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#1431 of 1555 2000escort zx2 heating problems...please help!!
Feb 29, 2008 (7:32 am)
I am at a complete loss....no one ..not even the folks atmy local ford dealer have any ideas...anyone out there who may know??? thanks in advance for your help!!
Symptoms: 1) Temperature gauge constantly goes back and forth from cold to extremely over heating.
2) The heater produces no heat.
Flushed heater core (3 times)
Flushed radiator hoses
New radiator cap
New radiator hoses
Tested for hole in head gasket – test negative
Heater core flushed again, this time at the dealer who explained to my mechanic that the heater core in the 2000 Ford Escort is positioned above the radiator and requires a special device to flush it properly.
After each procedure, the heat and temperature worked for a period of 20 to 100 miles, the latter distance with the most recent procedure (heater core flushed by Ford dealer); however, while the heat worked and the temperature gauge did not fluctuate so dramatically, it did continually fluctuate between cold and warm, and the temperature level fluctuated as well, but never quit working until yesterday afternoon. This morning, the car produced no heat and the gauge fluctuated from hot to cold.
#1432 of 1555 Re: heating problems
Mar 04, 2008 (10:12 am)
The fluctuating gauge problem may be a bad temp gauge or sensor. You could replace those. Won't help the heat though. I had to replace the heater motor on my 00zx2 when I had problems. That seemed to take care of everything. Since you've already taken everything else out, you might try this.
#1433 of 1555 Re: Automatic shifter locked up [tacoman05]
Mar 06, 2008 (7:49 am)
I have the same problem with my 1998 ZX2 stuck in park and am wondering if you would explain how you did the manual override with the screwdriver? Thanks.
#1434 of 1555 Stuck in park
Mar 06, 2008 (8:05 am)
I have an automatic 1998 ZX2 and the shifter is stuck in park. The button on the shfter doesn't depress so the shifter won't move. The brake lights go on.
Someone else said they did a manual override it with a screwdriver and was wondering what that might be and if it might work in this case. Thanks.
#1435 of 1555 Re: Stuck in park [korzo]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 06, 2008 (10:03 am)
That should work if your car has that feature. There's a little solenoid in there under the console that is probably sticking and locking the lever, even if it got the proper signal from the brake pedal. If the emergency release doesn't work, then you have either a linkage or internal problem.
#1436 of 1555 Re: Stuck in park [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 06, 2008 (5:57 pm)
Thanks. Can you tell me where the emergency release is located? I can't find it. My manual doesn't show how to do it. Thanks.
#1437 of 1555 Re: Stuck in park [korzo]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 06, 2008 (6:06 pm)
don't know. I think it's something you slide back. Hang tight on this board, some other ZX2 owner must have done this. Or go ask the parts counter guy at Ford, he may know. You might have to buy a part from him anyway if it's the shift lock solenoid. Tell him/her you need to know so you can bring the car in.
#1438 of 1555 98 FORD ESCORT ZX2 LIGHT PROBLEM.
Mar 06, 2008 (6:55 pm)
okay, first of all I let some dumbass jump his car with mine. At first nothing happened but a dead battery. Then I went on a two hour trip and my battery sort of exploded...So i had to replace the alternator and battery..now its running just fine, its just that none of my lights work except the dash lights. Signal lights, headlights, and all my back lights just dont work..I really need help!!!
#1439 of 1555 Re: 98 FORD ESCORT ZX2 LIGHT PROBLEM. [ashsocute]
Mar 06, 2008 (7:12 pm)
I will not be much help. But, I jump my sister's 98 ZX2 with a 94 Lincoln Continental and she drove a short while. Then, it died. Jumping it kill the electrical system and blew the computer in it.
#1440 of 1555 Re: Stuck in park [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 06, 2008 (7:21 pm)
Thanks so much for the info and advice. I'll call the parts guy and keep an eye on this board. I'm just a girl trying to figure this out, so I appreciate the help.