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Why does my car idle rough, have no power and overheat ?”
1997 Ford Aspire

Why does my car idle rough, have no power and overheat ?”

(1997 Ford Aspire)
I recently replaced the distributor after the car idled really rough and died then wouldn’t restart. The first time this happened the error code indicated the crankshaft position sensor so I replaced it but still could not start the car. I then replaced the spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor and still could not start the car. Took it to a mechanic who after thorough inspection and testing determined a weak coil in the distributor so I replaced the distributor and was able to drive again. Less than 2 months later the SAME THING happens again! replaced the distributor again. This immediately resolved the no start issue again and restored engine power and strong idle.....for less than 2 days /: The idle is rough, the transmission shifts hard and late when accelerating, sometimes there is so little power when driving uphill, accelerating the car will slow down to 45mph with the pedal to the floor and now overheats when pushed too long like that but cools immediately when pedal is relea
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on August 17, 2019
The crankshaft signal code is often set due to a stall unrelated to the crankshaft sensor. Very likely wasteful to replace that component.

If you have recurring issues that resolve even temporarily by replacing that distributor, I would look at the source of the parts -- what parts are you using, are you possibly getting parts that are not of high quality?

You could also have a wiring concern that could possibly get "wiggled" and repaired while replacing components and then fail again.

Your other concerns about the transmission shifting hard and late, poor acceleration and other issues sounds like you may have some other concerns occurring that can contribute to the failure you are experiencing. This is way too hard for the "Do it yourself" technician, and I realize the car is 22 years old and "economy" to begin with -- but finding a technician with experience with these Korean built Ford vehicles (Kia based) would be highly beneficial.
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on August 17, 2019
The crankshaft signal code is often set due to a stall unrelated to the crankshaft sensor. Very likely wasteful to replace that component.

If you have recurring issues that resolve even temporarily by replacing that distributor, I would look at the source of the parts -- what parts are you using, are you possibly getting parts that are not of high quality?

You could also have a wiring concern that could possibly get "wiggled" and repaired while replacing components and then fail again.

Your other concerns about the transmission shifting hard and late, poor acceleration and other issues sounds like you may have some other concerns occurring that can contribute to the failure you are experiencing. This is way too hard for the "Do it yourself" technician, and I realize the car is 22 years old and "economy" to begin with -- but finding a technician with experience with these Korean built Ford vehicles (Kia based) would be highly beneficial.
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