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Ford Escort ZX2

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  • Click23, I just wanted to say thanks for the information about the crankcase breather filter! My 2001 ZX2 also developed this squeal. It sounded like the noise was coming from the drive belt, so I had a shop replace the belt and auto-tensioner...and it didn't fix the sound. I was on the verge of having the timing belt replaced, but decided to google it instead. Google directed me to your posts. Although my engine looks a little different than the 1998 engine, I was able to locate the filter on my car based on your picture. The part number for the 2001 ZX2 crankcasae breather filter, in case anyone is wondering, is F8KE-6A768-AC. A hose leads from the main air filter housing to the breather filter...and a small hose leads from the bottom of the breather filter to the crankcase cover. I called a local Ford parts department and got the part for $14.07! The guy there did have to cross reference the part number. On my receipt, it lists it as part number F8CZ*6A768*AB...and there is a FA1661 by that. Anyways, thanks for sharing the fix click23! That noise made my car sound like a POS...and it was highly annoying for almost a year. Now my car runs smoothly again, and with no squealing!
  • milguymilguy Posts: 4
    Hi, I have the same problem on a 2003. Except, the shifter stays in R/N/D only. I can't get it to go to park or L. And, well, if it doesn't go into park I can't get the key out. Did you find anything to cause your problem? Unhooking the battery is a PAIN!
  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    I was wondering the same thing. It should bolt right in. Maybe a little tight though.
  • jeeverjeever Posts: 1
    Robert,

    I also wanted to thank you for your post. We have a '98 ZX2 that we really like. We took it to two dealers in the Bay Area and to a private mechanic; all three were coming up with bogus repair costs of over a $1000. None of it made sense; we got tired of the screeching and stopped driving the car for over half a year. I stumbled into your post last week, and followed your advice. The car is fixed; you've made me a hero. I created an account on the forum, so I could thank you. all the best, jeever
  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    After my '00 ZX2 was towed, it sometimes won't start.
    What it does is that sometimes when I turn the key nothing
    happens. No lights no fan ,nothing.

    The tow truck driver towed my car from the drive wheels while it was in park and I'm wondering if it screwed something up.

    Maybe the starter has a bad spot?

    Anyone else have this problem?
  • I have my cd player hooked up and everything but i cant get the climate control to hook up because the cord is to short? ne suggestions? or should i take it to a professional?
  • bojo776bojo776 Posts: 2
    ok, i had a similar problem.
    my dad and I took off my faceplate to see where a cd player could fit and we accidently disconnected it. so after taking apart just about the whole inside tryin to get it we looked at these diagrams at the ann arbor library and heres what you need to do:
    follow the cord to where it goes and disconnect it, it is really simple if you pull on it you will get no slack but reach back and release the clasp to disconnect it. this should give you all the slack you need to connect it then just put the faceplate back on and replug in the cord from where u unplugged it
  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    Now, is that a Ford cd player made for the car or a third party brand?

    :)
  • bojo776bojo776 Posts: 2
    mine was a 3rd party brand, but there is no room for a cd player without cutting out my faceplate which i dont want to do because i like how it looks, i might just have to attach my cd player below the glovebox on the metal frame
  • stunna2stunna2 Posts: 13
    I have a aftermarket cd player in mine. All I did was pay 60 for the conversion kit. It comes with all the controls and looks a lot better. You can even tape off where the controls off and paint it with some fuzion paint to match your car. It is a pain totake off all the knobs and controls and screw the two the new plate though.
  • stunna2stunna2 Posts: 13
    Alright, mine did the same thing. I took all the plastic off around theshifter. After I did this I found out that there was alot off soda causing it to stick. So when I jercked it back I bent the pin. not hard to fix, just alot off plastic to take off to get it.
  • mikenabbymikenabby Posts: 2
    i have a 99 zx2 i have the same problem if you dont mind me asking how much did it cost and is there a site for discount parts.
  • mikenabbymikenabby Posts: 2
    my car needs a variable cam solenoid my questin is can i do this my self where is it and does anyone no of a web site that has cheap parts and how much will it cost if i have someone to do it
  • naatz1naatz1 Posts: 187
    It cost us around $450 for the entire job - - $325 for the part from the Ford garage on discount even (5 shops like NAPA in town did NOT carry it, a Ford exclusive) and the rest for labor but this was from a friend mechanic who usually charges $30-40/hr and this is a real bear to fix and re-time this engine so I know he gave us a deal.
    It's run fine since fixed Aug 06 but this peppy engine still runs REAL ROUGH, no fixing that apparently.
  • Thanks for posting the information about the crankcase breather filter. I had the exact problems with my ZX2 as Chezelle and i got my replacement part at a local Ford dealer. I installed the part before i left the lot and drove the car for at least 45 minutes in city and highway conditions and the noise was GONE! it took a year to find the cause, and it was fixed with a $15 part.

    and like a few others on here, i had a little trouble at the dealer explaining the part although it clearly sits right on top of the engine and is extremely easy to find and change the part out of.

    The part number on the box is FA 1661. my box from the dealer was red and it was manufactured by Motorcraft.

    Prior to the fix, 2 dealers gave me the run-around about the cause and 2 seasoned mechanics were just baffled by it. We replaced the engine timing belt, the flex plate, the serpentine belt, checked the pulleys, and probably 10 other things that i forget at this point.

    We wish we would have found this forum and the fix listed here before we dropped $500.00 in repairs that may not have been needed due to this breather filter being bad.

    Hope this post helps someone else out with this annoyance on an otherwise good and reliable car.
  • My girlfriend has a 1999 ZX2 with manual locks...so I'm pretty sure that it does not have the theft deterent system like my 2001 w/power locks and remote. Strangely, though, the theft light lit up on her dash today (for the 1st time since she's owned it in 4 months)...and the horn has randomly been going off like someone is trying to get in her car (they aren't). So it's acting like it has the theft deterent system (with the horn going off like when I set the alarm off on my ZX2)...but as far as I know, only the power lock/remote equipped cars have the theft alarm. Any ideas what would cause this? The fuse is fine. I'll get the battery checked. Assuming the battery is ok, would it be a problem with the control computer? Please say no! lol
  • Sounds like the battery is completely dead if your lights don't even turn on. Check your battery and alternator at Autozone (or somewhere else who will also do it for free) to make sure they're ok. If they're ok, I have no clue why the lights wouldn't work...maybe a fuse or short? At any rate, I'd solve that electrical problem before focusing on the cranking issue. Since it sounds like the problem is intermittent, I would think it's a short or a bad ground. I read in another ZX2 forum that the engine ground in these cars is usually not very good. Some people add ground wires to help...I think on the battery ground. Try googling ZX2 ground wire or something.

    Your car is a front wheel drive, so towing it from the front wheels (with them off the ground) should be fine since your rear wheels can spin freely. Good luck!
  • Not sure if anyone ever answered you. The stock wheels (ugly wheels) were 15" wheels, but there was an upgrade to chrome wheels (5 spokes)...and those are 14" wheels that you referred to. My '01 has those and takes 185/65/14's.
  • gojeffiegojeffie Posts: 3
    I was wondering if anyone out there now owns a 1981 Ford Escort SS? Or does anyone know how many are still around? My brother bought his new and it has been the only car he has ever had since. He has kept it in it's original condition and loves the car. He has no computer with an internet connection and would like to know if any others are still out there, how many there might be and where they are located. Any help would be appreciated.
  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    This car has run great since I got it at 14000 miles. It now has 73000 . In the last year I have replaced the battery, alternator, starter and blower motor for the fan in the passenger compartment. Is this typical for this car?
    No other problems though. Ford wants 170.00 bucks for the little blower motor though. AutoZ has it for 50.00, but you have to ad your own connections.
    Still runs good and gets 35 mph.
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