2000 Ford Escort Engine Performance

Tiny
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  • 2000 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 92,700 MILES
I have a question my has a rough idle. And also I noticed that when I hit a pothole it turns off. I got a code and I don't know what it is. Is P1300 its the boost calibration fault and I also had another one that deals with the 1st gear.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 1:43 PM

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Tiny
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Have you checked for vacuum leaks?
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Friday, May 7th, 2010 AT 7:12 AM
Tiny
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Well I found the problem to the potholes. It was a loose wire. But I still have the problem with the boost calibration fault and the first gear problem.I have changed the spark plugs and the wires. And the coil and its still acing up. What does the vacuum leaks have to deal with these problems.
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Monday, May 10th, 2010 AT 6:47 PM
Tiny
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I was questioning the rough idle. Does the vehicle have a turbo? What is the car doing now?
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Monday, May 10th, 2010 AT 9:08 PM
Tiny
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Nope my car doesnt have a boost. Not that I know abouit. It has a rough idle and also when I try to accelerate I kind of hesitates to change from first gear to the other gear. Its an automatic.
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Monday, May 10th, 2010 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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I still say there is a vacuum leak. If the check engine light was on, then I would say it is electrical / sensor.
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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 AT 6:35 AM
Tiny
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The problem is that I dont know where the vacuum leak is. And the check engine light is not on.
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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 AT 5:35 PM
Tiny
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I understand. THey are hard to find. The best I can tell you is to open the hood and start looking. Sometimes with the engine running, you will hear a hissing sound.

Many mechanics will spray the vacuum hoses and around the intake with carb cleaner or starting fluid. If there is a leak, the engine will rev. The only concern is the chance of fire. If the spray hits an area that is hot enough, it will cause a fire, so you have to be careful and keep a fire extinguisher near by that is designed to put out grease / oil / fuel fires.

I know it doesn't sound fun, but that is what most do.
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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 AT 9:36 PM
Tiny
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Yeah its hard to find. But I can hear the hissing noise. My dad was waiting for the check engine light to turn on. Does it turn on with this problem. It still has warranty I was wondering if the ford agency can find this problem if I take it to them? If I cant find it.
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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 AT 6:15 PM
Tiny
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The light could under certain conditions. However, if you hear a hissing sound, that is half the battle. With the engine cold, start it and spray some carb cleaner in the area of the noise. If the engine revs up, you found the leak. It is just a matter of locating the specific hose.

NOTE: Carb cleaner is flamable. Be careful when doing this. If could cause a fire. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher near by for oil fires and avoid spraying directly onto extremely hot engine parts such as an exhaust manifold.

Let me know what you find. And yes, I feel the dealer could find the problem.

Joe
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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 AT 1:38 PM

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