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Ford Escort Engine Problems



  • 94 escort lx with key on no indicator lights come on all fuses checked out ok all acessories work. was shopping and now car will not move/ could this be a ignition problem,fuel pump reset button in did not trick,I really love my car and any advise would be helpfull :( :( :( :sick: :confuse:
  • Hi guys,
    I have Escort 1997 and I have some extraordinary vibration and noise when I start the engine. It does occur random (not each time when started), and disappears in 20-30 seconds. There is no engine check light on, but a noise as from a vacuum leak. The car runs good,there is just this strange noise, that is making me think something with the air intake might be wrong. Any ideas if it might be something else or where to track eventual leak down on the hosing???
  • I have had a 97 escort for over 4 years now and the only problem i have had with it is the alternator. I have aftermarket parts on it and it still runs great with 113,000mi. on it . It seems to me that you got a bad deal from someone.
  • check your iac sensor (idle air control) that could have something to do with your throttle problem. As for the coolant leak you might want to either put a stop leak mix in or see a mechanic.
  • i have a 97 escort with 2 1/2 inch pipes from the cat back. a K&N typhoon cold air intake and some other here and theres. To me it sounds more like a transmission problem. You keep saying it happens in 2nd gear. Unless it is just a sensor in your trans.
  • I have a '94 Escort wagon. The only problem I've had with the car, except for a blown head gasket, is a persistent vibration at idle and low revs. Disappears when up to speed. The motor mounts seam ok. Local dealership said that there were upgraded mounts at approx. $200.00 for each( x3). One fellow suggested that the harmonic balancer might be screwed. Yet another mentioned something about a balancer shaft, whatever that is. Have any of you had a similar problem and did you find a cure?
  • So I'm looking for a car for my college-age daughter and have found several very nice Escorts at good prices, mileage in the +80k range. They are in very good condition and are equipped nicely. I know from research that they are fairly reliable and are safe but...both of the cars are LOUD - I can hardly hear myself think! A salesman told me they ware all that way because they don't have gel-filled motor mounts.

    Are they all loud? Is that the reason why? If so, can anything be done about it for a reasonable cost?

  • Hi,

    I wouldnt be able to say all escorts are LOUD! because i havent been in that many but i can say my dad owned a 94 escort 1600 , and i own myself now a 97 ford escort zetec , and i can tell you ..theyre not the most silent of cars :/

    i remeber mine , getting to a point that was unbearable :mad: but eventually changed the wheel bearings to a smoother lot ...and had no problem since. but yes its still pretty loud... no idea why thou ..but they are good reliable cars soo.

  • Definatley could be the harmonic balancer , i have the exact same noise on my 97 ford escort zetec , all started happening when i hit a speed bump at excessive speed and ripped the alternator belt ... seems to fit into the pattern, ive tried to see if it was a thousand things and havent botherd to check that out, later when i head home i shall check it out :) ill let you know.
  • We've had a few Escorts and yes they were all loud. :shades:
  • i have a 1996 ford escort that just went out on me. When i was driving it, the highest speed was 40 then after awhile, it died on i had it towed and now all it does is make a whining noise when i turn the key and doesn't try to start....any suggetions?
  • Hi guys,
    I have recently changed the thermostat of my 97 Escort and since then the check engine coolant light randomly turns on and off every few hundred miles. The T-gauge never shows higher temperature than normal and is working properly, neither the engine overheats. The light can stay for a minute or two and then it goes off. Or it just flashes and does not remain on all the time. Did anyone have ever had problem like this? I guess it is just a matter of loose contact or shortcut that activates the sensors.
  • oma1oma1 Posts: 3
    My son attempted to change my plug wires. I say attempted because he took them all off AT THE SAME TIME!!! and of course neither one of us knows which hole to plug them into. Can someone PLEASE HELP? :cry:
  • oma1oma1 Posts: 3
    I should tell you it's a 96, 1.9L. :confuse: :sick:
  • oma1oma1 Posts: 3
    Not all Escorts are loud. I have a 96 LX hatchback. Purrs like a fat cat. I love this car. It's the most beautiful shade of purple. 219,000 miles and no major problems. A little TLC goes a long way. :)
  • Can anyone tell me what might be causing this escort to surge when driving along when I accelarate its starts gerking and bucking then starts loseing power then will smooth out if I back off the throttle. this car has a carburetor engine">
  • Hello everyone, I am hoping for some much neede help especially in this weather.
    My 1.8 Lt turbo diesal S reg. has a heating problem. the thermostat has been changed but to no avail. the blowers are working but just blowing cold air, regardless of what setting is used. I would be grateful for any advice and help.

    thank you
  • Hi guys,

    I have on my 97 Escort a check engine light message that reads P1443. The book says it is Evaporative emission control system - vacuum system, purge control solenoid or vapor management valve malfunction. I had this exact error 3 years ago (at 61K miles) and had to replace the purge and flow solenoid kit. Now I have 131K miles and I assume it is the same malfunction. Could it be something else and how can I troubleshoot? What would happen if I don't replace the solenoid? Would the fuel tank pressure decrease the gas mileage? I recently reset the computer and would wait to see if the light appears again. Might be from the tank cap too... Any ideas?
  • I have a 96 Ford Escort 1.9 liter. The transmission is a 4 speed manual. I need to know where the fill hole is located. I thought it would be on the side some where but, I am unable to locate it. Anybody know it's location on the trany? :blush: It is a front wheel drive.
  • change the throttle position sensor
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