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#1511 of 1562 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Starting Issue
Dec 12, 2009 (1:00 pm)
Need some help working on my Escort. Little history first, had the alternator replaced a year ago along with the serpentine belt. Three months ago a torsion pulley failed and had that replaced. Now it won't start, you can here it click and eventually it may turn over, but the other day nothing happened. I assume the starter is going bad or a celluloid, battery is new. I would hate to even more money at the Shop if it is something I can fix at home.
#1512 of 1562 Clutch problem
Dec 19, 2009 (6:26 pm)
I have a 2001 ZX2 and lately it has been changing its sweet spot in the clutch frequently, the clutch was just replaced 3 months ago. And just today when i took off from a light the clutch came up and my rpms would go up but my car was barely gaining speed unit second gear and it did the same thing after about 2500 rpms.
#1513 of 1562 Re: Clutch problem [zxtuner]
Dec 19, 2009 (7:04 pm)
You have three possible problems.
1. Improper clutch adjustment. Check & adjust (usually above pedal / under dash).
2. Defective clutch. Replace.
3. Oil on clutch. Fix leaks & replace clutch disc.
#1514 of 1562 clutch problem
Dec 20, 2009 (5:01 pm)
#1515 of 1562 Re: Clutch problem [zxtuner]
Dec 20, 2009 (5:59 pm)
It sounds like the same issue I had with my 2000 XZ2. If you haven't had it looked at yet, have them check the clutch master cylinder. It fixed my problem and haven't had another as of yet. It cost me $176.00 to replace that compared to almost 600 to replace the whole clutch. Hope it helps.
#1516 of 1562 Re: Clutch problem? [neozx2]
Dec 20, 2009 (6:15 pm)
Thank You. It was actually the clutch master cylinder. I was told everything else pertaining to the clutch looked almost brand new, so I didn't need to replace the whole clutch. Thank God. It cost me 176 dollars to replace the clutch master cylinder as compared to almost 600 to replace the whole clutch. Also, I changed my factory radio after 3 years of having my car... I would not recommend replacing with after market cd player. I bought a nice Sony cd player from Circuit City and paid for them to install it. My a/c worked bringing it in to replace the factory radio. Upon leaving my a/c no longer worked. I fought with them for 4 years (then they went out of business) for them to fix my a/c. They did absolutely nothing for me. I know what is wrong with it, but there is really no way to fix it. There is a plastic plate that when you turn the temp. up or down it turns and opens or closes the mode door. If you put in an after market face plate it hits it and busts that plate off. After it is broke the first time, there is no way to connect it back. Be careful if you do replace factory radio.
#1517 of 1562 Re: sending units [snozdong]
Dec 20, 2009 (6:18 pm)
There is a sensor on top of the thermostat housing that controls temp guage on dash.
#1518 of 1562 Re: sending units [mrsblanes]
Jan 08, 2010 (4:07 pm)
do you know the name of the sending unit? i have tried to find one, but i was sold a coolant sensor and that didnt fix the problem. is it a temerature sending unit?
#1519 of 1562 No 2nd gear!?!?
Jan 25, 2010 (11:30 am)
I love my car but I have had a few problems... This is the second trans I have had to get now. The first one I tore up on my own, but this second one had a 30 day guarantee, was ok untill like the 35th day lol my second gear seemed to slip everytime after pulling out, now I have no second gear at all, It is an automatic also, so I have to start off in low,1st, and take off makin my rpms real high then let off the gas, then shift into Drive allowing it to skip second. All my other gears work fine except 2nd gear whats the deal? Also on a hill, when I am in low, I have to ease very slowly or my axles seem to bind up and shimmy bad??
#1520 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [osurlosers]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:02 am)
OMG, I have been trying to figure out the squealing noise in my 1998 ZX2 for almost 2 years. My mechanic replaced my serpentine belt x2, pulley belt, etc. The noise was driving me crazy, my friends actually named my car The Squealer!!!! I couldn't stand the noise anymore and decided to Google. I am so glad I did, thank you so much. I ordered the part from Rockbottom.com and it came in 1 day. The part cost $9.98 plus shipping and came the next day. My mechanics thought I was crazy being a women and just figuring I don't know about my car. No one could hear the noise except my husband and I and the people on the sidewalk. I put the part in today, which took 2 minutes to do. Hopefully the noise will be gone. Once again thank you for this posting!!!!!!!!