RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Q: Hesitation when accelerating on 2003 Ford Escape

Rookie cbe0621eac06868b3efe0d8d1d3611e23c60d3114864ea2ec19a68cfbd3eebab
My Escape has developed a hesitation during acceleration between 35 to 50mph. We thought it might be the fuel filter but we replaced that and it didn't help. The needles for the tac and speedometer go all the way to the top for 2-3 seconds and then go back to normal. No change in the engine speed when this occurs.
No car image 94a1663db56199c5353592009e34aaa51078a2469bed068bb8d6f0ba43accf97
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
We own a 2002 Ford Escape XLT, 4WD, 3.0 V6. We experienced the exact same problem. The solution turned out to be one of the three catalytic converters. The second one was completely blocked and had to be replaced.

Have your repair shop test all three catalytic converters, it is likely the problem.

Good Luck.
I had the same problem and it turned out to be a coil pack on the 3 cylinder. Had it replaced and no problems now.
Didn't find what you were looking for?