Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
Re: 2004 Escape Stalls then dies
If there is a problem with the fuel system then the light may not come on. Sounds to me like either a clogged fuel filter or maybe a failing fuel pump. The dealership I work at will not give the vehicle back to the customer until it's fixed right!
If I was the tech, then I would hook a fuel pressure guage to the fuel rail and monitor the pressure as I drive. I can also see the pressure with the Ford diagnostic tools all dealers have, if no valve is on the rail like some newer Fords. If the pressure is dropping as the car is stalling, then I know what to fix!
Techs also have a tool that you can plug into the Diag connector and it acts like a "Black Box" on an airplane. When it finally acts up, then you press the button. The tool will store all system info from 10 seconds before the button was pushed. Take the tool out and hook it to the computer for a proper diag.
I said this before and I say it again.........................
That really pisses me off when a Dealership says "We can't find a problem" or "We can't fix it" or similar. Ford techs have top of the line diagnostics, a website, manuals, scanners, and a tech "Hotline" for help on a repair. If the problem is verified, but cannot be figured out, then we call in an Engineer from the region to come on over and help the tech find the problem.