Category Archive: Ford / Escort

Ford Escort GL Computer Problems

Car Information:
Ford Escort GL
Year: 1988
Engine Size: 1.9L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
What can cause a car to run smooth one day & the next two weeks run erratic & stall through the whole driving range & at Idle, then run another day as if nothing was ever wrong & the following two weeks be crap? Put scanner on it & in the KOEO test 1: active memory, this gives system pass (code 11) then stored memory spits out 2 trouble codes (33 & 34), so I turned the key off & ended scanner and scanner test. I re-did test. 20 seconds later, test 2: active memory, system pass/stored memory: it spits out 6 totally different trouble codes from eca unable to store live memory. The EGR is not open, EGR is closed, EGR sensors voltage too high & too low, to temp sensor voltage out of range. In the 3rd test after 20 seconds, it gives a system pass in active & stored memory I had an extra eca & hooked it up but the car still does the same thing. So I’m lost. Please help.

Answer:
If carbon holds an EGR open, it can cause a very intermittent rough idle problem. EGR or computer is all that’s coming to mind.

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Ford Escort Problems

Car Information:
Ford Escort
Year: 1999
Engine Size: 2.0L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
When the car is cold there are no problems. After the car has been running for 15 minutes the problems below are quite apparent.

When I stop engaging the gas pedal, either coasting or braking (RPMs fall), the car putters/starts to die and the oil and battery light flash. If I give it more gas it will bring the car back. I have had the car die on me multiple times while I’m coasting down the street. After the car dies the brakes are a lot harder to push and are less responsive (Vacuum issue?). Research online suggest that this could be an Oil Pressure Sensor Problem, what do you guys make of it?

-Thanks for the Advice and a Great show,.

Answer:
Wow! Oil pressure problem? If that was the case I would expect the engine to be knocking real loud.

I would suspect a restricted idle air passage or bad Idle speed control motor, or either a bad vacuum leak somewhere on the engine.

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Escort Check Engine Light

Car Information:
Ford Escort LX
Year: 1993
Engine Size: 1.9
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The transmission of my escort won’t take the second shift if I don’t let it warm up, but if I let it work normal. It turns on the check engine light and 5 minutes after that it disappear.

Answer:
It has hard seals most likely due for an overhaul, you may want to try some smart lube additive it may help soften the seals.

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No Second Gear

Car Information:
Ford/Escort LX
Year: 1993
Engine Size: 1.9
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The transmission of my escort doesn’t want to take the second shift if I don’t let it warm up. Afterwards, it turns on the check engine light which turns off after 5 minutes.

Answer:
It has hard seals and is most likely due for an overhaul. You may want to try some smart lube additive. It may help soften the seals.

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