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Ford Escort Engine Problems



  • token2token2 Posts: 5
    where was the fuild leaking form? but i would get a compresion test and find out if all you cylinders are good, after that i depends on how it did on the test
  • token2token2 Posts: 5
    i have an 98 escort lx, and i have had it for about 3 yrs. now i got out of school and have money im thinking bout making it into a project car. i put about over 190,ooo(mostly highway) on it sense i got it. now it has over 270,000 on it, but the motor only has bout 20,000 the last motor dropped a valve seat, but both motors ran great it still got up and went for an escort. i just want info on how to make it a sleeper. plus i have alot of memories in it i've had it sense i was 18. any info on like turbo kits, suspension kits or anything that will make people say "are you sure the was an escort?" thanks
  • token2token2 Posts: 5
    it could be your fuel pump. i've worked on cars like that and when the fuel pump overheats in will shut off. but you shoud hookup a scanner and look at the pump and see what it does. IF it is the pump then change it but check it out first
  • I have had this car for almost 2 yrs now. I have replaced a bunch of parts like power steering pump, cv axle, struts, oil pressure switch, radiator, a belt, spark plugs & wires, etc. My new problem is that no body seems to know whats wrong with it now. It started at 1st making this strange a shushing, water like sound. Then the next day I turned it on and it sounded even louder. I went driving in it and got about a few blocks when it started smelling burned and over heated and shut itself off. I put it in neutral and parked it. It turned back on in like 5 mins. I got it back home and my family looked at it and said my fan wasn't workin right. They messed with it and then thought it was the compressor. But my a/c works just fine. Ever since then its been shutting itself off when I go to stop at a light or stop sign. And smelling burned on and off. Today I stopped at a store and when I got in the car and turned it on my battery light came on and the steering wheel was hard. I got it back home and when I popped the hood the belt that I bought brand new back in Feb. was broken. The belt looks great except for the fact it looks like someone cut it in half with a pair of scissors. I don't know whats wrong with the car. I have people tell me the compressor and some have said maybe the alternator. Can someone lend their advice please!!! I would highly appreciate it. Thank you.
  • I found a "brand new" 1987 Ford Escort EXP with a stick shift, 87,500 miles, and I think its had only 1 owner for $900.00.

    I heard about several people having problems with Escorts, but would these problems still be there even if the original owner maintained the car extremely well, including all wiring and wiring harness?

    But I heard the Escort engine itself is powerful, dependable, and reliable. And I've been seeing a lot of Escorts being sold cheaply for low miles. But, is it to make a quick sale for 16 to 20 year old Fords that were forgotten about or are they cars that you dump money in?

    To buy or not to buy?
  • I have a 2000 Zx2 automatic. When I bought it, it had 86,000 miles on it and it ran pretty good. About a month after I bought it, I put a ram-air-intake in it for various reasons.

    That was two years ago and now it has 120K miles. The car always seemed to have problems accelerating once it gets into 2nd gear. In 1st it is awesome and 3rd gear and up it is fast and smooth. But once it hits 2nd, it seems something is wrong. It could be at a dead stop, I would floor it: at the start I can keep up with any V6 or V8 car that wishes to race me, but as soon as it shifts to 2nd gear it seems to not accelerate much and over the past year, I have noticed a strange "gargling noise" as if it is not getting enough power, or fuel, or something. I replaced the fuel-filter and I keep all the fluids clear.
    I wasn't too worried, but I want to upgrade to a cold-air intake and I don't want to damage something by putting way more air than it can handle.

    PLEASE HELP!!! I'll accept any advise with appreciation.
  • gep2gep2 Posts: 2
    1.9l engine... am told the #1 plug is fuel-fouled, Firestone claimed the fouling was caused by a bad coil (so why no problems with OTHER plugs?) Anyhow, we got a new replacement coil and new plugs but don't even see the coil on the car...!! where is it? Is this something we need to have the shop replace, due to accessibility or something? And what are even the odds that it IS in fact a bad coil, if only ONE plug was fouled and misfiring?? How hard is it to replace this coil, and where is the little puppy to be found!!??
  • gep2gep2 Posts: 2
    Please disregard the message I'm replying to... the reason for the confusion was because the parts store gave me the wrong coil, hence it (obviously) didn't look like anything I could see on the car...!! (They gave me the wrong plugs, too...!)

    Anyhow, we managed to get the RIGHT coil, (how amazing, the RIGHT one is VERY obviously visible!!) and the right plugs, and now everything is running fine again...!!!
  • This car is automatic, power windows, remote starter,and has 97K miles - just replaced the air filter, oil filter, brake rotors. The car runs fine except---it starts fine, takes off fine but after about ten minutes' drive time, a strange noise seems to come from outside the car. The noise stops when idling but after going for a few minutes, the noise starts again.
    I have opened the hood with the car running but do not hear the noise.
    Any help out there?
  • :) maybe too late but it sounds like your timing belt has jumped one tooth and needs to be looked at
  • 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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