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Ford Escort ZX2



  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    I wouldn't buy it if you can't drive it. You should have the owner fix the fuel pump. It's only maybe $100 bucks + less than one hour labor.

    If you are buying a car that doesn't run, don't pay more for it than a wrecking yard would give you. There could be all sorts of things wrong with the car and then you're stuck with it.

    Besides all that, the car is barely worth $800 even running.
  • jc814jc814 Posts: 2
    Thanks. The seller says everything is fine, that it just needs that. Im taking two good mechanics with me ( one is my brother ). I'll keep you posted.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    edited April 2012
    I'd still like to see you get it running. Risky. Good luck with it!
  • I have a 2001 ZX2 which has developed a loud road noise from the rear. Recently replaced the old tires with Yokahama Avid's TRZs (15 inch). I have gently swerved the car around 40mph to see if it might be the rear bearings. I can't tell any difference in the noise level.

    I have installed some "B-quiet" in the trunk, a heavy rubber mat but still have the road noise. Anyone have any other suggestions on how to quiet the cabin better?? Tires, better insulation, etc....

  • Problem discovered!! Turns out it was a bad left rear wheel bearing, not the tires.
  • 99fordzx299fordzx2 Posts: 5
    My 1999 Ford Escort ZX2 has a high idle and I can't get it to back off. It starts at about 2200 rpm and just keeps going up. After driving, when put back in park or neutral, idle continues to climb until I turn it off. Any ideas?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    could be a defective Idle Air Control Valve, which in turn is controlled by your car's ECM. The ECM determines the amount of air that is allowed to pass through the throttle plate, and the IAC actually does what the ECM tells it to.

    DO not....attempt to clean the throttle bore or throttle plate with a cleaner.

    Only other thing I can think of is that you have large vacuum leak somewhere---loose hose to power brake, a bad intake manifold gasket, that sort of thing. Using some carb cleaner as a tester, you can squirt it into various cracks and joints and if engine idle speed changes, you have a vacuum leak.
  • 99fordzx299fordzx2 Posts: 5
    Weird. As sudden as it started, it just stopped. Now it idles down fine. Let's hope that it doen't start up again.
  • noopnoop Posts: 1
    I have a '03 ford ZX2 which has leak in intake hose. Plus it has a leak in the coolant hose. My local mechanic has given a price of 332 + tax for labor + parts. Please let me know if this is a fair price.

  • I'm in the process of buying a 2001 escort zx2... They say the only problem is it will need a new front driver side hub bearing. They said it will cost $20 or so. I've been looking up but can only find a wheel bearing and hub assembly, not a hub bearing. I know nothing about cars so sorry if this sounds like a stupid question. They said it pulses when driving or turning.

    So what part do I need, hub assembly or wheel bearing? And how much do you think it'll cost in labor to fix it?
  • Here is a YouTube video on how to the front hub. I have only done the rear on my son's 2001 Ford Escort, but never the front. You might check with one of the Auto Parts store, as they can look up the correct part for you. This video should help.....labor is usually around $75/hour and probably a 2 hour job.
  • cleaned the terminal cables. When battery tester is on the battery with the cars power cables attached, the battery reads 'no power'. When I take the car's power cable Off the battery, the battery reads full charge.

    There must be a short in the system somewhere. Will replacing the cars positive battery cable solve the problem?

    Has anyone experienced this?
  • Hi! My '98 Ford Escort ZX2 has it's belt, tensioners, waterpump and all related tubing replaced new 1 year ago. The cover was not available to replace as it had broken with the tensioner (hence, the replacements). Ever since I first drove away with all those replacements, I heard a shrill squeal when turning the vehicle on or turning the wheel sharply, particularly when it is cold out. The squeal is not consistent. It usually is the worst when parking (in San Francisco, so often parallel). The vehicle runs fine but has not had AC in the 4 years I've owned it. There is a very tiny coolant leak that hasn't been located. Once every 6 months or so I refill the coolant tank. Please advise.
  • jaekhjaekh Posts: 2
    Front end collision, repair is a DIY since no insurance. Def. need the front bumper, radiator, both headlight assemblies, maybe a hood. Going to the pull-a-part lot tomorrow morning after I look at the car again and make arrangements to get it from the repair shop to my house. Taking my toolbox and coveralls with me to the salvage yard as I plan to go out and get them myself since they are significantly cheaper that way.

    Wondering if any other years will fit and if so which ones and what parts? Was told there are several Escorts there but I have to go find them on my own. Also, what is the best place to determine what year it is? VIN or ???

    Thanks for any assistance, have to get it back on the road ASAP.

  • jaekhjaekh Posts: 2
    Salvage lot employees helpful, found a 1998 ZX2 that had everything needed. Spent most of the day pulling parts then towed my daughters to my house for repairs that I can do Wed. and Fri. this week.
  • my son's car has the same problem, I have identified it as the negative battery terminal assembly. ( 02 model year) Very slight corrosion, which I cleaned. Part is unavailable from Ford and was 429.00! Crazy!. Part failed again in two months. So I am going to cut it off and replace with a standard battery terminal. It is a complex connector for a ground in a car and had several wires running into it; I am going to put heavy duty electrical connectors in place of this and hope it runs.
  • thewreckedthewrecked Posts: 1
    Just bought a zx2. Wondering if anyone knows why it could be having head unit memory loss where is won't maintain the time and such and if powerlocks and overhead lights shouldn't be working with the key off. It's a 98.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637

    Sounds like a module problem doesn't it? Have you done any scans?

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