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1998 Ford Escort

I have a Ford Esccort that I had the plugs and wires changed about 4 months ago and just changed the fuel filter. It isstuttering and stalling out when I am stopped, and trying to take off. If I push on the gas hard it stalls, but if I go easy on the gas it stutteres ten is OK. PLEASE HELP!!!

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You just need to replace your PCV valve. Unfournately, that is a part only found at a Fordhouse.

Posted on Aug 24, 2008

You just need to replace your PCV valve. Unfournately, that is a part only found at a Fordhouse.

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