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Q: car idle will not hold steady. Will not accelerate over 30 miles per hour; on 1998 Ford Escort

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that 30 mph takes a mile to get there
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Should be easy for a tech to figure out in 30 minutes. Likely are collapsed cat converter/exhaust pipe or faulty ignition coils or ignition module. Is it up shifting, if an automatic. IF not a possibly failed modulator on trans could be problem. When you post a question, the more information you post, ie mileage, transmission type, any previous diagnosis, can help and will get you more and more accurate responses.
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