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#47 of 58 Ford Escort fault codes
Jul 22, 2002 (12:57 pm)
My son purchased a 96 Escort hatchback privately a month ago. 102k km's. Today the check engine light came on, but the car still runs okay. I've looked on the internet for a gizmo to read the fault codes, but it seems like they are for 1995 and earlier vehicles. For Ford 1996 or newer a code reader seems non-existant. Can someone advise of a code reader that is available within the $$ range for a home mechanic, or of another procedure to get the fault code from the computer?
#48 of 58 93 Escort GT electrical problem
Sep 09, 2002 (1:29 pm)
I own a 93 Ford Escort GT, 1.8 liter, and recently was not able to start the car. The engine turned over but would not start. I was able to determine that I was not getting spark to the plugs or fuel to the cylinders. Has anyone else experienced this. (It's so weird because my Dad had driven the car into our garage without a problem and then the next day it would not turn over.) Could this be a electrical problem? Could this be the failure of the crank shaft sensor?
#49 of 58 Won't start
Sep 10, 2002 (8:26 am)
That happened to me with a Volkswagon. It may be the timing belt broke. Open the oil fill cap and see if the cam shaft is turning.
Hope that helps
#50 of 58 Owners manual info?
Oct 10, 2002 (8:44 am)
I just purchased a 1998 Ford Escort SE for my daughter, but it does not have an owners manual with it. Any web sites where I can purchase one? I tried the Ford web site, no luck there. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
#51 of 58 Hi rogerm4 - Owners manual info
Oct 10, 2002 (9:06 am)
Have you tried asking the Ford Motor Company's customer service? I would think they would be able to direct you to the right sources. Here's a direct link to their contact information page. Scroll down that page and you'll see their 800 numbers. Good luck.
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Oct 22, 2002 (4:23 pm)
The queen of all Escort/Lynx models is my beloved Betsy 2, a 1987 Lynx GS 5-speed. Purchased new in late 1987, she racked up over 227K miles, and was sold in mid-1998 with original exhaust, original clutch, original radiator, original starter, original wiper motor, and first major repair did not happen until 190K miles or so (head gasket). Beautiful black turned into black-over-rust, but the gray cloth interior was fine.
That 1.9l engine continued on essentially the same for a few years in later Escorts, so I hope many of you had the same good fortune that I did. Maintenance helped alot: timing belts every 60K and oil changes every 3-4K. My baby!
#53 of 58 owners manaul
Oct 23, 2002 (12:30 pm)
Thanks for the advice, but I found one fairly cheap on E-bay. I did try Fords online "help" with out any luck. Thanks again.
Oct 23, 2002 (12:51 pm)
To jimbeaumi- Thanks for your message. I'm sure other owners passing through here will appreciate reading about your good Ford Escort experience.
To rogerm4- Glad you were able to find an owner's manual. It's amazing what one can find on Ebay! Thanks for the update.
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#56 of 58 1989 Escort LX - Tachometer doesn't work
Sep 08, 2003 (2:15 pm)
I just bought my 1989 Ford Escort LX with automatic transmission 140000 mi. Everything is fine, except two things. a) Air Conditioner doesn't work, and b) Tachometer is not alive.
I tried to change tachometer to a "new" one from Junk yard, I checked all wires which going to tachometer. Everything looks fine, but tachometer doesn't move. Did somebody have same problem? Can you help me?
I do not ask about A/C - it will be my next step