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#384 of 432 Can anybody help? Water leak inside car
May 31, 2006 (7:17 pm)
Looking for ideas on solving a water leak in the passenger compartment. Water is leaking from the housing for the ventilation fan which sits below the glove box on a 1997 Ford Escort Station Wagon. I found the drain for the Windshield wipers was clogged and cleaned it out but water is still gathering after a rain storm and pours out of the housing when I turn corners. I pulled the housing off and have emptied it twice. Anybody ever have to deal with this?
thanks for your suggestions
#385 of 432 Re: Stalling on highway [gmiller1]
Jun 10, 2006 (3:27 pm)
Hi I was wondering if you had found a solution for this problem you posted in Dec 17, 2005. I have a 93 Escort 1.9L and it experienced the same problem (while my mom was driving it)not good. Anyhow, I don't think it's the Fuel Pump since I can hear it hum when I try to start the car, or Fuel Cutoff switch which is in the correct position (not triggered). I was thinking maybe the Ignition Module since the spark plugs/wires are new and the battery is only 2 months old. Thank you.
#386 of 432 97 Escort LX Wagon Woe's
Jun 30, 2006 (2:45 pm)
Not much of a problem anymore but the last two weeks have been a nightmare for me and my 97 LX (157k miles). I had a 90 Subaru Legacy that was having some issues (looking like the beginnings of a money pit) and the wifey and myself decided it was time to upgrade. So we bought an 01 Windstar. Nice Van! Two days after the van was brought home the Escort decided this was it's opportunity to get some work done on it. It had been making a tapping noise for a week or so prior to the problem but It didn't sound very alarming to me (oh how wrong I was!). Was eating lunch one day and came out to get to my next destination, got in the car, turned the key and heard this really nasty racheting sound. After a couple more tries, it wouldn't turn-over at all, I called my insurance agency and they sent a tow truck over to take it to the shop. The shop called me the next day and said that one of the connecting rods went south and the engine would need to be replaced! Wow, what a bombshell that was. So, the wifey and myself decided to go ahead and get a used engine (1200.00 installed). About 4 days later, the shop called and said it was ready to go...Picked it up the next day, sounded pretty good, drove it away...
That same day, while heading back from a service call. I noticed it started making a funny "clanking" noise and was trying to overheat. The over-heating was due to the mechanic didn't put the radiator cap on right and it was loseing coolant but, couldn't really tell where the noise was coming from but knew it had to be bad...Tapping noise = not good...Clanking noise = Gotta be BAD! So I took it back to the shop and found out that the AC compressor clutch assembly went south (bad berrings)! $150! Nice? A day later, the battery went south! $108 (Battery & Terminals). I don't think much of anything else can go wrong with this thing! What a friggin couple weeks! Runs Nice tho now and I have an engine with 80k miles left on it before it goes south! (Hopefully
#387 of 432 Re: 97 Escort LX Wagon Woe's [wickedloud1]
Jun 30, 2006 (8:34 pm)
Wow - I can definately co-miserate. It was the timing belt on my 93 Escort that went broke. Didn't want to attempt it, so had the garage tow it in and was dead man walking to pay the bill. Of course there were more things wrong with it. I don't think I've ever gone and and had one repair. Long story short and just shy of $1K, got the car back. It ran well for a week but now it's hesitating badly on acceleration. Very irritating. So now I'm wondering what's gone south on it. Going to try and tackle it this weekend. It's been a great car for a long time and is worth something to me but probably not much to anyone else and would like to avoid buying another car. It's my daily driver and is great for that route. Thank goodness and knock on wood my 1990 F150 runs pretty good. -Tim
#389 of 432 Re: Can anybody help? Water leak inside car [jescort]
Jul 08, 2006 (9:11 pm)
Your drain line is plugged. It is almost impossible to get at the drain outlet from the engine compartment. It lives behind the ac accumulator. So the fix for this is to go inside your vehicle and drill a small hole on the plastic housing under the evaporator. Be very carful when doing this. You can see where the low point in the plastic housing is and where it goes to the drain on the firewall. Drill the hole here, drill it towards the drain. Then blow through the hole with an air compressor. you should be able to feel air coming out of the drain from the engine side of the firewall. Then seal up the hole you made with a piece of black silicone. Best of luck..
#390 of 432 New topics
by pf_flyer HOST
Jul 13, 2006 (1:52 pm)
Doing a bit of housekeeping around here. We're moving away from having very large single topics where someone might have to dig through hundreds, if not thousands of posts to find the info they want, and towards smaller, more specific topics.
So I'll be pulling some postings from this main topic and starting up new ones. For example, the Ford Escort Electrical Problems discussion will be the place to talk about Escort electrical issues.
Pardon the dust while the furniture gets moved around a bit. This should make it easier to find information and get faster answers to your questions.
#392 of 432 Moved post
by pf_flyer HOST
Jul 13, 2006 (7:13 pm)
The last post on the Escort stalling problem has been moved to the Ford Escort Wagon Stalls discussion. Follow that link to continue there.
#393 of 432 Disconnecting the Service Engine Light
Jul 16, 2006 (10:59 am)
(Also posted in Service Engine Line post)
I have a 1999 XL(lx) wagon. I've been very happy with the car. About a year ago the speedometer started to go up and down on its own every now and then. I had the oil changed at a Jiffy Lube - all we have out here anymore - and the speedometer/odometer stopped working completely. At the same time the service engine soon light came on. Naturally Jiffy Lube could find nothing wrong when I took it back. I've lived in the rural area all of my life. I drive the same roads, etc. and have no problem without the speedometer. In NY all cars have to have this light off to pass inspection. Mine's due next month. I ordered the manual, have browsed here and there, but cannot find anywhere that gives me a hint as to how to turn this light off. I don't know anything about cars, and have no male friends or relatives that do either apparently. If I take it to a local dealer for the computer checkup it's $300 just to run the engine through the computer, any repair of the speedometer is extra. My car has well over 100,000 miles on it and I have no intention of ever selling it so the speedometer/odometer thing doesn't bother me. Can anyone give me a clue? Please? Like most people, I don't have the extra 3-5 hundred to throw at a problem that isn't a problem. Thanks so much.