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#1312 of 1555 Problems with coil pack
Jun 07, 2006 (2:18 pm)
I have a 2002 Ford Escort ZX2. The coil pack on it seems to be going out at random. The car will start jerking and die and not start again. I don't know much about cars so of course I have no clue what is going on, but even my mechanic cannot figure this one out. My mechanic is a family member so he does everything on my car pretty cheap. He has talked to several other mechanics including a few at a Ford dealership, and he has had no luck finding a solution to the problem. The suggestions that we have tried include: checking for a bad ground wire or short in the wiring, replacing the spark plugs, doing a tune up, replacing the spark plug wires, and replacing the wiring harness. None of this has solved the problem. Replacing the coil pack always solves the problem temporarily. It has been replace about 5 or 6 times now in the last 6 months. Fortunately for me the coil pack had a lifetime warranty and I was able to get a new one for free each time. Now O'reilly's is refusing to honor the warranty and will not replace it any more. Can anyone give me any ideas on what is causing this problem or what I can tell my mechanic to look for? I really appreciate any help. Thanks.
#1313 of 1555 Re: Problems with coil pack [angeladt]
Jun 07, 2006 (3:21 pm)
I had the same problem, and after 3 coil packs, I took it to the dealership and they had to replace the computer. This has solved the problem, but it will cost a pretty penny.
#1314 of 1555 2000 ZX2 is hard starting
Jun 08, 2006 (7:46 am)
I have tuned it up, checked all the conections and fuel injectors.
A couple of mechanics looked at it. No one can tell me why it cranks over about seven or eight times before starting.
It used to crank once or twice. Runs good once it starts.
Anybody have an idea?
#1315 of 1555 Re: Problems with coil pack [nontoxicday]
Jun 08, 2006 (11:13 am)
The computer has already been replaced. I must have forgotten to mention that one in the things that I've already tried. It didn't work. That was one of the first things that we tried on the car. But thanks anyway.
#1316 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Jun 10, 2006 (10:42 am)
Want to thank you very much for your information regarding that "squeal". My wife's '98 ZX2 was doing exactly the same thing. Our mechanic could not find anything; said he didn't hear it, but did change the electric cooling fan (said the bearings were going bad), but the noise was STILL there $330 later! I ordered the breather filter for $14.44, installed it yesterday afternoon, took a 50 mile drive today, and the sound is completely gone. Again, thanks very much for your wonderful information!
#1317 of 1555 Re: Problems with coil pack [angeladt]
Jun 13, 2006 (12:02 am)
I'm sorry. Ack, I hope you find something out, and I hope it's not too terribly expensive. I can understand your frustration!
#1318 of 1555 Re: PCV VALVE HELP [sbarstow]
Jun 24, 2006 (12:44 pm)
It's located on the right side (as you face the engine)of the upper block just behind the radiator and under the upper radiator hose. You need small fingers to get at it.
It really doesn't have to be replaced but just cleaned out with Gumout. As long as it's clean and the spring is loose, it's okay.
#1319 of 1555 2000 ZX2 camshaft positioning sensor
Jun 25, 2006 (2:52 pm)
I've been told my a mechanic that my wife's 2000 ZX2 needs a solenoid, pulley and something else that together cost over $800 for parts. something about not retarding or advancing the camshaft. He says something about the oil pressure needing to be over 50psi and a little pin hole that the oil has to go through. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? Help!
#1320 of 1555 Re: 2000 ZX2 camshaft positioning sensor [pastbart]
Jun 26, 2006 (5:45 am)
Does your wife's car idle low (around 500 RPM)? I have gotten the solenoid / overadvanced camshaft error message, and even though a mechanic managed to do something to get the service engine light off, it hasn't improved the performance at all. If I can find what the part was, I'll let you know, but I didn't see any real benefit.
#1321 of 1555 Control box or control module?
Jun 28, 2006 (2:59 pm)
I believe that is the name of the part that my 1999 ford escort zx2 requires, and the part number is F8CF-12B581-BD. If anyone knows the actual name of this part it wouldbe appriciated. Also, if anyone knows where i can get one for relatively little, that would be good too. Thanks