Violent engine power loss on 1999 Ford Escort

Three issues : Check engine light on ( recurring problem); whurring (like off-balance fan) noise when first running. Most resent violent loss of power - the whole car shakes the engine "stops" and then violently kicks back in. Worse at 40 - 45 MPH. Frist mecahnic replaced tempertur sending unitl and thermostat. Dealer says that fex plate must have lost teeth so it is not engaging propery with the crank shaft. Says it is not worth fixing given the age of the car. Help!!! I can't afford a new car. Any thoughts would be helpful.

by in Orland, ME on May 25, 2009
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ANSWER by on May 25, 2009
The flex plate teeth loss would not involve driving, only cranking the engine when trying to start it. The Thermostat would not help the problems you have so far described. What is the code, you need to have this car scanned so you know th code(s)?! Then we can start to deal with this. If you go to a parts store to have the code, DO NOT HAVE THE PARTS GUY/GAL TRY TO DIAGNOSE IT. THEY KNOW ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT DIAGNOSIS! Get the code and tell me what it is and we can go from there.

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