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#1270 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Feb 05, 2006 (4:20 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 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [maurice99]
Feb 06, 2006 (5:43 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 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Mar 05, 2006 (9:49 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 1562 Serpentine Belt
Mar 17, 2006 (8:40 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 1562 ZX2 Misfire in Cylinder 1
Mar 28, 2006 (4:54 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?
#1275 of 1562 Re: ZX2 Misfire in Cylinder 1 [davesmith76]
Mar 30, 2006 (7:52 pm)
Could be an injector problem. If you can get access to a snap-on scanner, you can check the pulse width on each injector( in your case cyl 1 )>. I'm not 100% that, this is your problem but its something to consider. Give me a day or two so I can compare your problem to some service bulletins and or TSB's and I might have a more educated guess for you. GOOD LUCK
#1276 of 1562 Sudden jerk in my 98 ZX2 escort
Apr 01, 2006 (1:58 pm)
I just bought a 98 ZX2 escort last week with 86000 miles on it. here is the problem: When i accelerate to upto 20-30 mph everything is normal, but when i try to accelerate further there is a sudden jerk, its almost like the car is about to stall. But the car just stutters for a second or two and then runs smooth. The gas was near empty so I filled it up, but the problem persists, though to a lesser degree. This is my first ever car, so I really do not know what is happening to the car. I would appreciate if someone could diagnose it before I try to take it to the mechanic.
Thanks in advance.
#1277 of 1562 Re: Sudden jerk in my 98 ZX2 escort [newbie16]
Apr 09, 2006 (4:25 pm)
i am thinking of getting a 98 ford escort with 85000 miles. it is also a zx2. i really know nothing about cars and wondered if it a good car.
#1278 of 1562 Re: ZX2 Misfire in Cylinder 1 [yuntek]
Apr 10, 2006 (3:49 am)
Thanks, It turned out the connector was not making a good connection to the injector on cyl 1. Thanks for the advice!
#1279 of 1562 Re: Sudden jerk in my 98 ZX2 escort [cheri4]
Apr 13, 2006 (5:36 pm)
A car is as good as your last drive. I bought this escort as it was within my budget. Im no expert in car either but before buying any car do these two things:
1. Check the carfax history at carfax.com
2. Take it to a mechanic before purchase and do a 60 point/30 point check on the car