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#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!!!!!!!!
#1521 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [samstress]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:37 am)
I think I have the same problem..what was the part you ordered,or part number?
#1522 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [snozdong]
Mar 11, 2010 (12:41 am)
Had da same prob. with my 2000 zx2, there is a vacuum line with a breather on da top right hand side of your valve cover, u can probably get a bigger breather, i have an aftermarket intake with 1 vacuum line so i put a small air filter over that vacuum and no more squeek.... U can buy a bigger breather or miniature air filter at autozone, pep boys, advanced, or oreillys for less than 15 dollars
#1523 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [snozdong]
Mar 11, 2010 (10:23 am)
My car no longer screams, I ordered the part from www.rockauto.com. The part number is Motorcraft FA1661 Crankcase Breather Element, cost $9.55. What a difference. I will be changing this filter when I change my air filter, all the time now. Never want that screaming noise to return. Good luck!!!
#1524 of 1562 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [samstress48]
Mar 31, 2010 (3:08 am)
You really don't need to replace the breather filter every time you change the other filters. That thing should be good for at least 70,000 miles. My car has 130,000 miles on it, and I've only replaced it once. I saw someone on another site mention that they cleaned out their breather filter with WD40 and it fixed it....so that might be worth trying IF you are still driving you car next time it needs replacement. Just a thought!
#1525 of 1562 2002 zx2 temp gauge stuck on hot
Apr 01, 2010 (11:13 am)
About 3 weeks ago we got a trouble code, changed the thermostat and everything went back to normal within a day or 2.
All of a sudden today, the temp gauge shot up to over the red line after about 5 minutes of driving, and stayed there. Allowed the car to cool down for an hour or 2, and it is still there.
Plenty of coolant, maybe even a little high (just over the bottom mark when engine cold).
The engine when we checked was definitely not hot to the touch, but the gauge still says way over hot.
#1526 of 1562 2000 ZX2 - Replaced Fuel pump
Apr 02, 2010 (7:57 am)
a while back, but can't get rid of the gas smell. Everytime i walk past the car I can smell gas. No leaks. How can I fix this?
Jun 01, 2010 (11:02 am)
Lately when I try to accelerate fast, my ZX2 seems to choke. It doesnt die , just starts running real rough and has no power. Then it will catch and everything is ok for a while. Its got a new fuel pump .
Any idea what is causing this?
#1528 of 1562 Re: 00 ZX2 [remowus]
Jun 01, 2010 (7:15 pm)
Sounds to me like you need to replace your O2 sensors. When you accelerate fast the car needs more air. If the O2 sensors have too much soot in them your car will choke like that when you accelerate fast. Once you stop accelerating and go at a steady pace it catches up with the air it needs. Replace the upper and lower at the same time or you will find yourself replacing the old one soon after.
#1529 of 1562 Re: 00 ZX2 [mrsblanes]
Jun 02, 2010 (1:34 pm)
Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try
Whats the easiest way to do this?