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#1265 of 1555 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech
Dec 24, 2005 (10:18 am)
My 1998 Ford Escort runs great except for an intermittant squeal or screech that no mechanic has been able to fix. I've had it to one regular mechanic who thought it was the transmission, a transmission guy who said it wasn't but didn't know what it was and to two Ford Dealers - one who blew me off saying it didn't make the noise long enough to pin point so unless I wanted to pay a technician by the hour he couldn't help me,and the 2nd one told me he was certain it was the IAC Valve. He replaced that and said the noise immediately stopped. Unfortunately the noise continues. The squeal doesn't start until the car is warmed up about 5 minutes or so and it continues to make this horrid screech whether I'm sitting in idle or driving - with or without the air conditioner on. The pitch of the squeal also changes along with the engine RPM. It will also make the noise about a second or so after you turn the engine off and what's weird is I can look at the pulleys after a friend cuts the car off and it will make the noise about a second AFTER the pulleys and serpentine belt have completely stopped turning. After seeing this I thought it may be the electric fan because it was the only thing that was still turning after the engine completely stopped turning but I disconnected it and the car still makes the screech. So whatever it is, is still turning some AFTER the motor/belt/pulleys have stopped. What could be still turning after the motor has stopped besides the fan?? Can anyone help diagnose???? Help!
#1266 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [chezelle]
Jan 06, 2006 (10:50 am)
What you have is a clogged up crankcase breather filter. This is a $10-15 dealer part, and it takes about 2 min to change. Crankcase Breather Filter In that link it is the cylinder to the right of the red arrow. It is on the top rear of the drivers side of the valve cover. This noise drove several months and well over $500 trying to figure out what it was. You can check by taking the one that is on your car off and try to blow through it. If it is hard to do that then its time go go get another one. Write down the part number and take it to the service desk at your local parts store and you should be good to go. Let me know if you need anymore help.
#1267 of 1555 Qeustions from a new zx2 owner?
Jan 09, 2006 (11:34 pm)
Hello maby you guys can help me a little?
I just bought my 98zx2 two days ago and it has some problems
granted I got it for $2,000 but it supposedly has only
60K miles on it... the service engine light came on today
and my cold/heater nob rotates as though it's hooked up to nothing? it's a base modle, plus I had the oil changed
and the guy put 4.5 qrts in the engine seems like too much?
And he told me that it needs a new transmission gasket?
do you know the cost of that? part and labor?
Jan 09, 2006 (11:39 pm)
Oh And he showed ne the leak in the tranmission between
the engine and the transmission from underneath.
#1269 of 1555 Re: zx2 error code [atomtan2]
Feb 02, 2006 (10:37 am)
Did you get it fixed yet...same thing happened to me today with my 2002 Ford ZX2...
After getting the code from Autozone, took it to an auto repair shop, and they didnt really think it was that big of a deal...
#1270 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Feb 05, 2006 (5:20 pm)
Chezelle and Robert:
I also have the EXACT same squeal/screech noise. However, I replaced the pcv valve and it still makes the same noise. The 1998 ZX2 does not have a Crankcase Breather Filter - at least that is what the dealer said when I tried to buy the part (I also could not find one in my Chilton's Repair Manual).
It is interesting to note that the noise goes away completely when I pull out the PCV Valve and just let it hang outside of its receptacle. So, it looks like the hose is blocked somewhere between the PCV Valve and its terminus. The hose goes up under the intake and I can't quite seem to figure out where it ends. In any case, I can't find any type of filter that might be clogged.
Any help someone can provide would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance for you help,
#1271 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [maurice99]
Feb 06, 2006 (6:43 am)
That is the same car that my wife has and it does have a crankcase breather filter. Take a look at the link in my first post. You can see it to the right of the red arrow, unhooked. This is on the back of the vavle cover on the drivers side. Just take it off and look at the bottom, the part number should be made into it. Then put it back on and take that number to the dealer and tell them that is what you need.
#1272 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Mar 05, 2006 (10:49 pm)
You were absolutely correct - the noise was caused by the clogged crankcase filter. I can't believe that my local Ford Dealer did not know that it existed. After I told them the part number they read the description and sure enough it was the crankcase filter just like you said.
I had a the same Ford Dealer tell me that the noise was caused by "a booster pump in the transmission" and that if I did not rebuild the transmission soon it would eventually fail and end up costing me a lot more. I was quoted $2,800 to rebuild the tranny. Mmmmm, I can't wait to visit the service department on Monday and talk to the Service Manager: the car does not make the noise any more and runs better than when I bought it! All for a $15 filter!!!!
I can't thank you enough! Thanks again and I hope to someday help someone else out in the same fashion that you helped me out.
#1273 of 1555 Serpentine Belt
Mar 17, 2006 (9:40 pm)
Is there a way to put on a new Serpentine Belt that will bypass the A C compressor? The pulley and compressor will not turn so I just want to bypass the A C compressor altogether. My vehicle is a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2.
#1274 of 1555 ZX2 Misfire in Cylinder 1
Mar 28, 2006 (5:54 am)
I have been having bad problems with a misfire in cylinder 1. The car usually runs fine when I first start it up. About a mile or so down the road, usually while decelerating or accelerating (stop and go type stuff) the service engine light will start blinking for about a minute and you can really feel it run ruff then for a while. It will go and come during the course of a short trip. I changed the wires, and the plugs, but it still does it. Seems to be getting good spark to all cylinders. The code is "Misfire in Cylinder 1" Does anyone have any info on what this problem is?