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My 98 escort zx2 hesitates from time to time engine light on. completely shut down one day but started right back up. i did change the fuel filter but no change. what could it be?

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There is a safety device in the fuel line designed to shut off the fuel in the event of a crash or rollover. When they get too old or bad electrical connection to device they think the vehicle is damaged and shut off the fuel this is why it only happens sometimes. Im not sure where the roll over valve is in your vehicle but most are found in the trunk in a corner protected from luggage

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Had the same problem on 09 Merc Mariner. Bad electrical connector on MAP. New connector fixed problem.

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