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Old 01-02-2013, 06:08   #1 (permalink)
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1991 Ford Escort Loud Engine

All of a sudden, in the past 2 days, the engine on my '91 Ford Escort is really loud. I have added oil the past two weeks, and filled up on coolant. It's 110,000 miles. The engine is loud on start up and accelleration.

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Old 01-02-2013, 06:33   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1991 Ford Escort Loud Engine

Hard to diagnose what you mean by " loud " . Could be exhaust , exhaust manifold , gasket etc. or a engine rattle or rumble .
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Re: 1991 Ford Escort Loud Engine

Sound seems to be right under the Engine. There's a slight rumble when I take my foot off the pedal.
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Sounds like it may be big end bearing rattle / rumble . Possibly due to mileage , low oil and coolant .
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Do you get the noise when you rev the engine ?
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Initially, when I sped up on the highway the noise would just go away. Now, when I start up, and rev, and drive, the noise is there and loud.
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Re: 1991 Ford Escort Loud Engine

Just to clear things up , you now get the heavy noise when stationary / not moving and revving engine ? If so , sounds as suggested , big end bearings . Without hearing it really hard to advise . Other possible causes if not the engine could be broken engine or transmission mounting letting engine " kick ", jump about .Could also see if noise still there when clutch depressed .
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"Just to clear things up , you now get the heavy noise when stationary / not moving and revving engine?"

Yes.

I'll try that out.

Anything else to try or look at?
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Re: 1991 Ford Escort Loud Engine

When driving with this noise, I do get a smell in the car. It's enough that I have to crack the window.

This is probably unrelated, but I'll throw it out there anyway since I don't know much about cars... The lights on my dash have gone out about a month ago, but only on the dash where the speedometer is, etc... The radio area, inside top lights and everything else is fine.
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Could I have put too much oil in? I checked the oil a minute ago and it's past the range.
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