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#1522 of 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [snozdong]
Mar 11, 2010 (1:41 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 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [snozdong]
Mar 11, 2010 (11:23 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 1555 Re: 1998 Ford Escort ZX 2 Squeal/Screech [samstress48]
Mar 31, 2010 (4:08 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 1555 2002 zx2 temp gauge stuck on hot
Apr 01, 2010 (12:13 pm)
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 1555 2000 ZX2 - Replaced Fuel pump
Apr 02, 2010 (8:57 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 (12:02 pm)
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 1555 Re: 00 ZX2 [remowus]
Jun 01, 2010 (8:15 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 1555 Re: 00 ZX2 [mrsblanes]
Jun 02, 2010 (2:34 pm)
Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try
Whats the easiest way to do this?
Jun 02, 2010 (3:41 pm)
There isn't an easy way to do it really. If you do it yourself tell the Auto Parts guy you need upstream and downstream O2 sensors. One is under the hood. That one is.. looking at your engine there is a metal heat plate. The O2 sensor is underneath the lip of it at the end on the left. The other one you will need to put your car on ramps or on a jack. NOT THE ONE THAT COMES WITH THE CAR. Do NOT trust your life with one of those things. I used a 4 ton hydrolic jack. You have to actually crawl underneath the car to see it. It is on a metal pipe. It's been awhile since I have done it so when you get under there get your head right about the middle of the car and look up. You will see it on top of but screwed into the exhaust pipe or whatever it is. When you take them out, unscrew one end at a time so you don't forget or not know where the other end goes. It isn't hard but make sure your car has not been ran before you do it. You will burn the crap out of yourself.
#1531 of 1555 Exhaust System Replacement
Jun 23, 2010 (8:18 pm)
Anyone know where I can find instructions or a guide to replacing the exhaust system of my 1998 Escort ZX2 (whole thing - from muffler through catalytic converter)?