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Old 11-05-2013, 05:47   #1 (permalink)
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Help! I've been having a problem with a rough idle now for awhile. When ever I'm at a red light the car runs really rough, so much so that I'll put it in neutral and it pretty much smooths out. I had the engine replaced in Aug 2013 (used engine) and at times it seems worse now. We replaced the plugs and wires and still rough. If you stand outside the car it sounds great, running smooth, you get in and it's virbrating in park and louder then normal, neutral, not bad, drive,(foot on brake) ROUGH, and the steering wheel vibrating like crazy! Any ideas?? I've taken it back to the shop and they say all the codes check out.
I bought the car in April 2012 with 70k and it ran great! You had to really listen to make sure it was running. In the winter when I turned on the heat it would run rough, everyone said that was normal. After the winter it continued to run a little rough and has progressively gotten worse! Don't know if that has anything to do with it, also April 2013 it was rear ended while parked, put a hole in the bumper but that's it
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What engine is in car ?
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Shouldn't run rough when heat turned on .If engine noisy it could be exhaust / manifold leaking or other possible causes .Did the shop that fitted the engine not see the faults you mention when you returned the car ? Check for any hoses or vac pipes leaking .Check or clean MAF sensor .If still not right , check compressions . Check that rear end bump has not damaged exhaust , restricting flow .Could also check engine mounts for vibration .
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Thanks, I'll be bringing it back again and having them check these things. Usually I go from my house to the shop,(less then a block) and it's not acting up yet. This time I'm gonna drive the car for a bit before I bring it in
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Short trips like that can foul up the plugs and doesn't help the engine . A good , longer , fast run getting the car up to working temp can clear the cobwebs in the engine and help the running .
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Escorts are notorious for vibrations at idle. Most noticeable in the steering wheel. I would recommend neutralizing the motor mounts and look at them very carefully to make sure they are not grounding out. Good place to start since the motor was just changed.


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No that's just to the repair shop, I drive about 10-12 miles to where I work
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Escorts are notorious for vibrations at idle. Most noticeable in the steering wheel. I would recommend neutralizing the motor mounts and look at them very carefully to make sure they are not grounding out. Good place to start since the motor was just changed.


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How do you do that just loosen up the motor mounts and shift through gears? I have been living with this on my manual transmission. It wouldn't take much for me to cheat on this car..
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Ya pretty much. Just trying to get the assembly to sit in a better spot. Again make sure to look close at the mounts. If look worn,sagging,dry rotted,ect just replace them. Hope it helps.


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