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#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)?
Jul 06, 2010 (4:22 am)
I have a 2002 ZX2
When I turn on the heater after a few minutes I get a loud roaring sound. The heater does kick out great heat. The belt has been replaced yet the sound remains.
The noise also appears when the AC is turned on. The compressor cycles correctly. Can any one tell me what to check next.
This started after the AC unit inline filter was replaced. A shade tree mechanic serviced the ac. Before this repair the was minimal ac afterward there was the roar.
Could this simply be the lack of vacuum in the system?
It is no fun when the temp is 98 degrees and there is no ac Help
#1533 of 1555 Re: Stuck in park [korzo]
Jul 06, 2010 (10:52 pm)
I have been there. Stuck in park... nothing would make it budge an inch.
Here's what you do: (I am referencing my 2001.) On the gear shift unit, to the right on the gear shift at the bottom, you will see a little oval-ish plug that is flush with the gear shift panel. Pop that off and using a screw driver or some other long narrow item.. hit the manual over ride button that is roughy straight down. I would suggest that the car is idling, and foot on the brake. When the button is pressed you can then shift into drive/reverse ect. However, your brake lights may or may not work. Use the manual over ride with caution!
In my case this issue arrived due to a broken brake relay switch which enable the safety feature to prevent the car from being shifted into drive.
I hope this helps someone, bc without knowing this handy hint I would have had to pay for a tow truck to get my ZX2 to the auto shop.
Jul 18, 2010 (6:46 pm)
I have a 98 zx2 auto trans the timing belt broke nothing got hurt belt or chain what ever you wan to tcall it is back on the car. The car started and ran for about 5 minutes then stopped. A machine was put on it to see any codes and there were none. The car runs when it is on the machine or as you may know it computer but when you take it off it stops. What is wrong what is going ?? Can anyone please please help me???? I love my little red escort and really want it back