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#1324 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Jul 09, 2006 (4:00 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 1562 great little car
Jul 11, 2006 (2:07 pm)
bought mine new off lot get 40mpg and i have 293000 miles on the old girl!
#1327 of 1562 Tire size
Jul 19, 2006 (7:04 pm)
Just bought a 2000 ZX2. It has 185/65/14 but I question whether this is the original tire size the car came with. The wheels are an actual 5 spoke with center cap w/ford logo. The wheels are beat and tires are worn, need to replace all. Everything I find on the net does not show the wheels that are on my car. I think someone may have thrown on some junk to sell it. The door sticker does not state tire size, I think it may have come with 15". Can anyone tell me what size this car came with from the factory?
#1328 of 1562 Re: Variable Cam Timing Solenoid [kcart55]
Jul 31, 2006 (5:03 pm)
My son's 99 ZX2 with 2.0L DOHC just broke the serpentine belt and then stopped no way it would start plus gave a false code (can't recall, may have been 1380, but not valid) and put our small town machanic into a real wild goose chase! After hours of digging, internet emails etc it turned out to be a small piece of metal blocking the oil passagway in the VCT solenoid. He cleaned it out and the engine started up! Saving the price of a new Variable Cam Timing solenoid which I guess is significant. While in there he replaced the timing belt at 102k miles to be done with that.
And the car really runs smooth now too, an added side benefit. It had idled in gear real rough since we bought it used 15 months ago but based on postings on this site that was one of the most complained about problems with this car/engine combo. Now it's much better although still rough, (hey you know it's a 4 cylinder) and seems to idle lower however but no stalls after driving it 50 miles the past 2 days.
So I can't totally answer you question which is probably well past due anyway but this exhaust variable valve timing is not the best, and the mechanic says the newer version of that engine in the Focus is back using the EGR valve system most cars have had for years.
#1329 of 1562 Problems with dash guages on 2001 ZX2
Nov 02, 2006 (8:33 pm)
About a month or so ago my tachometer, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge started acting up. Some days they will work and some days they won't. Over the last few weeks it is more not working than are working. I just got the car out of the shop yesterday where they replaced the alternator due to that going out also. When I picked up the car, the gauges worked for about an hour or so, and then quit and hasn't worked since. I took it back to the shop and they had their electrician work on it for a few hours, which rendered no solution. When I went back to pick it up again tonight, the shop guys told me that it could be either the computer or the 'dash cluster'. They also told me that that is just what they thought it might be, as there could be any number of things wrong that they just couldn't find. Can anyone please tell me if they also have had this problem and what was determined when the repairs were done.
Thanks in advance for any/all assistance.
Nov 03, 2006 (8:30 am)
Started doing that . My mechanic replaced the alternator and battery. It has been running fine since.
got 70K on it - replaced the parts at about 65K
#1331 of 1562 Re: Control box or control module? [silversun268]
Jan 09, 2007 (5:00 pm)
I am wondering if we have the same problem. My radiator fan is on constantly. When I turn the car on, the fan is automatically on.
I found out it could be the CCRM (constant control relay module)
My mechanic couldn't find the solution to why the fan was always on.
If this sounds like your problem, please answer.
Jan. 9, 2007
#1332 of 1562 Re: Got a few questions... [nontoxicday]
Jan 09, 2007 (5:11 pm)
My '99 zx2 also has a gauge problem.
The temp gauge only registers up to below the C. It only moves about an 1/8". I was told that was because the radiator fan is on continuously and the car never heats up. However, the heater works and the a/c works.
Sounds like the compressor is always on when I want the vent to flow from the dash and to the floor.
Do you think we are on the same page with the problem ?
#1333 of 1562 Re: great little car [mbow]
Jan 09, 2007 (5:15 pm)
WOULD YOU BE TALKING ABOUT A ZX2 AROUND 1999 ?
I WOULD LOVE TO GET GOOD MILEAGE ON MY '99 ZX2.
I'M LUCKY IF I GET, 20 - 21 MPG
IT ONLY HAS 39000 MILES, AND I BOUGHT IT IN
FEBRUARY, 2005 FROM A FRIEND.