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My Ford escort Woes

My wife owns a 98 ford escort ZX2 and her current issue is the car stops running at idle and it cuts off when she’s driving it. Could this be a clogged fuel filter issue?

That’s one possibility, yes.

Does it shut down like you turned the key ‘off’? Does it start right back up? A clogged fuel filter would show up as loss of power at high throttle settings, i.e. climbing a hill or accelerating up to freeway speed. Most likely you have a problem with the fuel pump itself, the ignition module, the crank position sensor, or cam position sensor (if it has one).

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There are lots of ignition or throttle position type of isues that can cause it. Clogged filter is usually not the main one.