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Car Repair Question.. '93 Ford Escort

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Chuck P., Mar 17, 2005.

  1. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers

    Hoping someone can help me out.

    1993 Ford Escort LXE. 218,000 miles..

    5 speed manual - 4 cyl. 2.2 (I think ?)


    Problem:

    Stalls out at Idle.

    Cold start: Idle is high (normal). After she warms up a little, the idle just goes south.

    Come to a stop, motor dies or comes really, really close. Usually dies though.

    While you're driving, motor acts/feels normal and the car is still getting about 30 mpg!


    Any ideas? So far I've "heard" it could be a lot of things from a vaccum leak to a burnt valve. Planning on tearin' it up this weekend but I wanna tear up what needs tore up...Know what I mean?

    ;) TIA...
     
  2. I have a 95 that did that too... It was a vac leak... cost me under 2 bucks fix
    Let me know if that helps... GOOD LUCK
     

  3. Is the eng. light on in the dash? More than likely its a multi-port inj being a 2.2. In my expierence on working on them is that if u have a mass air-flow sensor on the air box hose it will give a false air flow reading at idle. means no fuel if no air sensed at idle. cure! Clean the throttle body with cleaner. The motor might be choked off at idle. Another 5 buck fix! :cool:
     
  4. crankus_maximus

    crankus_maximus Crankus Baitus Maximus

    I know its like apples and oranges.....but my 93 Dakota would have that problem and I found it to be a carbon build up in the throttle plate. Not sure if your car has one or not. It cost me $50.00 to fix it at a mechanic.
     
  5. I had a Ford Ranger with the same motor and I had the same problem. Ended up being the vacuum. Right in front of your radiator on the cross bar there is a diagram for the vacuum if not I am sure you can get it on-line. The hose that was off on my was on the driver side coming up to the bottom of the carb. I would check all of your vacuum first it will be the easiest and cheapest then go from them. Just me $.02. I am not a mechanic but have work on my Fords that is for sure.
     
  6. I still have the vac hose that leaked...
    You can see where it gave out and melted, it was located on the top of the motor..
    Here is the pic...
     

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  7. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers

    Thanks for the tips everyone.


    Looks like I'll be searching for a leak today. I only hope that's what it is and it only costs a buck or two to repair...


    Thanks again.
     
  8. I had a 93 with the same problem and it was a vaccum hose. I always start with the easiest and cheapest fix and then go from there. Good luck.
     
  9. I had a 2001 sable with a v-6 and I had to replace that same hose.
    Now thats what I call service! :D :D
     
  10. Unreal that such a small thing can become so major...
     
  11. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers

    Well....I don't think it's a good thing.. :(


    I was just tinkering with the car and I sprayed some carb cleaner around trying to find a vaccum leak and when the spray hit the area of the head gasket, the old girl revved up something crazy..

    Me thinks the head gasket is a goner. I'm going to try and tighten them a little, maybe I'll get lucky but I doubt it.. Time will tell....
     
  12. ohhhhhhhhhhh.... don't say that man :eek:
     
  13. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers


    Wish I didn't say that... It's a 1.9 Liter instead of a 2.something... I just looked online for a head gasket and those things are $80! :eek: :eek: I about fell off my chair...
     
  14. thats not bad some are alot more bro...
     
  15. shadowman

    shadowman Supreme Being

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    i suggest that if it is a head gasket that when you tear it down that you send the head out to be checked for cracks and warping.......thats to big a job to just slap a head gasket on and hope that cures it.......we find that 75% of the time when we send a head out they find either warping or hair line cracks.........if its warped they can shave it down but if it has a crack well......save some cash a head for that sar is 250 to 350.
     
  16. 'Rude Dog

    'Rude Dog 'Tusc River Rat

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    Might want to check the yards in your area for a good used motor if the head has gone south- might be cheaper, if you have the resources to pull the motor yourself ( could also check car part.com to get an idea of what those motas are going for) might be a lot less hassle that pulling the head, having it magnafluxed, planed, new valve seals, timing belt, etc. just my .02 worth !!!- 'Rude Dog
     
  17. IF I where u I think I would look at a new gasket before anything. U might have an intake or egr problem. The gasket ring will be next to the outside of the gasket if U where able to shoot it with either and notice a diff.
    Hope this helps! Tore a few down in 93! :rolleyes: :p