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My ford escort keeps chugging and stalling while i am driving it. I am due to go on holiday soon and want to know if this is a problem i can fix easily, or if it will cost a lot. Thanks. Its a p reg and 1.6.

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  • Majx Jun 18, 2008

    Hey, its at all engine temperatures, seems to be all throttle positions and there is no smoke.

  • Steven Adams
    Steven Adams May 11, 2010


    Ok, I was afraid you would say that!! That means more questions I'm afraid!!

    Does the car feel like its not running on all 4 cylinders? Like maybe two for instance? It would sound like a tractor? I ask this because you use the word CHUGGING.

    If so then pull one of the plug leads off the EDIS unit or spark plug then start the car. If it starts and runs exactly the same as it has been doing then make a note of which cylinder the lead you pulled goes to and then refit it. Do this for all 4 leads.

    If both cylinders 1 and 4 are misfiring, OR both cylinders 2 and 3, then the EDIS unit will need attention.

    If you have only one misfire, a different combination to the above, or no misfires, then we shall move on.



  • Steven Adams
    Steven Adams May 11, 2010

    Hi, Majx

    I wonder if you could just clear a couple of points up for me before I assess your little problem...

    Is this at all engine temperatures, only with a cold engine, or only with a hot engine?

    Does it happen only at light throttle, only under acceleration, or at all throttle positions?

    And finally...

    Is there any smoke, and if so, what colour?

    Very best regards




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