2002 Ford Escort car dosent want to go over 20mph

Tiny
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2002 Ford Escort 4 cyl

my car drives fine for about 20 minutes then dosent want to go over 20mph and makes a thumping sound in the engine and seems like it sucks up alot of fuel and when I take my foot of the accelorator it just comes to a quick stop whats the problem
Ronnie.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 10:20 PM

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Tiny
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Could be the catalytic converter clogged-up -check the exhaust system for restriction by doing a backpressure test
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 10:28 AM
Tiny
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Thanks ill try that
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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If it is a clogged catalytic converter would there be smoke comming from the exhaust because there isnt it mostly smokes from the engine?
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 1:17 PM
Tiny
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Check the exhaust system for restriction disconnect the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold and see what happens and then comeback with some results
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
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I went to a general Micanic and got a new catalitic converter he said I needed one and I drove it home and it seemed like it was driving worst then ever do you think I need to talk it to a muffler shop or whats my next step it was smoking like crazy a sweet smell and stinking up the naborhood still didnt want to go over 20mph and making a thumping in the engine. Thanks Ronnie
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 AT 6:31 PM
Tiny
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Check all the cylinders if it has water/coolant -you sounded as coolant is burning in the combustion chamber-sweet smell
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 AT 7:39 PM
Tiny
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The smell I think is trasmission fluid from reving the engine to hard to get up to speed
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 AT 2:19 AM
Tiny
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Your probably right it probably is coolant but still what is going on why isnt it driving well what can do now?
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 AT 2:48 AM
Tiny
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If its leaking its causing the transmission to slip due to low fluid-get it fix
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 AT 3:37 AM

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