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#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.
#394 of 432 Re: Disconnecting the Service Engine Light [dturner857]
Jul 17, 2006 (6:02 pm)
All you need to do is unhook both battery cables and hold them together without touching the battery for 30 seconds and this will re-set the vehicle computer and clear the light. You may need to pull off the side of the road right before you get it inspected if it has a history of coming back on. Hope this helps
Jul 18, 2006 (3:47 am)
After months of searching, you've given me hope! I will try it and see how long it takes before the sensor picks up the speedometer and then gauge it accordingly for the inspection.
#396 of 432 Re: Disconnecting the Service Engine Light [dturner857]
Aug 23, 2006 (3:47 pm)
The problem is your speed sensor has gone bad. This will cause your light to come right back on if don't fix it. That price for connecting the code scanner is beyond ridiculous. A code scanner can be had for under $100, with manual.
#397 of 432 Re: Can anybody help? Water leak inside car [bae146]
Sep 02, 2006 (9:57 am)
Thanks, I took your advice. I wasn't sure where to drill at, so I took my best guess. This problem had been giving me fits for two years and all it was was a simple drill and silicone.
#398 of 432 Just Checking in - I love my Escort Wagon!
Apr 29, 2007 (9:03 pm)
I find the Escort Wagon to be a great utility vehicle for people who don't want a gas-guzzling SUV. My Dark Green 99 Escort Wagon is the "Designated Dog Hauling Car". That way the other family cars stay relatively hair-free. Also it is the one car that dog and cat crates fit into quite nicely. We bought it used in 2001.
It now has close to 120K on it but it still has plenty of zip for passing and drives nicely on the highway. It still looks good - the body has held up well. We did have to replace the back [shocks/springs?] due to overloading it a few too many times.
The only thing that could use upgrading is the speakers. They are a bit cheap sounding, so perhaps they'll be replaced one of these days.
I just wanted to check in with other Escort Wagon owners - it's not a car that gets much attention but since we've had it we find it to be a great dog-hauling, grocery-getting, all-around utility vehicle.
#399 of 432 Re: Just Checking in - I love my Escort Wagon! [maryaw]
Apr 30, 2007 (4:22 am)
Don't ya love it when you find a vehicle that does the "job". Welcome to the forums!
#400 of 432 93 ford escort wagon fuel cut off switch
May 10, 2007 (3:02 am)
I have a 93 ford escort. it is pretty rusty and the back end bounces around quite a bit. This is causing the fuel cut off switch to go on and the car will stall. How do I bypass that switch? My mechanic said he was not legally allowed to disable it for liability reasons, but I can't drive it unless I am able to disable it.
#401 of 432 91 Escort wagon: Seat belt passive?
Jun 03, 2007 (10:09 am)
on my 91 5 spd escort wagon, the central seat belt just seems to come out loose when you pull it, [slowly or jerk it out]. Every once in a while, it engages when turning on curves or braking...but that is every once in a while. Is this the same among the wagons, or do your seat belts engage easily when pulling hard (the diagonal one, not the lap ones). If it is problematic, do you think it ie electrical or what?
Thanks a lot
#402 of 432 93 Escort Wagon appears to be overheating
Aug 21, 2007 (1:16 pm)
I have a 93 1.9L Escort wagon that appears to be overheating. I had a Ford mechanic tell me it need to run between 195 Degrees and 225 Degrees for the computer to work right. I checked the block with a non-contact thermometer and it's reading 223, but the temp gauge is red-lining. I have replace the temp sending sensor, the cooling fan relay, and the cooling fan itself, but none of it helped. Can anyone tell me why the gauge is saying it's getting hot when it's not? And what can I do about it?