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My 2001 ford escape runs fine when idling but when in drive it wont go over 20 and i have no brakes

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This sounds like you have a major air leak on the engine's Induction manifold. The depression caused assists the braking system by servo assistance. The air leak will also radically decrease the engine performance too. Look under the hood and listen for a loud hissing noise. It could be a broken vacuum pipe or a defective PCV valve. If you locate a problem. repair the offending item and retest the vehicle. Hope this helps..

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