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Something with the brakes
You may have a seized brake caliper or a hose holding pressure to the brake caliper. You will need to isolate the failure by opening the bleeder on the caliper of the wheel that is seized and see if wheel...
Need an engine
You should be looking for a 1998 Ford Escort 2.0 SOHC motor. This is what I typed in to search for the motor you listed for the 1998 Ford Escort 2.0 with 8th digit a P. There are several hundred...
Non stop jerking when gas pedal is pressed to floor
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1999 Ford Escort. You may have to have the vehicle checked for misfires. You could have a bad coil pack putting out weak spark or the fuel pressure is low. It would...
the headlights low beams wont turn on but the high beams will
Hi, thanks for writing in about your 1997 Ford Escort. I recommend checking the fuses and bulbs. There may be separate low beam and high beam fuses on your model. If the fuses and bulbs are good, the dimmer/turn signal...
Blue smoke coming from exhaust
Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1985 Ford Escort. You may have bad oil control rings or valve seals on the intake valves leaking. Try to make sure the PCV system is serviced and is clean to not...
drilled hole in fuel breather
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2001 Ford Escape. Your fuel tank vapors are escaping and tank fuel will evaporate faster and the engine will not be able to use the vapor during cruise conditions. This may lead...
if the AC compressor is seized can the belt smoke when it is turned on?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If a serpentine belt goes around an a/c compressor clutch pulley and the compressor is locked up, it is okay to have the belt as long as the a/c compressor clutch is not activated....
Misfire caused bad o2 sensor?
As you may know the oxygen sensors which are part of your emissions system read exhaust gases to determine whether or not the appropriate amount of oxygen is present in the exhaust. Based upon this reading, this information is relayed...
car truns over but wont start getting gas
You need to have the vehicle checked by scanning for codes that may point to the possible cause. It sounds like the crankshaft sensor may have been damaged when the pulley broke. If you need further assistance diagnosing your cars...
Transmission falling out of gear, hesitates to shift.
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle is experiencing some sort of serious transmission issue. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by many things. A few probable causes are a bad shift solenoid, speed...
My car started cutting out after driving for a little while?
Hi, thanks for writing in. If the car had been sitting for 9 months, there may be a good chance of it having something as simple as bad fuel or bad spark plugs. I would recommend starting with a basic...
Car doesnt start or stalls out quickly
A lot of times on older Ford four-cylinder engines, the problem is mechanical. In most cases, (if your engine is the 1.9L fuel injected model) the issue of stalling out or having difficulty starting is related to the throttle body...
My alternator is failing could that cause my air conditioner to stop working
Hello. If your alternator is failing, this can cause many electronics in your vehicle to quit working. This includes the engine, the air conditioning, the radio, the windows, etc. Also, many warning lights can appear on the dash when the...
Can a bad alternator cause the car to jerk loose power
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2000 Ford Escort. It does sound like the alternator is not charging but this would need to be tested to make sure it is in face the alternator at fault and not wiring...
Is it safe for me to drive around with no muffler, while always having the windows down?
It is never safe to drive with the muffler removed and the exhaust not exiting the vehicle out the back. You should not wait too long before getting it repaired. Remember that carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas....
i just got my first car and i turned the key into lock and now i cant turn the key at all
Now that the key is locked, is the steering wheel locked as well? You may be able to jar the lock loose by wiggling the steering wheel and key at the same time to disengage the locking mechanism. Do not...
Car chokes when accelerating and when at a stop
Hi there. Based on the events you have described, finding another mechanic would be recommended. Your vehicle choking could be the result of a bad fuel pressure regulator, but I would not recommend replacing anything else until the vehicle is...
Engine belt keeps coming off in the rain and car doesn't start
Hello. It sounds like you are having an issue with one of the pulleys being out of adjustment or one of the bearings in the pulley going bad causing it to wobble and finally come off when it gets slick....
Failed compression test
Hi there. First, a compression test will only check the cylinder for pressure build up during cranking and test the rings. To verify that the valves are really leaking, hook up a leak down tester to the engine and pressurize...
$500 Car - 1986 Ford Escape
A car that only costs $500 could possibly have a lot of problems that would cost more than the value of the car for only one repair. You may want to take a chance to purchase the vehicle as is...

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