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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-07-03, 12:56 PM
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Hesitating Acceleration


We have been having this problem for quite a while now. This usually occurs when at low revs in 2nd gear after changing down from 4th (say at the approach of a round-about).

When at low revs, you press the accelarator and there is no change in speed for a few seconds and it then "picks up" and starts accelarating as normal, as if there is a hesitation between me pressing the pedal and the engine responding

As you can imagine pulling out at a busy junction and finding the car has no acceleration is very scaring and has resulted in quite a few near misses.

The car is a 1996 Model5 (last model) Ford Escort 1.3i. We have recently replaced the air filter thinking this might be the cause but it is just the same.

I would really appreciate any advice as to the possibe causes of this problem as i cannot afford to take it to ford who charge 40 to plug a computer in before they even attempt to fix it.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-12-03, 01:36 PM
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As always with running concerns there's two ways you can go. Either do the job properly with a diagnostic aid, or go hit and miss changing expensive sensors/actuators in the hope that it fixes the problem. Waste of my time, and your money. In the long run it's better to do the former, especially when the symptoms could be caused by any one of a few components. I would be tempted to say TPS but without a code given by the module, wouldn't recommend fitting one.
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