Question about 1998 Ford Escort

2 Answers

98 Ford Fiesta Encore engine cut out & lagging acceleration

Hi guys,
I have a 98 Ford Fiesta Encore which I have been recently experiencing power loss and a problem with acceleration. To begin with the engine would cut out whilst idling along or stationary and would shut down without the usual juddering and noise that accompanies a stall - fortunately I was able to restart the ngine very quickly after since the battery was fully charged only recently. The problem became worse when I would be driving along and I would hit a kind of 'dead spot' whilst accelerating, followed by a sudden surge of power as the car suddenly responded.

One temporary solution was when my father disconnected the battery for a spell in order to reset the 'computer' and this seemed to sort the problem right out - no cutting out, no dead spots, but this lasted only a week or so, before the problem crept back in. The car passed its M.O.T only a couple of months ago, so it's a fairly new problem.

Could it be the idle speed control valve needing replacing perhaps? This would seem to account for the cutting out, but would it explain the dead spots?

Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated - I'm well aware the car has seen better days, but if there's any way I could keep it ticking over for a ittle longer, I'd be a very happy bunny!



Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

It could be your mass air flow sensor reason being if to much air is getting into the engine then it's going to compensate with fuel, which in result will flood your engine which will cause the dead spots the a blast of power. Your mass air flow should be running between 2 and 4 volts when pressing throttle the volts don't raise close 2 4 volts then that's the issue. Quick fix could be to get some electrical cleaner and clean the sensor it's connect to your air box it has to plugs connected to it.

Posted on Feb 05, 2013

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 130 Answers

Well it sounds like its time to change the timing belt.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Ford fiesta engine not starting

On most cars today if you step on the pedal you change the t.p.s..throttle position switch.and cause the computer to get a wrong reading.

Oct 31, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

I have a R reg Ford Fiesta 1.3 Encore and ever

It sounds very likely to be the ICV

Jun 18, 2010 | 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Where will i find the temperature sender unit on my fiesta encore 1.3 1999 model

The one that does the cold start is in the thermostat housing, follow the top rad hose to the engine, where it meets the engine the sensor is very close to that.

Nov 21, 2009 | 2000 Ford Focus

1 Answer

Fiesta running lumpy

try running redex through the system then change the fuel filter to rule out a blocked line

May 19, 2009 | 2000 Ford Expedition

1 Answer

Ford Fiesta Encore 1996, 1.3. brake problem

if the pedal is verry hard to push then you have lost vacum to the brake booster or the booster has gone bad.

May 05, 2009 | Ford F Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Over revving when clutch is pressed

it sounds like you throttle cable might be sticking a little bit

Nov 13, 2008 | Ford Fusion Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Ford Fiesta - Model Encore

this could just be a fuse check them first

Sep 06, 2008 | 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

Engine system failure

When you are cruising, what is the RPM, if it is too low can cause failure.

Jul 07, 2008 | Ford Festiva Cars & Trucks

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Ford Escort Logo

667 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

76846 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5546 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides