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#1342 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Feb 24, 2007 (9:40 pm)
Click23, I just wanted to say thanks for the information about the crankcase breather filter! My 2001 ZX2 also developed this squeal. It sounded like the noise was coming from the drive belt, so I had a shop replace the belt and auto-tensioner...and it didn't fix the sound. I was on the verge of having the timing belt replaced, but decided to google it instead. Google directed me to your posts. Although my engine looks a little different than the 1998 engine, I was able to locate the filter on my car based on your picture. The part number for the 2001 ZX2 crankcasae breather filter, in case anyone is wondering, is F8KE-6A768-AC. A hose leads from the main air filter housing to the breather filter...and a small hose leads from the bottom of the breather filter to the crankcase cover. I called a local Ford parts department and got the part for $14.07! The guy there did have to cross reference the part number. On my receipt, it lists it as part number F8CZ*6A768*AB...and there is a FA1661 by that. Anyways, thanks for sharing the fix click23! That noise made my car sound like a POS...and it was highly annoying for almost a year. Now my car runs smoothly again, and with no squealing!
#1343 of 1555 Re: Automatic shifter locked up [tacoman05]
Feb 28, 2007 (5:00 pm)
Hi, I have the same problem on a 2003. Except, the shifter stays in R/N/D only. I can't get it to go to park or L. And, well, if it doesn't go into park I can't get the key out. Did you find anything to cause your problem? Unhooking the battery is a PAIN!
#1344 of 1555 Re: motor swap [zx21983]
Mar 03, 2007 (9:46 am)
I was wondering the same thing. It should bolt right in. Maybe a little tight though.
#1348 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Mar 26, 2007 (9:43 pm)
I also wanted to thank you for your post. We have a '98 ZX2 that we really like. We took it to two dealers in the Bay Area and to a private mechanic; all three were coming up with bogus repair costs of over a $1000. None of it made sense; we got tired of the screeching and stopped driving the car for over half a year. I stumbled into your post last week, and followed your advice. The car is fixed; you've made me a hero. I created an account on the forum, so I could thank you. all the best, jeever
#1349 of 1555 Starter problem?
Mar 30, 2007 (9:11 am)
After my '00 ZX2 was towed, it sometimes won't start.
What it does is that sometimes when I turn the key nothing
happens. No lights no fan ,nothing.
The tow truck driver towed my car from the drive wheels while it was in park and I'm wondering if it screwed something up.
Maybe the starter has a bad spot?
Anyone else have this problem?
#1350 of 1555 I am having trouble installing my cd player!!
Apr 17, 2007 (6:37 pm)
I have my cd player hooked up and everything but i cant get the climate control to hook up because the cord is to short? ne suggestions? or should i take it to a professional?
#1351 of 1555 Re: I am having trouble installing my cd player!! [golfer7002]
Apr 25, 2007 (6:41 pm)
ok, i had a similar problem.
my dad and I took off my faceplate to see where a cd player could fit and we accidently disconnected it. so after taking apart just about the whole inside tryin to get it we looked at these diagrams at the ann arbor library and heres what you need to do:
follow the cord to where it goes and disconnect it, it is really simple if you pull on it you will get no slack but reach back and release the clasp to disconnect it. this should give you all the slack you need to connect it then just put the faceplate back on and replug in the cord from where u unplugged it