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#137 of 176 Re: 1994 Escort wagon Wont start [lardog3]
Sep 03, 2010 (11:55 am)
we are having the same kind of issue as we speak . maybe since then you've had some progress that might help us out. we are leaning towards electrical short of some type because car was running just fine only we took it in to find out why our a/c wasn't working and while engine was running the mechanic was checking under the hood all the power and checking for electrical failure and while test something on drivers side near electrical box the car cut off (not stall) on its own. when we tried to restart it wouldn't even catch a spark. then we went through similar process as you did.we replaced fuses, fuel filter and theres fuel pressure, and spark plugs are good, any ideas?
#138 of 176 Found one part,still need another
Sep 20, 2010 (2:35 pm)
Since it's been two months already, my car still sits at the mechanics. Thank God he doesn't charge me. I found one part in Alabama. But need a second one. NO ONE HAS IT. Just called AL again and they tried a search for the second one. No luck.
If you can find someone in the junk yard with the part, please let me know, since I've been told they don't keep parts like valves. But that was one Auto Wrecker in the area. It is a fuel vapor valve or fuel tank vent valve, part # FOCZ9B593B for a 91 Ford Escort. I would hate to junk my car because of a stupid valve. Somebody has to have a solution. AL is sending me a photo of what they call part #9B593. Hopefully that will help me find it on ebay. Good Luck with your cars and I'll let you know what happens.
#139 of 176 2000 ford station wagon
Oct 06, 2010 (3:57 am)
I have a 2000 ford focus 5 door wagon. Had problems driving would not go above 30 miles per hour. Took it to dealer, and was told there is a problem in 2000 wagons and I had to pay $250.00 to fix it, or $2500.00 to replace engine. I was told there is no recall issued on it, and that a possible fix to the problem was to paint the inside for $250.00 or replace engine for $2500.00. Does not make sense to me, and that the problem is known, but the company did not take action, and notify the owners of the car of a possible problem under the hood. Has anyone else had this problem?
#140 of 176 Re: 2000 ford station wagon [focus2001]
Oct 06, 2010 (9:27 am)
Paint the inside of what? Sounds like BS to me, but all I can do is speculate without any other stories to corroborate what you were told.
Oct 22, 2010 (12:46 pm)
I bought my mothers 1999 escort SOHV 2.0.It has a weird noise from the engine that gets faster with rpms.sometimes it goes away but if you rev it up it comes back and starts smoking.Smoking is coming from an oil leak that I noticed around the block and bellhousing.The oil that is leaking has metal flakes in it,so I'm sure it's not good. Was wandering if it has dropped a valve,I seen all kinds of post for that problem. Car still runs and is not locked up.
#142 of 176 Re: Motor noise [wannarun]
Oct 22, 2010 (1:17 pm)
If you can describe the "weird" noise, maybe someone can offer some insight!
Where on the block? Is it literally seeping from the joint between the block & bell housing? If so, it may be a rear main seal that has gone out. Main seals are always a bit of a pain, but on a little engine like this, it would be a day job to replace the seal.
The question is whether or not it is worth it given the other issue! First thing: drain the oil and look at the contents - are you seeing a large metal content? Perhaps do an oil analysis (about $25.00) to get an accounting of the chemical content and oil health / engine health. Maybe cut the casing off the oil filter and look at the filter media surface to see if there are a flakes caught there as well.
#143 of 176 Thermostate Housing bolt failed
Oct 25, 2010 (9:48 am)
I wanted to change the thermostat on my 97 Escort. Head of the bolt popped off.
M6 bolt, slightly under designed. There three bolts, so I decide to stop, suspect the other two will fail also. Before I attempt to proceed I wanted to find out if anyone had a similar experience and any success removing the failed bolt.
#144 of 176 Re: Thermostate Housing bolt failed [sgmay]
Oct 25, 2010 (1:51 pm)
I managed to get the bolts off of mine, but two of the three were heavily corroded, so I replaced them all when I reinstalled the housing. If you are lucky at all, the broken stud will have an 1/8" or more of material sticking out of the block. I would put some penetrating oil in it for a day or two, then try to back it out with a vice grip. If that fails, you'll likely have to drill it and try using a stud extractor.
#145 of 176 01 Escort random dying problem and rough idle.
Nov 12, 2010 (6:22 pm)
My ford escort starts fine and quickly, I had a problem in the past where it would stutter and shake real bad and then turn off and wouldn't turn on at all after that.
Had a friend look at my car, we replaced the fuel pump, fuel pump regulator that is in the trunk on the side wall and the car started up and hasn't seen that problem again.
Over the last 2 or 3 weeks my car has been randomly shutting off mid drive. At first it was once every 4-5 days, then it turned into once everytime I left whether it was to down the street and back.
I don't know much about cars, but I can tell you it has not shut off unless the thermostat was in the middle so it has always been warmed up never turned off while it was still cold.
It could be shutting down after a certain amount of miles driven because it died on me at the same exact spot twice now from leaving home to get food, same intersection same place...
The car also shakes a LOT when its idle, idles very rough but is very smooth once you use the gas, I've replaced the motor mounts and have got a tune up recently although I'm not sure if I trust the place that did it for me, the motor mounts I saw were replaced though.
List of very recent work done on the car:
Fuel filter (just the other day thinking this might of been the problem)
Fuel Pump Regulator
#146 of 176 Re: 01 Escort random dying problem and rough idle. [denzz]
Nov 12, 2010 (7:42 pm)
If it doesn't do it until the car is warmed up, it is a sensor issue associated with "open loop" versus "closed loop" status. In other words, when the car is cold, it operates in a closed loop status meaning the car runs off preset operating parameters. Once it is warmed up, it goes to open loop, meaning it uses feedback from various sensors, such as the oxygen sensors, to adjust the combustion mixture, timing, etc, to optimize the vehicle's economy and emissions.
If one of those components is not working properly, it will throw the whole system into disarray.
I am curious, when it stalls, is it as simple as working fine to shut off, no other symptoms, or does it run rough, stutter, etc. before hand and then culminate in a stall?
For you rough idling, it may be the knock sensor. I had a Subaru Outback that would do that when first started, but seemed fine once you gave it some gas. I ended up replacing the camshaft, crankshaft, and knock sensors simultaneously (the computer threw a code for the knock sensor and camshaft sensors, if I recall correctly), and that was like getting a new car. It solved an array of problems I was having at the time.
Is your CEL illuminated? If so, beg, borrow, or buy a code reader to get the code list for further diagnosis! You could save yourself a lot of guess-work.