2003 Ford Escape Rough Idle/Engine li...

2003 Ford Escape Rough Idle/Engine light blinking

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JennyF

Burlington, WI

#1 Apr 20, 2011
My 2003 Ford Escape, just started rough idling, it runs rough over all and the check engine light is blinking on and off.

What is it and how much could it cost me?

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Aaron

United States

#2 May 8, 2011
My car just started doing the same thing. My mechanic said that the compression is low k. The 4th cyclinder and needs to be replaced. Basically I was told I need an entire new engine

Since: Jun 11

East Liverpool, OH

#3 Jun 25, 2011
If you get an engine code of 0304, try replacing the ignition valve pack! I did this and no more error lights, no more sputtering. viola! Only cost $95. Try it!

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Ed V

Ambridge, PA

#4 Jul 6, 2011
I have a 2003 Escape.I had all 3 cats replaced, and the coil packs. The thing started 2mounths later doing the samething again. But only when it rains. That cat light comes on for awhile then goes out. How ever it is taking longer this time. This is the worst car I have owned and will never buy a ford again because of this and some other reasons.
txbasshound

Flower Mound, TX

#5 Jan 15, 2012
JennyF wrote:
My 2003 Ford Escape, just started rough idling, it runs rough over all and the check engine light is blinking on and off.
What is it and how much could it cost me?
Is it pulling any codes? Sounds like a vacuum leak. Just had the same issue with 2001 3.0 Escape. Turned out to be intake manifold gaskets (3 hours and about $10 to fix). Try spraying carburetor cleaner on all the vacuum lines you can see and around the intake manifold (one small area at a time), if the idle changes when the carburetor cleaner is sprayed on a certain area, then that's where the vacuum leak is.
gary

Owenton, KY

#6 Jan 22, 2012
If your engine light is flashing it indicates that there is a misfire in one of the cylinders, and can cause damage to the CAT, I had same problem with my o3 escape come to be a back coil pack in the 2nd cylinder which was misfiring. I own a CAR MD which lets me see my codes and lets you know what to do and cost of parts, basically does what AutoZone and Advance does...Hope this helps..and just for facts the Engine light being on can mean anything the light flashing means the same on all coded vehicles "misfire."
gary

Owenton, KY

#7 Jan 22, 2012
flashing engine light means "misfire" and is reading the code to warn of CAT damage arising, mine did the same thing idled rough and was one coil pack in the second cylinder, now runs fine no code. Every vehicle with a flashing engine light means the same "misfire." Google it.
Jim

Taylor, MI

#8 Dec 12, 2012
My 2003 ford escape runs really rough when it rains out but when is dry it's ok and the check engine light comes on when its running rough so I just turn it off and don't drive it untill it's dry out and then it's fine. What could be the problem?
Matt

Palo Alto, CA

#9 Jun 19, 2013
2005 Ford Escape - 121,000 miles
Same issue just popped up for me. I recognized the feel of the weak vacuum causing rough idle (from when a large garbage bag plastered itself across the front of my car, stopping the air from getting to the intake through the grill), but I hadn't ever seen the flashing engine light. I was on the freeway, but I pulled into the left lane and moved the transmission lever to "2," and hit the little button on the side to turn off the overdrive ("O/D OFF" light will come on in your instrument panel). This stopped the blinking and calmed the engine a bit. Still felt crippled, but not shaking the car to pieces.
Then of course I took the first exit, popped the hood and went straight for the air filter. Bingo. You know those plastic "reinforcing" pieces that run along the engine-side of the filter to keep pieces of the filter from ripping off and flying into the engine? Yeah. One of them had crumbled. And ripped off, flying into the engine.

I've been futzing around with changing the oil, air filter, and spark plugs all day. I'll try new valves also, but I'm sure I'm fooling myself... If they plastic chunk didn't smash into the MAF sensor on its way past, then it's almost definitely melting to the sides of a cylinder at this very moment.

So the only question is who to sue for the replacement cost of the engine; the filter manufacturer, or the auto shop that used such a shit part?
Matt

Palo Alto, CA

#10 Jun 19, 2013
Matt wrote:
2005 Ford Escape - 121,000 miles
Same issue just popped up for me. I recognized the feel of the weak vacuum causing rough idle (from when a large garbage bag plastered itself across the front of my car, stopping the air from getting to the intake through the grill), but I hadn't ever seen the flashing engine light. I was on the freeway, but I pulled into the left lane and moved the transmission lever to "2," and hit the little button on the side to turn off the overdrive ("O/D OFF" light will come on in your instrument panel). This stopped the blinking and calmed the engine a bit. Still felt crippled, but not shaking the car to pieces.
Then of course I took the first exit, popped the hood and went straight for the air filter. Bingo. You know those plastic "reinforcing" pieces that run along the engine-side of the filter to keep pieces of the filter from ripping off and flying into the engine? Yeah. One of them had crumbled. And ripped off, flying into the engine.
I've been futzing around with changing the oil, air filter, and spark plugs all day. I'll try new valves also, but I'm sure I'm fooling myself... If they plastic chunk didn't smash into the MAF sensor on its way past, then it's almost definitely melting to the sides of a cylinder at this very moment.
So the only question is who to sue for the replacement cost of the engine; the filter manufacturer, or the auto shop that used such a shit part?
Moved into the right lane. Not the left.
Amanda

Lexington, KY

#11 Nov 5, 2013
I have a 2003 ford escape that until tonight worked fine. I pulled up to a red light, no blinking lights, no engine light but it started idling really rough. I put the truck into park to slightly rev it so it would not die so I could get off the main road. Then I tried to put it back into drive and the transmission no longer was communicating. It was stuck there. I had to have it towed home. Please help me diagnose this before I have to go through so many machanics to figure this problem out.
Robin

Ballwin, MO

#12 Nov 7, 2013
Amanda, the transmission shift linkage has disconnected from the transmission. You need a new trans cable - about $200.
derek

Allen Park, MI

#13 Nov 7, 2013
son said his engine light was flashing and then went off,also said around 45 mph and 65 mph it started to hesitate,2003 v6 escape auto 4x4
derek

Allen Park, MI

#14 Nov 7, 2013
had it scanned and no codes showed
Jennifer

Beverly Hills, CA

#15 Jan 4, 2014
My 2003 ford escape runs fine until I get to a red light or have to stop. It starts shaking when I'm stopped??? Help!! I've had hoses replaced but they can't figure out what's causing it :( Any suggestions?
RICH

Jackson, NJ

#16 Jan 7, 2014
I have had the same exact issue with the engine running rough on the rainy days with engine light flashing. Next day was dry car ran good and engine light stayed on no flashing when diagnosed it was a misfire on cylinder 3 .Went 5 months after changing coil for that cylinder before same issue popped up again for cylinder #4 Changed that coil. Yesterday 4 months later it is happening again have not had it diagnosed yet but pretty sure it is another coil .The truck has 145,000 miles on it and i was wondering if it is common for all the coils having this issue and what causes the coils to go besides age.Think I should change the remaining 4 coils all at once especially since 3 of the remaining ones are under the intake manifold
Piper

Spring Hill, FL

#17 Feb 7, 2014
My problems with my 03 escape started a month or so ago when my ebrake light started to illuminate on my dash. This happened mostly when I first started the car and applied the brake, the light would illuminate then as I drove it it would turn off. Had my oil changed and the guys topped off the brake fluid but the light would still come on. Have never used the ebrake and it wasn't engaged. Began to notice I was having to fill my tank more often and my car didn't have great acceleration. It really took a while to get it up to 50mph. It was a rainy nasty day in Florida and I didn't drive my car til the next day. It had also been raining that whole morning. I start the car and it starts to shudder like mad and my cel is blinking. Also, my fuel gauge went up past the full line and i know i only had 1/2 tank.This was a first. Took it to advance auto and said it was a misfire and not to worry. It was sunny this day and the car ran great. Few days later I was in line to pick my daughter up at school. Car was in D and I was idling. Began to shudder a little and then just died. Sat a bit then started back up and got my daughter and drove home. Car was loud. Had plans to take it to a shop the next day. Car stalled again when I was dropping off daughter next morning then was able to start back up and took to the shop. My invoice says coil was replaced and cat converter was replaced. Drove great for the half hour ride home. Great pick up. Next day I noticed when I was at a red light my car would shudder a little like it was going to die then would be fine. A couple days ago(it was a rainy morning) I go to start it and it did the exact same thing. Misfiring, shuddering badly, gas gauge went up past the full line and would fluctuate, and cel flashing. It has been raining for three days so I don't even know if it would run ok if it was dry. Shop is taking it again tomorrow if I can get it there. I know this is long & I'm sorry but if you read this far can you tell me what this might be? Did I blow another coil after driving it a short time? What would make my fuel gage fluctuate like that? I love this car. Had it for 7yrs and it only has 65,000 miles.
Dave Price

Fishers, NY

#18 Mar 13, 2014
Blinking engine light, for a few seconds then stopped. Runs fine below 35 approaching 40 thought it was roughroad, At steady 45 after about 2 minutes felt like motor died for a second.... Front end wasv buried in a 5ft snow drift could it just be grille is clogged effecting vacumm?
Kelly Jo

Grand Forks, ND

#19 Apr 3, 2014
2001 ford Escape chgswhen accelerating and the ceck engine light starts flashing
Kelly

Grand Forks, ND

#20 Apr 3, 2014
2001 Ford Escape is chugging while accelerating and the check engine light flashs on and off. Recently had major snowfall here ad I rove though alot o snow (we got 20 inches)

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