Just bought (from an admittedly dodgy dealer) a 1996 "N" reg Ford Escort Cabaret, 85000 on the clock.
Was fine for the 1st 3 days of owning it, but since doing some excessive mileage, its developed an intermitten fault whereby all of a sudden I can press the throttle but it won't accelerate, and instead will buck and jolt along - almost feels like a blockage in the fuel line.
Most recently (i.E. Last night) I was driving on a UK motorway and when I pushed on the throttle there was very little power behind it at all - didn't behave like a normal 1.6 engine!
I can only describe it felit like wind-resistance, but not a windy day, so not sure what it was. Again, severe bucking and stalling at high and low speeds and when I put the car in neutral before shutting off the engine I noticed the idling revs were surging and dropping quite severely. However, left the car overnight and switched on the engine this morning and it was sweet as a nut!
I'm guessing the intermittent fault has been around for a while as recently the car has had a new fuel pipe (front to back) Lambda sensor tested, idle valve replaced, and next exhaust sections throughout the underside.
Any ideas whats going on? I'm really getting worried!
have the same problem?
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 AT 7:58 AM