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She coughs, she chugs, she burps like a sailor. But take a quick turn around a corner and hey all's well in escortland. Until.
My little fuschia ford escargot needs help.
It began with what I figured was a case of bad gas (like her owner has too often). Got some fuel injector cleaner and a full tank and miracles happened.
At a quarter of a tank she started acting up again. Changed the fuel filter, got another tank and a bottle of cleaner. Second miracle.
When the gas went down to a quarter of a tank, same thing all over. Only this time no miracles.
The car is either coughing or its running just fine. A little disconcerting.
I figure there must be some crap in the tank that's blocking fuel delivery.
Is there anyway to clean it out without taking the gas tank off? If not, does anyone have any visual aides to assist me through the challenge of removing and cleaning the tank? (and can this task be done by someone with an IQ of 6?)
Or am I completely off-base in thinking that crap in the tank is the problem?
Also: How do you check fuel pressure? Where are the pump relays located and how do you determine if they are working properly?
Please help soon. Thanx in advance


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it could be moisture in the gas tank. that can be cleared up with (i forget the name for it) one of thos carb cleaner solutions you just pour into your tank directly.
 

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Thanx and update

FourDiceS, sorry that I failed to mention it. but I did change the fuel filter and it seemed to help but only temporarily.

EscortLX96, thanks for your input. Question is: how exactly do I "check" the fuel sending unit (and what and where is that located) and/or the fuel pump?

One thing I did learn to do when she starts coughing is to brake hard and make the gas slosh around. This is indicative to me (who knows squat about cars) that there is definitely some gunk at the bottom of the tank that is getting sucked into the screen around the fuel pump.

Thanks to any and all for further suggestions.

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From your second post you say that slaming on the brakes gets rid of it and that you have some stuff on the bottom of the gas tank that you think might be clogging the screen on the fuel pump.What I would do is remove the fuel pump which is under the rear seat.There is two buttons on the bottom of the cushion to remove it so you can access the fuel pump and take a good look at it and see if their is any gunk on the screen.
 
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