2002 Escape Left sitting over three day holiday. Now it shakes and check engine light is flashing.

Asked by Dec 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM about the 2002 Ford Escape XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It was fine and presented zero warning lamps last it was driven before holidays. Was left sitting for three days. These days were quite cold though, and it did rain once overnight. It shakes rather violently on startup, and especially when at slower speeds/idling. Almost as if it might die. I'm just baffled, because again, last it was driven it was perfectly fine. Any ideas?

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Sounds like a coil misfire, check the codes since your check engine light is on. It will tell you what Coil out of six is faulty. But if you have 100K miles or more I'd replace all six coils and plugs at this point if you have everything apart. Since it just started after it rained, you might have some dampness contributing to your issue.

Thanks for the response Tom. Weirdest thing though, when I went out today and started the car again on a whim, to my complete surprise everything seemed perfectly fine. No light, no shaking, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. So I wonder, could this have been some kind of sediment build up problem that the engine just needed to burn through, or anything similar? I've since driven it around town, filled the tank with gas and a fuel system cleaner, and everything appears to be fine! So what gives?

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