01 Ford Escort ZX2 Changed plugs one at a time correctly gapped but now very rough idle sputters and check engine light is on?

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If the check engine light is on you can bring the car to advance auto parts and they will, hook your car up to a machine that will tell you exactly what you need to replace for free If you used CHEAP plugs this will happen. My 98 ZX2 did the EXACT same thing When i put in the cheap plugs. Put the more expensive ones in and problem solved. I would go with the Motorcraft (ford) plugs about $6 a plug...Worth it because you'll see a dramatic increase in your gas mileage.
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If you changed plugs wires forward 02 sensor and throttle sensor but your 200 Ford Escort is still running idleing rough what do you do next?

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What can you do if your 1999 Ford Escort ZX2 will not idle?

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Why does my 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 idle rough and stall?

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Your check engine light is on and your RPM's are high on my 1999 Ford Escort Zx2?

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2001 jimmy overheated now running rough. We have now changed the plugs wires cap rotor water pump thermostat and temperature sensor. Still running real rough low rps and the check engine light?

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How do you change the timing belt for 2003 ford escort zx2?

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How do you reset a check engine light in a 1999 ford escort zx2?

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My 96 ford ranger super cab 4.0 v6 truck has hard time idling very rough when i pull the connector on the maf meter it idles good when I plug the maf back in it idles rough is the maf meter bad?

Probably. They are an expensive part to replace. But it is possible to clean one, however mechanics don't recommend it as the sensor, a copper wire, is easily damaged. If you remove the sensor from its housing, normally by removing two torx screws you can then see the copper wire in the open window (MORE)

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According to the 2001 Ford Escort Owner Guide : The 2.0 liter DOHC , Zetec engine has spark plugs gapped at : ( .048 to .052 inch ) * confirm with the Vehicle Emissions Control Information ( VECI )decal located in the front of the engine compartment

I have a 1999 Ford escort zx2 with manual tran's. it has a rough idle but when you disconnect the cam sensor it runs fine. what is the cause?

Sounds like the sensor is bad. The sensor may be sending bad data to the computer. The computer assumes that the information is correct. The computer then uses this bad information to calculate fuel delivery, etc., therefore causing poor performance. By unplugging the sensor, computer receives no d (MORE)

What is the spark plug gap on a 2000 ford escort zx2?

For a 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 with the 2.0 litre Zetec DOHC four cylinder engine : According to the Owner Guide the spark plugs are gapped at : ( .048 to .052 inch ) * confirm with the Vehicle Emission Control Information ( VECI ) decal located in the front of your engine compartment

Ford Escort ZX2 timing?

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2001 ford escort zx2 manual tranny is idling at 3grand no vaccume leaks found and no check engine light is it the isc and if so where is it located?

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