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#1 of 537 carlady
Jun 26, 2000 (9:06 pm)
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#2 of 537 Ticking W/coasting in Gear & Washing
Jun 26, 2000 (10:13 pm)
The noise you hear when coasting in gear is, I think, your injectors popping. Normal.
Washing: If your going to use "Super Good" wax for the first time, remove the old dealer wax by washing the car with Dawn liquid Dish Soap.
Don't need a duster as the dust blows of my ZX3 while going down the road. Gotta use a anti-static polish. IMHO it's the only way to go!
Oh, ZX3 : The bumps on steering wheel. Something you learn while driving off road (many thanks to the US Army and a couple of other jobs I've held). If you wrap your thumbs around inside of steering wheel, it's very possible to break them.
#3 of 537 k&n filter
Jun 26, 2000 (11:59 pm)
Well, I put the k&n filter back in a week ago, and the engine light didn't come on... so i guess it was a 'fluke'...
#4 of 537 RE: Yellow Focus (norwaydoug)
Jun 27, 2000 (12:04 am)
> Has anyone actually seen a yellow ZX3?
Not yet, but being a bit impulsive, I've had one on order since May 12. I hope to get it in a few weeks.
>The zinc yellow for the ZX-2 is a bit of an odd color, but I have heard the zx-3 yellow is much more lemony in nature.
I would assume Zinc Yellow, code B7, would be the same on any Ford. I hope so anyway because there is a Zinc Yellow ZX2 at my local dealers right now, and it makes me hot!
An odd color for an odd fella I guess.
>Is it a 2001 MY option or is it available in 2000 MY.
It's been available for a couple of months now, but wasn't originally. For 2001 it becomes "Egg Yoke Yellow" but with the same B7 color code. I'm guessing it's a renaming of the color for the Focus. Some have said Ford calls the same color by different names for different models. I would guess the code would be the key.
One thing I noticed on the ZX2 was the red badging. Against the Yellow it looks terrific - to odd ole me.
#5 of 537 re:jwkessler1 -yellow z
Jun 27, 2000 (1:10 am)
jw-would you describle that egg yolk color to have a hint of orange in it? its not like the canary yellow vw bug or is it? i have seen the yellow mustangs,depending on way natural light hits it,
(the car surface) it renders a slight pale orange cast.
#6 of 537 thanks for Answers........
Jun 27, 2000 (1:28 am)
Thanks. I never noticed till this morning the "2 & 10 O'clock" grips on steering wheel. And I only noticed them because I was trying to figure out ND's post.
Yup, the z is running like a charm. Hope yours is too.
I feel almost guilty when I read here about occasional little "z problems" (glad to hear they're not big ones) because mine has no flaws yet (900mi).
NOTE: I don't list the occasional "slight hesitation" in 2k-3k range as a flaw. Because most everyone else seems to have it too.
Maybe its a design flaw. Or maybe its deliberate for "fuel economy reasons" as someone said (but that sounds like a kinda wierd reason to me).
Thanks for clarification. Also, for heads-up on the "broken thumb" possibility. Never occured to me that such can happen.
Thanks for paint info. Yup, the Body shop guy does mostly painting of repairs, not totally-new paint jobs. And warns customers about leaving things alone till paint cures.
An aside: He does total paint jobs too, when he restores old clunkers to new (sort of a hobby).
I think I missed someone, but it'd be a hassle to find out who, since Carlady has put us in a new thread. So... "Thanks!".
#7 of 537 zx3- hesitation
Jun 27, 2000 (1:41 am)
zx3- i have tried to figure why this happens.not
out of concern but more out of curiosity. i was
fully aware of this when i had my 5spd.1998 zx2.
i have tried this-when you reach that point about
1900 to 2000 or thereabouts,i have let up the gas pedal then re-accelerate. it appears to be less
noticeable or non-existant.if you steadily accelerate without letting up the gas,you will
most definitely notice the hesitation ,stumble,
then surge. give it try and let me know what you think,thanks! how can one not love this car?
#8 of 537 The little things
Jun 27, 2000 (2:15 am)
The little gas pump next to your gas gauge has an arrow that points to the right, the side your gas tank is filled on, how clever!
I like the California duster I have a small one for the interior and a large one for the outside.
I also have a synthetic chamios called the Absorbor. You keep it in its own tube, it always stays moist. Works amazingly well Walmart for under $10.00
The overfilled oil is still a problem. I have my first oil overfill in December. My solution I only give them four quarts to install (Mobil one) I put the 1/2 quart in myself.
I have a very bad habit of driving with my left hand at the one o'clock position and my forearm accross the wheel (long arms). Another reason for the 2 & 10 o'clock position is for the airbags to deploy safe and correctly. I will be in a world of hurt if the airbag goes off with my forearm accross the airbag.
Break my own nose with my fist flying off the wheel?
I have stayed away from wheel cleaners they all have a very acidic base. I use car washing soap (Meguiars) about once a week. I take my time and go over the whole wheel. Staying on top of it makes it an easier job, waxing them also helps. A friend uses petroleum jelly to remove the brake dust with very good results.
#9 of 537 Peanut Butter .......DID IT !!!!
Jun 27, 2000 (2:22 am)
Last nite I said, "I'll give it a shot tomorrow, and post results......".
I have crummy white streaks, all over my Black Plastic Trim. Put there by accident, when waxing the z.
Dang stuff is on, like a rock!
I tried using fresh wax to remove it, rubbing it in vigorously. Then wiping vigorously with terry towel while it was still wet.
Figuring, that the new wax might "melt/soften" the old, and I could wipe it all off with terry cloth.
Result: No dice, it had little effect.
Today, I dabbed finger in a jar of Skippy peanut butter --- and smeared it lightly over a big piece of black trim (that was real bad, all cruddied-up, with old wax stains).
Then rubbed it lightly with clean terry towel.
The crummy old white "wax-stains" .... dissolved and disappeared (under the attack of the peanut butter Oil).
The Trim is now totally-black again. Factory-new, gleaming with a soft sheen.
No hard work, no heavy rubbing, cost no $$, and the job went like a piece o'cake.
So I went back inside, and celebrated with peanut-butter, crackers n' milk......(Hmmm, tasty).
#10 of 537 re:peanut butter
Jun 27, 2000 (2:47 am)
zx3- i would take it you would not recommend the
chunky-syle peanut butter?