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Will a 4cyl engine bolt up to a 6cyl transmission all wheel drive in a 2003 ford escape? Also, will the flywheel bolt to the 4cyl crankshaft?

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The 2003 Ford Escape came with 3 different engine selections in North America:
2.0 L Zetec I4
2.3 L Duratec 23 I4
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6[4]

Both 4 Cylinder Engines were mounted to a 5-speed manual transmission called the G5M.

The 6 Cylinder Engines were mounted to a 4-Speed CD4E Automatic transmission with a planetary 2nd gear to enable all-wheel drive.

To bolt the 4cyl to the 4speed auto would require the flywheel from the 6cyl engine, the necessary wiring to communicate from the engine to the trans. Then you run into issues of the 4cyl not being able to produce the power to efficiently operate 2 gear awd of the suv.

The only way to possible know if the flywheel to bolt to the crank would be to visually inspect through pictures of both engines cranks and flywheels mounted on them, or to actually try and fit the flywheel.

Most likely the flywheel will be able to bolt onto the crank, but this is a trial and error run I think.

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The transmission may be the same . But i doubt the flywheel is the same.

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SOURCE: removal of rear brake drum 2002 ford escape

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SOURCE: hard up and down-shifting into 2nd gear - manual transmission

I have a Focus that had shifting problems. I tried different fluids, but eventually I tried Royal Purple Synchromax (I believe) and it actually shifts fairly well now. I used to hate the car for this. It has 130k miles and I like driving it now.

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SOURCE: 2003 ford escape. 75,000 miles on it. Sputters

What engine do you have?
I have a 2002 Escape with 3.0 V6. It sounds like the ignition is getting damp and the engine is misfiring. If the CEL is flashing, you really shouldn't be driving it. Check the owners manual, but you could damage the engine.
Anyway, go to an Autozone or other parts store. Many will scan your engine for the DTC code for free. This code will give you a clue.
My code was for a for a cylinder misfire. I was close to 100,000 miles, so I replaced the plugs first, then the one coil. It was the coil.

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SOURCE: Ford Escape 2003. Engine suddenly overheat.

Engine over heating can be caused by a number of things. When you say the water pump and radiator appear to be ok I am also guessing that you checked the coolant level to make sure it is normal.

If the level is low then you obviously have a leak. Insufficient coolant circulating will not cool the motor properly because it won't be able to draw enough heat out. If the level is normal then you need to check the thermostat to make sure it is opening properly. To do this, run the motor to temperature and check the top and bottom hoses. They should both be hot and firrm once the thermostat opens meaning the circulation loop is operating properly. If the top is hot and firm and the bottom is cold/soft or collapsed then the thermostat isn't opening.

If the thermostat is operating properly then you ned to look for some other obstruction or cause for coolant loss. Check the head/intake gaskets, hose connections, hoses, over flow tank, radiator fins, radiator side tanks etc..

Good luck.

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