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While driving , the motor skips a cuple beats & all the gauges peg way over to max ! then bounce back !

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  • terry sawyer Apr 12, 2011

    new battery term, new battery, alt , all new ! neg cable to top of motor new ! found 2 ground cables from motor to firewall, cleaned & replaced ! would it show up on a diagnostic analysis mach ? while driving ?

  • terry sawyer Apr 12, 2011

    no codes indicated or recorded ! ive scanned for EEC ! runs smooth when not in glitch mode ! no misfires cannot be herd or felt . it happened just sitting still here in drive way !

  • terry sawyer Apr 12, 2011

    no !


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Is the check engine light on? Is it misfiring? If the DTC codes from an EEC test, free from Autozone, it could be COPs, coils on spark plugs. The check engine light will usually falsh n and off indicating raw, unberuned fue getting into catalytic converters. They will overheat and destroy themselves and they are part of exahust manifold. Very expensive. ad COPs can take out the PCM, engine computer.

If CEL light is on or flashing, get codes read first.

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  • gerry bissi Apr 12, 2011

    The mising engine grounds can cause all kinds of weird problems, so good you found them off. You can always add a new ground from the frame to the engine just for insurance. No codes tells me it's a base engine issue, not an electronci engine control issue. It could be spark or fuel related. Has it pegged the gages since you fixed the grounds? I will check for TSBs for your issue too.
    Pay close attention to symtoms, rainy, or not, cold engine or hot, high humidity or not, etc.

  • gerry bissi Apr 12, 2011

    Need your email address to send a TSB that might apply. It's for 201-02 but may apply to 2003. Wat engine do you have, 4cyl or 6 cyl?

    Ask the customer if they have significant weight (approximately 9 oz or more) hanging from the key ring while the keys are in the ignition. If they do, and the engine quits while traveling over bumps, the key ring may move the ignition cylinder out of the Run position and stop the engine. When this occurs, all gauges immediately shut off (fuel reads "E", tachometer goes to zero, speedometer goes to zero immediately). It is recommended that the customer attach fewer keys to the key ring that retains the vehicle ignition key. Proceed to Step 8.
    Road the test vehicle long enough to experience 3 closed throttle decelerations from approximately 40 mph down to 10 mph. Use scan tool to examine engine RPM during test. Ensure there are no engine RPM dips below 680 RPM.

  • gerry bissi Apr 12, 2011

    This is just a part of the TSB.

    FORD: 2001 2002 ESCAPE

    Some vehicles equipped with the 3.0L Duratec engine may exhibit an intermittent engine quit condition. This is usually a one time event during closed throttle deceleration with no Diagnostic Trouble Codes DTCs and no Malfunction Indicator Lamp MIL. The engine will restart immediately.

    When normal diagnostics cannot pinpoint the root cause, refer to the following Driveability Checklist for details.

    With the transmission in Park, the engine should be at idle at approximately 750 RPM, and the engine temperature should be at least 190 F. All accessories and the engine cooling fan should be off. Using only WDS version B17.1 or later, verify that Idle Air Control IAC duty cycle is between 32 to 40 per cent with no purge flow. If IAC duty cycle is within specification, then proceed to Step 2 now. If IAC duty cycle is out of specification, replace IAC with part YF1Z-9F715-AA. Verify that IAC duty cycle is between 32 40 with no purge flow. If IAC duty cycle is within specification after replacing with a new IAC, then proceed to Step 2 now. If IAC duty cycle is still out of specification, replace throttle body with part YL8Z-9E926-DA. Verify corrective action, then proceed to Step 2.


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You have an intermittant electrical connection to the ignition,or if this occurs especially on bumpy roads it can be about anywhere in an electrical system,start first, at a stand still try wiggling the ignition key(up&down) ,a little bit,as not to shut the vehicle off,but to see if possibly there can be a bad connection/contact internally inside this key switch,also grounds on the body have been known to cause high resistance connections and when you hit bumps they make & break connections also,this could be a very hard one to find,especially if it happens very sparodically

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