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#1359 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [click23]
Jun 27, 2007 (8:54 am)
Thanks for posting the information about the crankcase breather filter. I had the exact problems with my ZX2 as Chezelle and i got my replacement part at a local Ford dealer. I installed the part before i left the lot and drove the car for at least 45 minutes in city and highway conditions and the noise was GONE! it took a year to find the cause, and it was fixed with a $15 part.
and like a few others on here, i had a little trouble at the dealer explaining the part although it clearly sits right on top of the engine and is extremely easy to find and change the part out of.
The part number on the box is FA 1661. my box from the dealer was red and it was manufactured by Motorcraft.
Prior to the fix, 2 dealers gave me the run-around about the cause and 2 seasoned mechanics were just baffled by it. We replaced the engine timing belt, the flex plate, the serpentine belt, checked the pulleys, and probably 10 other things that i forget at this point.
We wish we would have found this forum and the fix listed here before we dropped $500.00 in repairs that may not have been needed due to this breather filter being bad.
Hope this post helps someone else out with this annoyance on an otherwise good and reliable car.
#1360 of 1555 1999 XZ2 horn gone crazy...
Jul 04, 2007 (6:25 am)
My girlfriend has a 1999 ZX2 with manual locks...so I'm pretty sure that it does not have the theft deterent system like my 2001 w/power locks and remote. Strangely, though, the theft light lit up on her dash today (for the 1st time since she's owned it in 4 months)...and the horn has randomly been going off like someone is trying to get in her car (they aren't). So it's acting like it has the theft deterent system (with the horn going off like when I set the alarm off on my ZX2)...but as far as I know, only the power lock/remote equipped cars have the theft alarm. Any ideas what would cause this? The fuse is fine. I'll get the battery checked. Assuming the battery is ok, would it be a problem with the control computer? Please say no! lol
#1361 of 1555 Re: Starter problem? [remowus]
Jul 04, 2007 (6:39 am)
Sounds like the battery is completely dead if your lights don't even turn on. Check your battery and alternator at Autozone (or somewhere else who will also do it for free) to make sure they're ok. If they're ok, I have no clue why the lights wouldn't work...maybe a fuse or short? At any rate, I'd solve that electrical problem before focusing on the cranking issue. Since it sounds like the problem is intermittent, I would think it's a short or a bad ground. I read in another ZX2 forum that the engine ground in these cars is usually not very good. Some people add ground wires to help...I think on the battery ground. Try googling ZX2 ground wire or something.
Your car is a front wheel drive, so towing it from the front wheels (with them off the ground) should be fine since your rear wheels can spin freely. Good luck!
#1362 of 1555 Re: Tire size [kjzx2]
Jul 04, 2007 (6:46 am)
Not sure if anyone ever answered you. The stock wheels (ugly wheels) were 15" wheels, but there was an upgrade to chrome wheels (5 spokes)...and those are 14" wheels that you referred to. My '01 has those and takes 185/65/14's.
#1363 of 1555 1981 Ford Escort SS
Jul 07, 2007 (10:33 am)
I was wondering if anyone out there now owns a 1981 Ford Escort SS? Or does anyone know how many are still around? My brother bought his new and it has been the only car he has ever had since. He has kept it in it's original condition and loves the car. He has no computer with an internet connection and would like to know if any others are still out there, how many there might be and where they are located. Any help would be appreciated.
Jul 12, 2007 (5:35 am)
This car has run great since I got it at 14000 miles. It now has 73000 . In the last year I have replaced the battery, alternator, starter and blower motor for the fan in the passenger compartment. Is this typical for this car?
No other problems though. Ford wants 170.00 bucks for the little blower motor though. AutoZ has it for 50.00, but you have to ad your own connections.
Still runs good and gets 35 mph.
#1365 of 1555 Re: 2000 ZX2 [remowus]
Jul 12, 2007 (9:36 am)
Hi, how did your blower motor go out? How did you replace it? Was it a PAIN IN THE #$#! ??? I was driving down the road the other day and the blower just stopped. Thought it may be a fuse. NOPE, all good. Any Ideas?
#1366 of 1555 Re: misfire in #1 and #4 [beisbul]
Jul 22, 2007 (11:13 am)
HI you need to change your coil pak which the four spark plug wires plug into.this will solve your problem. THANKS PROFORD
#1367 of 1555 Re: PCV VALVE HELP [sbarstow]
Jul 22, 2007 (11:51 am)
HELLO the pcv &hose is down below thermostat housing driver side front of block tight spot ,hose goes from it to back under throttle body and connects with spring clamp to plastic emmision box.change it all and you will be amazed at difference it makes.hose elbow deteriates and gets sucked in while running and can't breath. THANKS PROFORD
#1368 of 1555 Re: ZX2 Misfire in Cylinder 1 [davesmith76]
Jul 22, 2007 (6:52 pm)
SIR change the coil pak.PROFORD