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Q: I have a 2002 Escape skipping on takeoff, no check engine light on 2002 Ford Escape

I have a 2002 Escape that has developed a skipping problem when taking off but no check engine light is on. The car also has a bad noise coming from the steering. Had it in the shop on the steering, changed the fluid and said it should stop in 200 miles but it didn't.Any help appreciated on these problem.

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alot of times the misfire will not meet the threshold to set a dtc.but in a ford shop we can look at misfire history with mode 6 function and tell which cylinder it was.I replace coils quite often on these vehicles,also has it had the spark plugs replaced,if it hasn't now is a good time to do it.alot of times you can request a major tune with your diagnosis and if it has a bad coil they will not charge to replace it since all of the coils have to come out anyway.Sounds like your power steering pump may need replacing also,get them to check it again. Good luck!
Thanks, I read that a EGR sensor failing can sometimes cause skipping and not give an engine light. Do you think this could be it or would you go to the spark plugs first ?
We have a 2002 Ford Escape that has done much of what you just described. For three days, it "missed" out as if the timing was off or the plugs were misfiring. It lost compression and would then suddenly take off without a hitch On the 4th day, after changing the fuel filter and buying a fresh tank of gas, it squealed twice. By that afternoon, it was squealing loudly and I barely made it home. we replaced nearly everything that the serpentine belt covers, including the belt and the a/c compressor unit. The power steering pump had a broken bracket when we took it off to inspect it so we replaced that all to no avail. Last ditch attempt will be to replace the power steering pump which "appears" to be working fine and has never given us a problem or a squeak or groan. If this is NOT the answer, what is the next step? We did buy new plugs though ours were not burned, they are the original plugs and I have never dealt with these "coils" before. Can these coil packs on the plugs really cause this much grief?
I had the same problem when the time got cold, turns out it was the intake manifold gasket. I got the kit at an auto parts store for about 15 bucks. Please bear in mind that you have to remove the fuel injectors to replace the gaskets on the lower intake manifold.
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