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Q: Car slows going up hill and seems to be getting worse??? on 2001 Ford Escape

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The engine light is on & the car slows when going up hills to 45 mph or less and when I push down to hard it just races the motor or makes a loud noise. Whats wrong?
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Has the "Check Engine Light" come on? If so plugging in a scan tool to the diagnostic socket under the dash will be required to retrieve trouble codes. If the Escape is a manual transmission the clutch may be "slipping". If the Escape is equipped with an automatic transmission I would check the owner's manual and see how to check the automatic transmission fluid level. Definitely need to get this checked out sooner rather than later to avoid further damage.
In all likelihood your catalytic converter is defective and require replacing. You definitely need to hook a scanner tool up to your vehicle to get the correct diagnosis. If the scanner registers p0403 or p0402 you have a defective catalyst.
Also, if you don't live in California go to your local Autozone and they should be able to hook a scan tool up to your vehicle for free.
Good Luck.
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