I'm driving a 1997 Ford Escort, with about 55,000 miles (Rebuilt Engine, 2.0L Inline 4). The problem started about two months ago. Whenever I'd be stopped, or off the throttle, coasting slowly, I would get back into the gas, and the car would start shuttering really bad, and attempt to die. The only way to get it to move would be to put the petal to the metal. This kept it from dieing, and was the only way to gain any sort of speed, because the power just went away completely. The shuttering would only last a second or two, and then disappear. My "Service Engine Soon" light came on, and I immediately took it to the nearest Autozone. I had them run a diagnostic, and it told me my Cylinder 4 was misfiring. So, naturally, I replaced the spark plugs, and continued driving it. It would be fine for a week or so, and then start the problem once more. After that, I changed the spark plug wires, and continued driving. Once again, a week or so went by before any problems. At this point, I changed the Ignition Coil. It ran GREAT for about two days before it persisted. Finally, getting fed up with it, I dropped it off at a local shop. The mechanic put about 40 miles on it, without any problem, so he decided to replace the fuel filter, thinking it might be clogged (the only reason I agreed to it was because it needed to be done anyway). So, after the mechanic replaced the Fuel Filter and Oil Switch (which was leaking), I took it out for a spin. At that point, it died, completely. I parked it, and tried to start it. Nothing. The Engine was making very sad attempts at turning over, and when I could get it started, it sounded like only one of my cylinders (Probably cylinder 4) wasn't firing at all, and it made a horrible clicking noise. I had it towed to a different shop, and it's sitting there, now. So, I was just wondering if you guys had any ideas that I could pass on to those mechanics? Thanks for any help you can give me!
have the same problem?
Sunday, November 4th, 2007 AT 12:32 AM