2000 Ford Contour stalling/hesitation

Tiny
JMASS7491
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  • 2000 FORD CONTOUR
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 61,000 MILES
The car when we first got it would stall when the gas tank would get below 1/4 tank. Briefly pull off the side of the road. Give It a minute, start right back up and go.
Recently now the car seems to hesitate when above 60 mph with or without a/c. This Is new.
I changed fuel filter just last week, thinking it was partially blocked etc. Filter seemed ok, changed it anyway
Ive read alot of feeds of the same issue.
most never really getting the problem resolved, looking for solution to resolve. This is my daughters car which is new driver. The car has been in the family owned by her grandmother who hardly drove it, but she always completed the maintenance when needed.
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Monday, September 1st, 2014 AT 4:46 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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There's two things to look at. The first is a common problem on Fords. A rubber hose for the fuel pickup in the tank dry-rots and will allow air to be sucked up instead of fuel. When the fuel level is over 1/4 tank, fuel is drawn in through that leaking hose so the engine runs fine. The common factor in this complaint is it happens at 1/4 tank.

The second issue is a collapsing pickup screen in the gas tank. This is not related to fuel level. It is related to distance traveled. The further you go, the more likely the problem is to occur. Stopping the engine for ten to fifteen minutes allows the screen to open up again, then you can go another few miles.
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Monday, September 1st, 2014 AT 5:54 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply,
something new has been discovered. It seems now that engine just shuts down after running for awhile. No warning. Takes a few minutes of doing nothing starts back up. Continues to do this frequently as the wife quoted 17 times,
embellished a bit im sure.
She said would start right back up but would cut right back off. She did state
the only way she noticed the engine shut off was from the check engine light came on. Before it would sputter and hesitate, now just shuts down.
Ive noted to check and replace the two items stated earlier, but im just checking to make sure there isnt anything else to look for?
Thanks again jim
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Monday, September 29th, 2014 AT 4:53 AM
Tiny
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From your description, there's two things to consider. First, when an engine stalls suddenly, and won't restart for up to about an hour, it's usually due to the crankshaft position sensor or the camshaft position sensor. They often fail by becoming heat-sensitive, then they work again once they cool down.

Since the Check Engine light turned on, there should be a diagnostic fault code stored in the Engine Computer. That is assuming the light didn't just turn on because the engine wasn't running. Fault codes will indicate the circuit or system that needs further diagnosis. Many auto parts stores will read the codes for you for free. Only Chrysler makes it possible to read them yourself, but you still have to come here to look up the code descriptions.
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Monday, September 29th, 2014 AT 9:04 PM

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