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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....
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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....
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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...
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Catalytic converter rust repair? 2003 Ford Escort
Hello - the short answer is that repairing the case of a catalytic converter is not a good idea. With your mileage, the catalyst is likely at a very low efficiency point in its life. Also, the evidence of rust...
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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....
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Car started to slow down and then the check engine light, battery, and engine oil light came on. What could cause this?
Hi there. It is possible that the battery cable came loose or the wires to the oil pressure sensor has came loose or failed. Check the battery cables and make sure that the terminals are tight and clean. Check the...
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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...
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$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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Will they do labor only? I have my own new parts.
A mechanic from YourMechanic can install your parts for you on a labor only basis. The warranty policy does not cover any failures due to any part installed that is customer supplied. You will need to list each and every...
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Car stalled out while driving, and can't get it to turn over - 1998 Ford Escort
Hi there. Sometimes the best way to find a problem with starting is to simplify the situation. It looks like you've checked all the major issues that help a motor start, but you might want to inspect the throttle body...
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P0118 - Need help!! 2002 Ford Escort
Hello - the P0118 problem code indicates that the engine computer is not getting a good signal from the coolant temp sensor. Since you have replaced the temp sensor, the problem may be with the wiring to the sensor -...
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Problem with fuel gauge - 2000 Ford Escort
Hello. There are a few issues you are going to need to look into, and go through until you find the real issue. You can start by scanning the vehicle for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. This may or may not give...
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Serpentine belt constantly slips off
Hi. Most likely there is something out of alignment in your pulley system causing the belt to come off. The first thing to inspect would be the idler pulley. Remove the belt and check if the pulley wobbles. If so,...
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Putting back brakes on all new of course but now I can't get the drum back on. It's like something holding it back to slide on easy
Hello. A common problem when rebuilding rear drum brakes is that the brake cylinder has too much air or fluid in it causing the brake shoes to be pushed too far out. Then the brake drum won't go back on...
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I have a 1999 Ford Escort. It will start but won't come out of park unless the ignition lights come on?
Hi there. The most likely cause, for the problem you are experiencing is a faulty ignition switch. Another possibility, is a faulty shift interlock solenoid or faulty brake light switch keeping the shift handle in the park position. I recommend...
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Not getting enough fuel car will not run right. It stalls when you give it gas and stalls when it's running. It's a 1984 Ford Escort.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Several early 80's Ford's swapped from carburetor to fuel injected engines; including your '84 Ford Escort. However, there were two different fuel systems available that year. If your Escort has the fuel injected engine,...
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How do I replace the water pump housing gasket?
The water pump on your car is bolted directly to the engine block. The only housing is the water pump itself. To fix your leak, you will need to replace the water pump and timing belt. The water pump is...
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Should the fuel shutoff switch move when pressed?
The fuel shut off is an inertia type switch that will pop up the trip button and disconnect power to the fuel pump. It is normally pushed down and will not move when in the operating position. The button will...
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Diffference between driver side and passanger side cv axle - 2001 ford escort zx2?
The drivers side axle will have a male end on the CV joint with a retainer clip that goes into the transaxle. The passenger side has a female end on the inner CV joint. Both axles outer CV joints have...
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Temperature gauge maxed out
If the temperature gauge is pegged all the time, the problem is electrical. While the issue could be with the gauge or wiring, the most likely cause is a failed temperature sending unit. The sending unit is located to the...

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