Check Engine Lights'. I have replaced two COPs (Coil on Plug) and all of the Boots between the COPs and plugs.
My current problem is a missing or stumbling in the engine. It happens from 1,500 - 2,000 RPM. It is very consistant and occurs every time it is driven. It has even quit on me twice but cranked right back up. When I floor it it runs fine. I have replaced the fuel filter. There are no codes on the computer.

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  • charlene146 May 20, 2009

    I have been having this same issue and had to replace 2 cadelidic converts costing well over $3,000 now 6 months later having the same issue and now it has died and over drive light is flashing. If any one know what to do please HELP!



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This sounds like a performance problem with components that are not bad, this truck needs to be hooked up to a Tech II machine, however due to the cost of this machine usually the dealer is the only guy in town with one, you may be running into a program problem, the only way to see that is with a Tech II tester, be sure to tell the shop everything you have done and make sure they understand your complaint before hooking up.

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