2004 Ford Escape 3.0 Engine Vibration

Asked by Jan 04, 2015 at 11:02 AM about the 2004 Ford Escape Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

While I was driving today out of no where my check engine light started to blink and
the car developed a vibration similar to when you have a  lose tire.  It had snowed 3
inches over night here and I was driving on the interstate after the roads where
cleared.  The shaking/ vibration when away when you let off the gas or when you had
higher RPMs.  Speed didn't matter on when the vibration happened.  I thought that
maybe it would be trying to kick into 4X4, so I flipped it from AUTO to 4X4, the
problem didn't go away.  There is no snow pack in the tires and it didn't matter when
the roads where clear or when there was packed snow.  Any ideas as to why this is
happening?

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Have codes read for check engine light. Blinking check engine light is not good and vehicle needs to be shut off.

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A flashing check engine light is warning you that the engine is misfiring and damaging the catalytic converter. If you have over 100,000 miles on your Escape, it's time for a tune up. HTH. -Jim

I had a tune up done at 20,000 ago at 130,000.

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Scan the computer and see which cylinder is misfiring. Most auto parts stores will scan it for free. It's definitely misfiring. That's the vibration that you're feeling as well. HTH. -Jim

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My ford focus sucks snow into the air filter box, incredibly bad design. Check your air filters box, I can make snowballs from mine after driving about 2 hours in the snow. Air filter completely plugs with snow.

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