I have a 2002 XLT 3.0 4X4 Escape that lacks power. It starts and runs fine, but when you try to pass or go up a hill it just don't have any power. I had a shudder in the transmission, and took it to the Ford dealer for a trans flush and fill. That got rid of trans shudder, but now it don't have the zip it use to. Also when you kick down to pass the engine revs real high and it don't kick out of the passing mode until you let off the gas.Any ideas, Thanks
Tune up. Install descent plugs (platinums work fine with the duratec). I test drove an '08 XLT Fwd and it had no power. I found out that it makes its 200hp around 6000rpm and torque at 4750rpm. I would imagine with the slightly smaller 2002 model and the added weight of the 4x4 it would have similar performance numbers.
I know with dodge transmissions, getting one flushed would be putting it in line for a rebuild! Depending on your mileage and the way you drive it on a regular basis the torque converter might be on its way out. If it gets worse get it in for a diagnostic/tranny check.
360ci, Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I took the Escape to Ford Dealer, and found that the Catalyic converter was plugged up. They replaced for free. Thanks Again
Wow, how did they replace for free? I have a 2001 and it's been out of warranty for awhile. Did you get an extended? I have the same issue. Just started missing real bad at stop and any speed when accelerating. Replaced plugs, upper intake gaskets and collapsed vacuum connector, dpfe. I am out of ideas. Help!!
I had my catalytic get clogged too, the warranty for the catalytic is longer then the warranty on the rest of the vehicle, I have a 2001 ford escape and I had my catalytic replaced about 2 or three years ago
Good luck in replacing all (3) three of them. I replaced my rear one for the same problems. That was the easy one. If you look behind the engine from underneath you will see that "FORD" has two more cats and yes from a former post you have to buy the whole assembly that bolts to the manifold with the two cats included. $1,000.00!!!!
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