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1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Stalling.........

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by curlytopkristi, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. curlytopkristi

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    Hi! We've just recently bought a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2 for my teenage daughter, what start out as a little miss and stall, has turned into the car stalling whenever you start it up and whenever you come to a stop and accelerate. Can you guys help us? We have no clue whats wrong or how to fix it?
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    Did you try basic stuff like plugs wires maybe a new air filter. Maybe the coil is starting to go bad.
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    We've just recently checked the pvc values

    Its still stalling esp. when you first start it up....please help us we have no clue and are about to kill each other b/c we are so annoyed
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    throttle position sensor? I really don't know honestly... But for a mystery problem, don't you want to buy a diagnostic decoder & plug it in? Or find someone at a shop that can do that real quick for you. They sell tham at all the auto parts stores, Sears, etc...
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    Our Mechanic says its the cam sensor...could that be it?
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    It could be the cam sensor, it could also be a massive vaccum leak. The elbow in the PCV system often gets a hole in it. There is another elbow at the back of the intake manni as well. There may be an experienced tuner near where you live that can help. What city/state do you live in? I just drove 2.5 hours to fix a fellow tuners car a couple days ago. All I asked for is gas money.

    The stalling can also be caused by poor fuel pressure. That can be related to someting as expensive as the pump, or something as cheap as the fuel filter. The idle air control valve (IAC) could also be dirty or responding slow. There may also be a short in the spark plug wires or worn plugs. In our waste-spark system, if you lose one spark plug/wire, you lose two.
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    We live in Detriot Metro Area in Michigan

    Here are our specs:
    New TPS
    Cleaned MAF (Replaced w/ new but no diff so took it back)
    New Cam Sensor
    Fuel Injector Cleaner Used Twice (It seems to help but only for awhile)
    New Timing Belt
    New Tensioner
    New Serptine Belt

    Autozone keeps saying its cam sensor (second new cam sensor thought first might be bad)

    Car runs good (going down road) except on startup and when you stop it stalls. When you restart it'll stall a few times. Once you get it running, it drives good on accelleration. New problem- Going down road at 40, it'll surge. Put throttle body cleaner in. Surging gone but still stalling when you stop everytime or when slowing way down.

    Going to put new plugs and wires on it tom., do you think it could be fuel pump? Or maybe an IAC Value- but does it have one? Autozone says no.

    Thankyou and Please Help Us!!!!
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    Is the code it throws a P1381? That is indication of either a mistimed engine (you mentioned the timing belt had been done) or failing VCT. I've also seen this happen to a car where the plug for the VCT solenoid wasn't seated properly and therefore the VCT wouldn't operate. The VCT plug is right next to the timing belt. It is the only two wire plug on top of the valve cover. See if you can pull it off without pushing the clip in. Push it down to see if it clicks at all indicating it wasn't seated.
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    After four months of irritation, 3 car shops, over $2000 in dues. Found out it was bad timing ( it was correct on top but not bottom) and the 3 grages went on faulty info therefore not checking it. Until today when my current mechanic got so fed up he started the car iqusition from sratch and found it right away. Iyeash.
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