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Car hesitates and fuel gauge

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  1. aleks

    aleks FEOA Member

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    I am having problems with my 1997 2.0L Escort (Manual transmission) after a mishap and a lot of replacement of sensors, and plastic and rubber parts. When I thought I was almost done I ran into a few problems. I still need to connect an oxygen sensor (Bank 1, Sensor 2).

    The main problems that I am not sure how to solve are:

    1. The car hesitates badly, but only sometimes. It even stalled on me once. When its idle, it runs fairly nicely but when I'm driving sometimes it's almost like the gas pedal would disconnect. I can push it all the way and it doesn't do anything. Then suddenly, a few seconds later, it works again. The spark plugs are in good condition and the computer doesn't give me any codes, so far. Any ideas of what could it be or tests I could do to find the problem?

    I think I can also hear some high pitch, low volume noise when I'm waiting on a red light, sometimes. It goes away if I push the gas pedal. I'm not sure if those two are related.

    2. My fuel gauge acts weird. I park the car and overnight it goes to, let's say, half tank. Then I drive for 15 minutes and it goes to empty. Then it goes back to 1/4 if I park. I checked the fuel pump sender and it seemed OK. I also checked the small anti-slosh module and replaced it with another one (I hope that one is fine), but the problem is back after a few days.
  2. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    My guess would be either a bad connection on the plastic circuit sheet on the back of the fuel gauge, or a gummed up resistive element inside the tank. In such a case I would be sure to write down the miles from the odometer, and remember to refill the tank after some decent distance, like 180-260 miles.

    And welcome to the forums by the way.
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    Maybe not having the oxygen sensor connected has something to do with it.
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    O2 sensor will cause your problems.. change it out and report back. Also check you're fuel filter and hoses. Sounds almost like running out of fuel-- or being starved of it. Welcome to the forum BTW, may I ask what the incident was that necessitated rubber parts replacement?

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  5. aleks

    aleks FEOA Member

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    Thank you, guys, for the welcome, suggestions and the help. I am trying to fix the fuel gauge first, then I will change the oxygen sensor and then continue. I can report any progress and failed attempts.

    I haven't changed the oxygen sensor yet, because I need a new connector, wires and sensor first. The priority was to make the car run again and now comes the hard to find problems and other issues.

    What happened to the car is that it suddenly caught on fire while I was driving. I smelled some fuel when I started driving, a few minutes later: smoke and flames. It was stupid of me not to stop immediately.
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    Hesitation and stalling could be caused by a vacuum leak.
  7. aleks

    aleks FEOA Member

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    This post is a bit off-topic since the car started leaking oil. I'm not sure if people are interested in all the things that started to appear only after the car was already running relativity well.

    What It looks like is that the oil plug was loose (maybe I still need a new gasket). The main issue is that, it looks like I still need to change the engine seals and transmission seals. This is really setting me back. I have never done this before and I'm not sure I will be able to do it on my own.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2018

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