2005 Ford Escape It feels like my truck is having a seizure

Tiny
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  • 2005 FORD ESCAPE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
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  • 89,000 MILES
My 2005, high mile Escape has been idling very hard for the past few weeks. Like up around 1 1/2 RPM's sitting still. The faster I drive the more and harder it shakes. Now. We had a "blizzard" the weekend before Christmas. It ran fine on my way to work (nurses have to go to work) I filled it up with gas on my way on Saturday morning and didn't move it until Sunday night to come home. Driving up hill the sucker stalled out and my gas hand dropped to empty. The car quickly restarted so I went to the gas station, put in $3 of gas and the pump shut off. So it was full. I noticed then that there was a burning like smell but didn't see any smoke. 8 miles later the fuel hand was fine. Now for a week the car runs ok. Still shaking and stuff. I take it to the sho and get an oil change and fuel injectors cleaned and a fuel system flush. Three days later, driving in heavy rain. The car would not go more than 20 mph with the accelerator pressed to the floor. Then it suddenly spirts up to 40mph. And it shakes really bad.
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Monday, December 28th, 2009 AT 8:00 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Yah, EMT's have to go to work also.

Anyway, have you had the plugs checked or replace?

Is engine light on?

The high idle could be a vacuum leak.

The no go with pedal to floor could be Clugged Fuel Filter.

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Monday, December 28th, 2009 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
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Well I ended up taking it to a mechanic that came very highly recommended. $350 later, the car still is not right, the mechanic says its the computer and electrical system. Now this is AFTER he replaced the fuel pump and a coil. I think I will call him and ask him if he checked the spark plugs and such. Thanks. Any other advice is very welcome. In the mean time I learned to drive a stick shift lol. But that won't do much good in the snow
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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 AT 9:24 PM
Tiny
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Ok, is or was the engine light on if it was were codes read if so do you have them and if so post them I will be better able to help. With that year just about anything that goes wrong with the engine and the transmission will turn the engine light on.

Also, have the plug boots checked, if they are cracked or damaged they can cause your problem and since it does get worse during wet weather that is a possibility.

There are just so many things that can cause your problem.

Plugs, wires, coil, vacuum leaks, egr valve, bad engine mounts, low or no cylinder compression, valves, so as you can see if the engine light is on or was on the code will help track down the problem.

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Monday, January 4th, 2010 AT 9:02 PM

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