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#1487 of 1562 Re: 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Cranks but Won't Start [2000escortzx2]
May 30, 2009 (3:17 pm)
Well, I just had to replace the timing belt in my '98. I could tell it was out though because when I tried to turn it over, it wound too fast. Also I had a small issue with the fuel sensor saying it was out of range, but my "service engine soon" light came on so if that is on have your mechanic hook it up to a computer. If it is a "factory" alarm, you should be able to disconnect it from the power source to see if it is the problem, I think . Good luck
#1488 of 1562 Re: 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Cranks but Won't Start [2000escortzx2]
May 30, 2009 (7:11 pm)
The same thing happened to my 98. The only other thing that was added to my list of stuff was spark plug wires. My wires were still shorting out, so we replaced them. We have later had to redo the timing belt.
#1489 of 1562 Re: 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Cranks but Won't Start [izaclown1]
May 31, 2009 (12:06 pm)
Hey cool. Did the spark plug wires do the trick? Firestone mentioned that we should look into a new timing belt since we're now over 100k, so I expect we'll replace that soon, but for now, I've just gotta get it started.
#1490 of 1562 Re: 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Cranks but Won't Start [2000escortzx2]
May 31, 2009 (4:07 pm)
Yeah it did. Change that timing belt!! I THINK these engines are interference engines. I know my 98 is. Change out tension pulleys and what ever else needs to be done at one time. The main part labor would already be paid to get down to the belt. If that timing belt breaks the engine will probably be junk after that.
#1491 of 1562 Re: 2000 ZX2 CD Changer [remowus]
Jun 07, 2009 (2:27 pm)
We may have one for you. My son bought it for use in his ZX2 but never could find a wiring loom to connect it. He is not available so I can't give you a price now. I you are interested please reply. We also have the matching radio.
#1492 of 1562 '99 ZX2 Zetec rebuild
Jun 08, 2009 (8:44 am)
I will be rebuilding the engine on my sons ZX2 5mt (160,000miles / blown head gasket) in the next few weeks. I will also be replacing all the usual externals like clutch, water pump, thermostat, radiator, hoses, mounts, half-shafts, & timing set.
My real question is the VCT cam pulley. How long do they live? Is this a must do? We are looking to get another 100,000miles out of the car.
#1493 of 1562 Re: 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Cranks but Won't Start [2000escortzx2]
Jul 05, 2009 (3:00 pm)
2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Cranks but Won't Start (Solution to the Problem). Here is the answer for anyone who runs into the same problem. We took our ZX2 to a different Firestone in town (Recommended by the AAA tow-truck driver). I explained the problem, detailed all of the work I had already done in attempts to fix it, and one week later, they called us with the solution. They needed to completely rewire the PCM, also known as the "Relay Control Box." Grand total was $342.40 for the work. All labor. No parts. According to Firestone, the PCM may have shorted out because it was subjected to water/moisture. This could have happened at a number of points, so here's our general timeline. Maybe you, the reader, can learn from our mistakes... We decided to donate the car to "Charity Cars (CC)." CC said the car could qualify for their donation program and we would likely be able to claim full market value on our taxes. They required us to have the vehicle towed to the crappy Firestone in town for an inspection. Before it was towed, we drove it to a car wash, had it cleaned real well, drove it back home, and parked it in the garage for a week. The tow truck showed up (after three failed shows, by the way) and I drove the ZX2 onto the flatbed. No problems. The flatbed left for the crappy Firestone that morning. Two weeks later, after many phone calls to CC and the crappy Firestone to find out what was going on, CC finally admits to us that they do not want the car and will not explain why. We suspect foul play and demand the car back. They acquiesce and tell us to go pick it up at Firestone. We arrive at the Crappy Firestone where they charge us for the tow and the inspection (both of which, the car did not need - we could have driven it all the way to CC in Florida, it ran THAT well). Crappy Firestone then goes down the list of inspection items that they found; normal wear and tear for a 9-year-old ZX2 and then as we are leaving (after we have paid), the clerk casually mentions that they had trouble getting our car started. In fact, he mentioned it so casually that I did not even make the mental connection to think it was a serious problem; I figured maybe it was a neutral safety switch issue or something like that and that it was starting most of the time and he was just having trouble once in a while. We did not realize what he meant by "having trouble starting" until we went out to the parking lot and tried to leave. The car would not start. No one from the Crappy Firestone seemed to care. One mechanic finally came out after he saw us struggling in the parking lot and tried spraying some fuel injector fluid to get it started. The car still did not start. He then made some recommendations to me to try a new distributor coil or a new valve cover gasket. So long story, short, we ended up calling AAA to tow our car from Crappy Firestone back to my own garage so I could fix something that was not broken when I drove it out of my garage two weeks earlier. Our ZX2 then proceeded to sit in my garage for over a month as I attempted one solution after another (distributor coil, then valve cover gasket, then spark plugs, then spark plug cables) to no avail and then I gave up and figured it must be the car alarm preventing the engine from starting. So I called AAA again for help and when the tow truck driver arrived, I explained the whole story to him. He then informed me how shady the Crappy Firestone was and recommended I have it towed to the Better Firestone in town and voila! Fixed less than a week later. So the PCM could have gotten wet when we had it washed, or it could have crapped out at the Crappy Firestone somehow; since they mentioned the problem so casually and DID NOT include it as a problem on the inspection report, we suspected more foul play there. Another possibility is that the original tow truck driver hired by CC did something to it while unloading it at the Crappy Firestone. Longer story shorter, the car runs incredibly well again, like it always did, for a nine-year-old car, and my wife and I have donated it to a very dear family friend who was absolutely ecstatic to receive what he called his "first new car." Seriously, it was like watching a 17-year-old kid get his license. So, cheers and thanks to everyone on here who offered advice and guidance. Be safe and take care and keep your PCM clean and dry. -Brian
#1494 of 1562 2000 5 speed
Jul 06, 2009 (8:47 am)
Where is the "neutral safety switch" located. (The switch that does not allow the starter to engage unless the clutch is depressed.)
#1495 of 1562 Engine size
Jul 08, 2009 (5:22 am)
How do you tell what engine size is in a 1998 Escort Sport
#1496 of 1562 RE: #1495 Engine size
Jul 08, 2009 (5:00 pm)