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I have a 97 Ford Escort. For the past year it has a hesitation problem. Sounds weird but it mostly happens when I turn a corner and also when I go from 1st to 2nd gear or try to speed up in 3rd or 4th gear. Any help would be appreciated/

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Could be a problem involving a flap of metal inside a rusty muffler. Possibly a loose piece of the catalytic converter. You could tap of shake parts of the exhaust system and listen for rattles. Similarly, it could be a problem with debris in the fuel tank, a loose. broken, or moving fuel pick up, or dirt in the fuel filter. It might even be related to a malfunctioning pcv valve(after market valves sometimes cause more problems than they fix). It sounds like is more motion related then pressure related if it happens on turns and accelerating.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010

  • be111189 Sep 28, 2010

    my sis in law owned the car previous to me and put diesel fuel in it. Her husband removed the fuel tank and drained it. I think the fuel pick up thing you said sounds like what it is. it does it mostly when my car is low on fuel.
    In order to fix that do we need to remove the tank again?

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    David Belcher Sep 28, 2010

    All the openings are on the top of the tank. Some cars may give you access through the trunk (pop out panels). To get proper access to inspect you may have to remove the tank. If you have an expensive broken component , you may be able to pick up a good inexpensive gas tank with everything at a salvage yard.



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