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Ford Escort Wagon



  • i have a 95 escort automatic. i didn't drive it for a month and was happy that it started right up in the cold. it failed however to want to move from park. i tried the over-ride cap and screwdriver trick.nothing. next i removed the console panels and could see that indeed the shift lock mechanism was working and the shifter was able to move unobstructed. could there be something with the fluid in the transaxle sitting too long? maybe too much fluid? how much "elbow grease" should i give it? i don't want to force it and don't want to pay to have it towed. any suggestions? thanks, adam ny
    ps. it's maroon not pink, contrary to want my friends say.
  • przehoprzeho Posts: 10
    My classic 94 wagon is doing the same thing. I searched the forum and it seems the solution is to replace the oxygen sensor (02 sensor). I'll do that this weekend and hopefully that will solve the problem. I'll keep you posted.
  • I'd let it come on and try to find a local parts store that will read the computer code. From there you can often figure out the best source of action.

    There are lots of things that will set a code so to try and diagnose a problem without that piece of info wouldn't be wise.
  • I've heard of this problem before. I have a standard so I'm not familiar with the solution but everytime I walk into the dealer and ask a question at the parts counter I get lots of advice. You might try there.

    sounds like something has frozen up with sitting. How is the shifter hooked up to the transmission? Cable?

    Perhaps you've got some rust along there?

    Gotta love the colours Ford picked. I've got a choice green colour 98 that ford no longer matches with touch up paint. does that indicate how long they expect their cars to last?
  • Did changing the O2 sensor fix your wagon? I found a web site that gives easy to follow instructions to check the O2 sensor ( I just have not had the time yet to do it.
  • przehoprzeho Posts: 10
    I didn't change it yet. If fact, the light hasn't come back on for the past week. I kind of wonder if I should replace it. It came on two days in a row and now nothing for the past week. I'll check out the website and be ready in case it comes back on. Now I have another little problem to research. The automatic seat belts don't work all the time. Must be a loose or cracked wire somewhere. Bang on the door track and they work, but that's getting old. Thanks for the website and I'll keep you posted if and when I change it.
  • I have a 1994 ford escort 1.9L. The car stalled on the highway recently and went totally dead. Mechanic said it was the battery and not the alternator. Changed it out, and ran well for a month. THen same thing on highway, was hitting preset button on radio and the car staleld out going 70 mph on highway. Won't start now, but have all the electrical features. Dashboard lights say "Check Engine" and "Fuel Cutoff". Is this the fuel filter ro fuel pump... :confuse:
  • I have a 1992 Escort Wagon with relative low mileage (89k) and in quite good condition.

    However, lately it has one annoying ``feature'': I often have trouble starting it. I turn the ignition key, all lights go on as expected but nothing else happens, i.e., no noise/action from the engine/starter. I repeat that and eventually, after a few minutes/attempt, the crank kicks in and the engine starts right away. The battery should be fine, i replaced it only about 8 months ago. I assume it is a problem related to colder temperature as it happens only on a cold engine, mostly in the morning and only since it got colder (below zero celsius?) outside. Any idea about why and what to do about it? thanks!
  • My 92 ford escort wagon, stalled yesterday, with going about 20mph,it also has the same led chk engn, batt and oil then once you turn it over and it dosen't start the fuel cut off led is present. car was warm its not below 32' would take a jump charge. What resolved your problem? A buddy of mine says there is a cut off button someware with in the car?
  • I to have similar problem. led fuel cut off lite it cranks but doesn't start. It died while i was driving and it was warm and all very odd. Did you ever find a resolution for this? Is it the pump/ a switch? arelay?
  • river2river2 Posts: 1
    I have had the same problem with my fuel pump switch popping up when I hit one of those famous Missouri Pot Holes. I found the stall out switch in the back end of the wagon it is on the right side over the rear tire; remove the little door plate and check it out. Sometimes it will just pop off after hitting a bump or running over some RR tracks to hard.
  • i just bought a 93 escort wagon and it runs great idels ok but when i am makin fast stops when it is almost stoped it shakes a few times is that the trans downshiftin from overdrive or what?? let me kno

  • the operation idle on my 93 escort wagon is way to high it idles great in park and a when its in drive its a little rough it idles at 25mph how to i lower the idle i hope somone can help me

  • I checked the O2 sensor with a voltmeter and found the output to be above the 0.2-0.8 range that is specified for this sensor. The check engine light has not come on since replacing this sensor.
  • dhogydhogy Posts: 1
    I acualy have two escorts with problems. The firs is a 94 that suddenly has no power you might get to 20 mph in first and don't pull out in front of anybody. The car ran fine a week ago then it started this. Any help would be apreciated. The second is a 92 that ran great then sat for a while. I took it out to charge the battery and put gas in it. It ran great unitl I took a 15 mph corner then it died. It will turn over but will not fire. I checked fuel and spark and both are there. Help please...
  • Hello All,

    I'm a proud owner of a '95 5-sp Escort Wagon. I can honestly say that it's been the most reliable car that I've ever owned. I was just wondering if anyone could provide a performance comparison between the 95 and earlier model Escorts vs. the 97-99 years. Does the increased HP and torque really make a difference?

  • I have a 94 Ford escort and has been great to me. :) I purchased it with 64K on it and I have driven it from NJ to Texas. I now have 84K on it and it's doing something strange. Now, when I start it and push the clutch in and the starter engages without the key even being in. This isn't the worst of it; each time you push the clutch it engages the starter thus grinding. I unplugged an electronic plug to a white box beside the base of the clutch and after it starts but the fuel cutout and brake lights stays on. Has this happened to anyone else? :sick:
  • i have an 89 escort wagon 1.9 automatic car has started cutting out, running rough with 1/2 tank of fuel. I have replaced fuel filter, car seemed to run better. Filled up tank, drove, problem returned at 1/2 tank, added fuel additive, filled up again. went driving problem reappeared at 1/2 tank, this car tries to cut out under 65 mph. If pushed from 65 to 70 seems to run ok. i did notice once when car was cutting out the fuel guage was fluctuating towards empty, i continued driving car anyway. After guage started showing under 1/2 tank now runs properly. any ideas??? Is the guage sending unit bad? Is the pump bad? Is this a ground problem?
  • I bought this car with 7,000 miles, now has 67,000, it has been a pretty good car and our roads are terrible and rough. I did replace the left front wheel bearing assembly, and in the last month a fuel leak has developed where the rubber fill tube conects to the tank, one other problem is developing, when the temperature is in the teens the temperature guage barely rises above the cold line although there is some heat, but not real hot, outside temp in the 20's and the guage is in the normal position with plenty of heat. I was wondering if the car is getting ready to nickle and dime me. what does any one think. thanks Bob
  • My daughter has a 97 escort wagon, which we purchased a year ago, and the "service engine soon" light came on recently. The code symbols are for the EGR and/or the the automatic transmission. The tranny shifts fine, but the fluid is very dark (no odor, no water). Is it wise to flush the tranny with 140,000 miles, and would this cause a "service engine soon" code? Should the filter be changed as well? Most places do not change the filter with a flush, but we have found a reputable garage which will do this. I need to clear the code to pass Vehicle Emissions Inspection. Thanks
  • My car get a wobble in the speedometer - shows a 5-35 mph wobble in the car once it gets over 50mph = hELP Need to fix it - had the speedo cable sprayed with wd 40 and it worked for a couple of months - now it does it almost every time i go over 50 mph :cry: HELP
  • rhigginsrhiggins Posts: 2
    hey could use some help i have a coolant leak that seems to drip from underneath theengine on the passenger side,could this be the water pump if so where is it located thanks
  • I have just replaced the H2O pump, Timing Belt & Tensioner and I was careful when puttin the Timing belt back on and now I am getting a Pre-ignition back-fire when trying to start car back up. . . . Could the timing have changed or was I not careful enough when replacing the Timing belt? any help would be apprecited

  • if it is the water pump it is under the plastic cover where the timing belt is
  • rhigginsrhiggins Posts: 2
    i will take a look thanks
  • martyn1martyn1 Posts: 5
    I have managed to strip the head off the sump oil drain plug and it looks loke drastic action to remove it. Anyone know the bolt/thread size so I can have a replacement to hand? Can't just go down the motor store for a ford replacement cos I live in the UK. :mad:
  • suszeksuszek Posts: 1
    I got a '94 1.9L that had front end damage... needed a radiator and cooling fan. I got a new fan from a GT, so the motor was different. I took the motor out of the old fan, and attempted to take the motor out of the new shroud. But after trying and trying, I cannot get the motor out of the fan! It is stuck in there really well. What can I do to get that motor out of there to put my old motor in there?
  • I have a 1995 Ford Escort 1.9L with a 4 speed automatic (E). I have been having shifting problems for a couple of months. After it has warmed up it will not shift from 2nd to 3rd when leaving a stop sign, or more problematic, entering a freeway via the on ramp. It does not do it all the time and no codes come up at the shop. the car has 158K miles and I just had the transmission serviced. The problem came about before the service and still exists. I have tried manually shifting with no luck. The fluid levels are all good and there seems to be no other problems.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • jescortjescort Posts: 1
    Looking for ideas on solving a water leak in the passenger compartment. Water is leaking from the housing for the ventilation fan which sits below the glove box on a 1997 Ford Escort Station Wagon. I found the drain for the Windshield wipers was clogged and cleaned it out but water is still gathering after a rain storm and pours out of the housing when I turn corners. I pulled the housing off and have emptied it twice. Anybody ever have to deal with this?
    thanks for your suggestions
  • t558t558 Posts: 2
    Hi I was wondering if you had found a solution for this problem you posted in Dec 17, 2005. I have a 93 Escort 1.9L and it experienced the same problem (while my mom was driving it)not good. Anyhow, I don't think it's the Fuel Pump since I can hear it hum when I try to start the car, or Fuel Cutoff switch which is in the correct position (not triggered). I was thinking maybe the Ignition Module since the spark plugs/wires are new and the battery is only 2 months old. Thank you.
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