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#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
Jul 08, 2006 (5:23 am)
I am a car dumb female but need an answer. Is a 2002 Escort SE the same as a ZX2? Or are they 2 completly differently cars?
#1323 of 1555 new to the zx2 family
Jul 08, 2006 (9:22 pm)
i just bought a zx2 for 500 bucks from a friend at work. She ruined the tranny so i had to either get it rebuilt( for 1300) or i could try and find a totaled zx2 and buy a tranny off that,
well my dad found me a tranny from a junkyard, but they knew absolutely nothing about it, biggest gamble ever.
well we bought it for 350 (tranny) and put it in and tried it but the first day it felt rusty , but the next day it felt smoother. but my dad wants me to sell it which would be that bad cause i can probly get 2500 for it (kbb - 3185)
but if i do sell it i dont no what to get i want something for my money, something that would last, but i only have a budget of about 5000, any suggestions
#1324 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Jul 09, 2006 (5:00 pm)
This was a great tip! I have been living with this noise for almost 2 years. It sounded like a belt squealing to me originally and it was diagnosed as a timing belt tensioner. I chose to deal with the noise and wait until I needed to change the belts. The garage did that and the noise remained. They couldn't figure out what the problem was (none of this was at Ford directly - I try to avoid the dealership). I saw these posts and I changed the crankcase breather filter, which was less than $15. The Ford dealership said they had never (heard of or) sold the part, but it fixed the problem right there! I was able to change it in the dealership parking lot with no tools.
I would avoid trying to find an aftermarket one. Part stores may try to give you the PCV valve, which is only about $3 and is a good idea to replace, but it doesn't fix this noise, which was actually a whistling instead of a squealing as it sounded. Very happy this fixed my problem!!
#1325 of 1555 great little car
Jul 11, 2006 (3:07 pm)
bought mine new off lot get 40mpg and i have 293000 miles on the old girl!