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Ford Escort, Coupe
#1289 of 1555 Re: Continuing Topic [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 20, 2006 (12:29 pm)
I have a 1995 ford escort with a 4 speed automatic (E). I have been having shifting problems. After it has warmed up it will not shift 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.
#1290 of 1555 Re: My sister's zx2 [tpmjr2004]
Apr 23, 2006 (1:56 pm)
i have a 97 escort sedan lx, and if you're referring to the "oil collector hose" that connects the pcv valve at the front to a small input the top of the intake manifold, i had the same problem last weekend...
i have almost 290000kms on the car and ford wanted around $40CDN for the hose, so instead i just rolled up some aluminum from a pop can, slid that into the end of the 90 degree part so the hose wouldn't implode at the leak anymore (but the hose still functions)...then i duct-taped it...works fine now...
you might want to check that you put the little spring clamp back on where the hose connects to the intake manifold...or maybe try putting a new hose clamp that you can tighten with a screwdriver over it if the original just isn't doing it anymore...
#1291 of 1555 Re: Dependability [jellybean]
Apr 24, 2006 (6:39 am)
I did get it checked out. The battery had a dead cell and the alternator wasn't putting out any juice. The battery was only about a year and a half old from AutoZ.
Since my other car was out of town I had to get it fixed by my friendly local mechanic. Only 400 balloons.
But its running good and has recovered the lost power I had noticed. I did'nt know that the fuel injection had a direct connection to the alternator on this. So I learned something too.
#1292 of 1555 Got a few questions...
Apr 24, 2006 (11:53 am)
I picked up my 99 ZX2 in July of 2005. It had quite a few miles on it then, and now I just watched it turn over 104,600. Lately, I've been having a heck of a time with it. I really enjoy this car because it feels like it is a better fit for me than the Beretta I had, and I'd really like to keep it for a while.
Problem #1: The temp gauge is out of control. It used to be below the C when I would start it, and gradually work its way up to a little left of center once it had warmed up. Well, lately, it hadn't been starting anywhere near the C, and usually began at the middle, sometimes floating back and forth. One day it was getting closer and closer to the red zone, so I took it in because I thought it was going to overheat. Well, after letting it sit for an hour, it never did overheat. Now, it starts at the H line, and is currently resting between the H line and the red zone when I'm driving it. The coolant was just topped off, and didn't help any. The needle just kind of floats around, but mainly stays on the hot side more than anything anymore. This is making me a nervous wreck to drive, but since I'm at school I have no other mode of transportation. I also wondered, since I don't have an owner's manual (and would it even address this anyway) if there is a red light for when it really does overheat, and is that connected to the gauge itself or to something completely different? Has/Is anyone else experiencing this? What is a recommended fix?
Problem #2: When turning the car on, if I want to turn on the heater/air conditioner, I have to wait until the car has been running for a while, or it will just die. A while as in having driven it a few blocks. Turning on the headlights right after I turn the car on will not kill it, but they will dim and the RPM's will change, and then it will be normal again. The defroster went either way-killed it, or just dimmed the lights and started working. Any answers for that? I've tried skimming the posts, and haven't found anything that's been answered for it, but maybe I missed some. Can anyone help out here?
I love my car, but even just the temp gauge is making me a nervous wreck driving it! I've already had a couple coil packs changed, and the computer to those when it started doing the same thing the third time. And, I've also had a water pump fixed. The temp gauge had acted up before, but the problem had gone away, but now it's back and worse than ever.
#1293 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Apr 26, 2006 (12:01 am)
I have a 99 zx2. Could you recommend a high-performance/high-flow crank case breather filter?
#1294 of 1555 Re: Got a few questions... [nontoxicday]
Apr 26, 2006 (11:45 am)
I had the same exact problem last month.
It is a temperature sending unit.
It costs only $15.00.
#1295 of 1555 Sudden jerk in my 98 ZX2 escort
Apr 29, 2006 (5:00 am)
Hi my wife has a 98 ford escort zx2,it was running great but now as soon as you push the gas pedal just a little it stars to jerk and the "service engine light on the panel starts to blink"when you release the gas pedal goes back to normal i've change the gas filter,spark plugs but now don't know the next step.
#1296 of 1555 Re: Got a few questions... [stroller]
Apr 30, 2006 (11:33 am)
You wouldn't still have a part number for that temp. sending unit, would you? I sure would appreciate it if you did.
#1297 of 1555 Re: Got a few questions... [jonmckinney]
May 01, 2006 (6:06 am)
I'm sorry. I don't have the part number on the temp sending unit. I simply went into my local CAP (Consumer Auto Parts) store and asked for the part.
#1298 of 1555 Re: Got a few questions... [stroller]
May 01, 2006 (8:28 am)
Thanks anyways. I did purchase a crank case breather and that has helped tremendously. It took me a long time to find the correct part number. I've heard it called a "crank case vent oil seperator," "crank case breather," and "crank case breather filter." A Ford dealer wanted $85 for the part. The AutoZone kid had no idea what I was talking about. If he couldn't look it up on the computer, he was lost. Finally, NAPA found the part for me. They had to order it, but it arrived by 1:30 pm the next day. The cost: $9.69. Thank you NAPA!
I wonder if the temp. sending unit you're talking about is the same part I'm talking about. Where does it sit on the engine?
The crank case breather was attached to the rear valve cover by a small section of hose. The actual part was about 1/2 the size of a tomato soup can. Another hose leading from the part went into the base of the air filter housing.