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#51 of 138 1991 Ford Escort GT need some advice
Jan 28, 2008 (10:01 pm)
My brother n law owns a 1991 ford escort 1.8L GT and we are having a problem fixing it. Recently it had been running with very little power (i.e when going up hill it lost power and slowed the car down drastically). We were working on it, pulled the distributor cap off, noticed that the contacts on the cap were dirty, scraped them and put the dist. cap back on. Before we pulled the cap off it was running, just with little power. When we put the cap back on, it stopped running. Today we replaced the cap and well....you guessed it, the engine is turning over now...it just won't finish firing up. Anyone have any suggestions on what it could be?
#52 of 138 Re: escort tail lights dash lights number plate lights dont work tried everythi [droitwich88]
Jan 29, 2008 (7:07 am)
Hi, the problem is in the stalk/indicator assembly, you can get a used one for £15 or £30 for a new one. My advice is get the new one as it might be cheaper in the long run,I got a used one but that is playing up a bit so I`ll get a new one now.
They`re really easy to fit,get a dumpy scewdriver to undo the stalk and a small "star" bit for the housing if I remember correct,the electrics are on plugs,just unplug,dead easy.Another good tip,find which fuse it uses and take it out before fitting and replace afterwards (I blew mine twice).
Dave (Everton fan)
#53 of 138 Re: 1991 Ford Escort Wagon "Only half the dashboard lights up" [elmasto]
Jan 29, 2008 (5:38 pm)
I noted your post of June 3 2007 and I didn't see any reply...
Last night,I lost the left half of my dash lights and have been all over the web looking for a stright answer.....Did you ever get one ? ....
#54 of 138 No dashlights & Heater is wierd
Mar 13, 2008 (7:26 pm)
Fall 2007: I noticed my dash lights were getting pretty dim, and eventually they went out completely. They haven't worked at all for close to six months now. My interior light isn't working either but I went to a shop and they said the "button" on the door just needed to be replaced. Ok, I can handle that. However, about 2 months ago, I had to replace my ignition switch as well. I would turn the car OFF and then take the key OUT of the ignition and the car acted like it was trying to start!! OMG! The only way I could NOT have it happen till I get it to the shop was to leave the keys in the ignition in the off position, and I think I may have had to leave it in neutral and put the emergency break up to stop it from moving. (luckily I live in a quiet safe area...relatively). So NOW my heater is acting really weird too. About a month ago my heater was on full blast because NY weather SUCKS and is very cold often....and the heater just totally cut out. I turned it off and then back on again and eventually, it came on, but in it's own time. It's been doing this on and off since then, but this past week, it stopped working for 3 days solid, which is putting a crimp in seeing out my front window on frosty mornings when I need to get to work. So I took it back in to the shop and had plugs and wires sone up and asked them to take a look at it. Heater started right up. That was yesterday afternoon. This morning I got in the car again...to NO heater. GRRRRRRRRRRR I'm just trying to baby my car up to make it last and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas what this could be all about. The AC hasn't worked since my front end collision 4 years ago, but everything like the radiator and front end is virtually new now...I think that may just need a charge. I had the battery checked and cleaned off as much surface corrosion as I could. Battery is fine according to a professional battery guage.
Any sugestions are welcome!
#55 of 138 Re: No dash lights [davef7]
Mar 25, 2008 (9:18 am)
The fuse box itself could be the problem but that's rare. All owners of older Escorts need to check to see if the heater core under the dash is leaking little drips of fluid which drips down and shorts out at wire connectors. Of course the main computer can go out but that is rare.
#56 of 138 97 Escort wagon electical drain. Fan stays on, etc.
Mar 25, 2008 (9:46 am)
The Escort motor ran ok but cool according to the gauges. Changed the two temp senders near the thermostat and changed the thermostat because the thermostat gasket had deteriorated. The fan that was staying on when the engine was shut off even if the engine was cool required a new fan relay, but we put in a used one because new ones are $165. Still had an electrical drain somewhere causing a dead battery. As a test we switched out the main computer and no change so put the old computer back.
The problem turned out to be a SMALL LEAK FROM THE HEATER CORE under the dash dripping little drops of liqiud onto one of the multiple wire connectors under the dash, causing a short or multiple shorts. Big hassle to get to the heater core. Heater core is $45 new but to change it requires a dash pull out. You'll need also the foam gasket that goes around the heater core cause the other one is hard to reuse.
Of course there are other potential causes like other worn out switches, relays, connectors, and I've heard of bad fuse boxes.
#57 of 138 1995 Ford Escot Wagon
Mar 31, 2008 (11:00 am)
My car has had just about everything imaginable replaced on it & then it just died. My mechanic has given up on it because he has checked everything & cannot figure out why it won't run. It is an electrical problems but the codes are limited & he has checked to no avail. does anyone have any ideas? he said all the parts work fine but something electrical is preventing it from starting. Its funny because I drove it to the shop, it was giving us problems, like dying in the middle of the highway, no slope, level ground, just dies. it did it repeatedly & so many things were repaired but nothing has worked this time. I really need to fix this car. Please help me. Thanks.
#58 of 138 Driving me Wacky Escort Electrical
Apr 20, 2008 (7:57 pm)
95 Escort starts
has wipers front and rear
cooling fan works
power windows work
wagon tailgate open light is on constantly
brake, signal lights
all fuses good no sign of relays burnt
#59 of 138 93 Ford Escort wire diagram?
Apr 22, 2008 (8:25 am)
I am wondering where I can find a wiring diagram for a 93 ford escort. I am currently having problems of a fuse blowing that runs the fuel pump. Also if anyone knows any other cause for it to blow the fuse other than a bare wire touching metal it would be appreciated.
#60 of 138 Escort door problems!
May 02, 2008 (6:10 am)
Hi, thanks before hand to whoever is reading!
Recently had a smash on my, 1.4 ford escort lx (1997). The doors were destroyed, when the insurance came through, i bought another 1.6 ford escort zetec (ghia 1998.
I decided to change the doors, when realizing they where electric windows/mirror
central locking was what i already had!, didnt have the other 2
I first stripped the floor from the 1.6 version and got the cable that runs throught bringing power to the doors. the problem is, that once i connected it all properly onto my other ford. I connected the window switches( the windows dont work), connected the mirror switches , those dont work either .. neither does the central locking .. which used to work before i took the doors out!... what could it be!
i checked the fuses, put the 4 doors on just incase there was a broken circuit if the doors wernt all connected.. but nothing .. if theres somthing ive done wrong .. any connections that must be on to work... please let me know
if anybody could possibly help please do so .. as i realllyy dont know what to do anymore!