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#329 of 432 1994 Ford Escort Wagon
Sep 14, 2005 (3:22 pm)
We bought our Escort new. It has been a wonderful little car. It is a 5-speed and unlike the automatic seems to have a little more "pep." It has 75,000 miles. Last week, on two occasions after driving about 10 miles, it stalled out, but we were able to restart it. Since we are moving next month and will be traveling about 850 miles, we took it into the shop for an estimate. It cost $89.95 to hook it up to their machine. We received a call that the problem was a sensor and it would cost $850.00 to repair!! We think their estimate is way out of line and we were hoping someone could give us an idea of what this repair should cost. We hate to part with this great little car, but we are wondering if it is worth fixing at this point. Could somebody give us some feedback?
#330 of 432 Re: Changing Ignitiion Switch [masterglenn]
Sep 16, 2005 (8:02 pm)
The shroud should only be attached by 4 phillips screws. Then carefuly seperate the two halfs that snap together. If it is the key cylinder it is held on the steering collum by break away screws. Shouldn't be to difficult.
#331 of 432 Re: Ford Escort Wagon 1995 1.9 ltr [martyn1]
Sep 16, 2005 (9:00 pm)
The lock cylinder is becoming worn. If you push the plug by the keyway it should turn off. Only repair is to replace lock or disconnect bleeper.
#332 of 432 Re: Idle Problem [mowslawn]
Sep 21, 2005 (6:06 pm)
Yes, I also seem to be having the same problem. My car is a 1991 Escort 4-door wagon, and automatic. It has a 1.8 liter engine. My car runs like a top when its moving, but when I come to a light or a stop sign the idle starts to die and about 10 to 20 seconds later it stalls. I usually put it in neutral and keep my foot on the gas to keep it from stalling at a light or sign. I have done just about everything I can think of. I also have totally re-done the throttle body, the idle air valve, oxygen sensor, cleaned out the intake manifold, checked all the fuel lines and emissions, spark plugs and wires. It's definatly not the fuel rail or anything to do with that. It's becoming very frustrating. So know your not alone. I am going to try one more thing and i'll let you know if it works or not, hopefully it works. E-mail me whenever you get this and i'll let you know if it was successful. seal6102yahoo.com thanks!">
#333 of 432 Re: timeing belt breaks? [shaffer]
Sep 22, 2005 (9:14 am)
If the timing belt beaks, you car is dead.
However, no damage is done with the 1.9 engine
The Mfg recommends change at 60K
Not uncommon to be able to to 80K, but don's count on it.
$260. Water pump should be done at the same time, your right there at this time.
#334 of 432 1.9 Escort Wagon 1985 Wing Mirror
Sep 25, 2005 (6:24 am)
I have just had my nearside wing mirror smashed and need replacement to pass yearly MOT tests here in the UK .Any one know how much they cost and a source that would send one to the UK?
#335 of 432 Re: died and wont start [chevymann]
Sep 30, 2005 (12:58 pm)
I'm kinda a Chevy man myself but what have you done as basics to get this "DROF" running? Ford seems to do everything backwards so what the heck I'll join in. I don't know how well versed you are on mechanics... so, please forgive me if I sound like I am talking down to you... I mean no disrespect... just trying to start with the basics.
Four things make it happen...1. Fuel, 2. Fire, 3. Compression, 4.Timing.
First I would check for spark on all 4 cylinders... don't get "bit"!!!!.. If you aren't sure how to safely check, ask me. I have a couple of ways that are pretty easy... Do you have a distributor on your year or is it solid state?
Second I would check the compression. I think Auto Zone "rents" (It's FREE with just a deposit) a compression tester. The results should be at least 100- 120 psi per cylinder and should not vary more that about 10-15 % from any one to the others. If you have more than 120 all the better. I just did a valve job on a 1.9 and it read 170. So guage accordingly.
Third, Spray some starting fluid (about 2-3 seconds) into the intake between the air filter and the engine. (the key is don't let the air filter block out the starting fluid).
If it starts now or at least tries to you probably have a fuel blockage. Fuel filter, bad fuel pump, plugged screen in the fuel tank... Or perhaps your gas guage is wrong and it is out of fuel... Yes, I had that happen to me!!! Boy did I feel silly I do allot of work on cars and that was really embarrassing. Silly as it sounds, it does happen.
Fourth, the timing is possibly off. Depending on the year and how many sensos your car may have it can be easy ti fix or very difficult to fix.
All the best let me know how it turns out.
#336 of 432 1.9 Escort Wagon
Sep 30, 2005 (1:32 pm)
My message number 334 should have been 1995 Escort wagon
#337 of 432 Re: died and wont start [colt53]
Sep 30, 2005 (4:38 pm)
Hey thanx for the info man.. I have narrowed it down to the timing belt is broke, or the botom pulley has came loose some how. I took the cover loose, and I cant see where the belt is broke, but it doesnt turn when you turn the engine over...I plan on tearing into it very soon.. Again thanx for the info. I have done all that, except checking the compression..
#338 of 432 Re: 1.9 Escort Wagon 1985 Wing Mirror [martyn1]
Oct 05, 2005 (12:19 pm)
Be sure and search the internet.
There are all kinds of sites that sell automotive replacement parts, and most of them will ship anywhere.