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Old 10-19-2003, 22:50   #1 (permalink)
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cool hey everybody 98 escort problems/questions!

ok here i go. im a newbie! just joined not long ago. My girl has a 98 escort se and its pretty cool a nice ride. anyway, to get to the point, here are some problems.

first, the check coolant orange light on her dash came up about a week ago. normally thats just the low coolant light that trips from the low coolant sensor right? anyways, i ended up checking the coolant when it was cold int he radiator and in the reservoir. both were fine and had plenty of coolant. so i thought it might just be the sensor. the car doesnt overheat, act funny, or anything like that seems liek its fine. just the light comes on. my questions are what causes this light to come on and how hard is it to fix. im thinking its the low coolant sensor but where is this located at? int he radiator? coolant reservoir? how hard is it to replace? how much is it? i know ford has it but what about autozone, advanced, pep boys, napa? i hope its not major just osmething minor. thanks

ok the next problem, i just got her new wheels and tires to put on the car in place of the stockies (chrome ford hubcaps) originally the tires were 185/65/14 the stock size of the wheels. we got 16" ADR RYVER G6 wheels for her car. im nott sure if you have heard of them but a pic can be seen at http://www.adrwheels.com/php/aw.view...s.large/86.jpg except they are the silver ones. anyway the 16s are 16x7. the wheels are 7 inches wide and i got the yokohama avs es100 tires to put on them. the size is 205/45-16 the correct size that compares to the stock size tires. they are just wirder to accomodate for the 16x7 inch rim. so the tires are about 7 inches wide. anyways heres the main problem. got the wheels mounted to tires balanced and put on the car. every one looks good and fits good. except when you drive the car, the right rear (passenger rear) makes a rubbing noise when makeing fast left turns and hitting hard bumps. it doesnt sound good and rubs pretty hard. also when there is a lot of weight in the back say 300+ lbs of people, the tire rubs constantly when driving slow or fast. i checked the clearance and it looks ok and i dont understand why it makes this damn rubbing noise. it only does it on the passsenger side not the drivers side. there is only about a half inch clearance from the inside of the tire to where the shock is on the car. this is the same on both rears but the only one that is making noise is the passenger one. do any of you guys have the newer escorts 97+ with 16s or 17s even at that with maybe 205/45-16 tires and 16x7 wheels and have had any prolbmes ast all. mayb some problems comparable to mine? it shouldnt make this noise and im for sure of that. im also pretty sure that it is not hte wheels and tires otherwise the drivers side should do it also. the stockies never made the noise but they are also skinnier by a big margin. im sorry for the long post but i really need your guys help i didnt know anywhere else to ask. also it seems like it actually is hitting the rear quarterpanel the part that shapes in a semicircle for the inner well part. it seems like its either hitting htat when hitting bumps or the shock itself due to the small width clearance. i hope someone can help me. will an alignment help it hought about that and also wheel spacers?? where can i get these and how much are they and how would i put htem on for sure. i hope its nothing major just needs to be fixed. thanks everyone please help!
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Re: hey everybody 98 escort problems/questions!

Clearance, have you pulled the wheels off and looked into wheel wells, if it rubs as you say, you will see where it has been rubbing, if it doesnt stand out, it may even rub on the strut towers.

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i havent pulled the wheel off yet but by looking with the wheels still on its not hitting the wheel well. like i said its only doing it on the passenger rear not both weird. i think it might be rubbing on the strut tower because its really close to the tire or the quarter panel i have to check some more.
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If it is the quarter panel, if you get a fair size piece of wood and a jack, and then carefully pump the guard out with the jack between the inner guard and the piece of wood, if done carefully and slowly you can gain the increase to stop rubbing without causing the paint to crack or split. I managed this on my old TC Cortina, whithout damaging the paint, you have to pump it further than you want, as it does flex back.

DO THE ABOVE WITH EXTREME CARE - it is a high possibility you may split or crack the paint.

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pump it out as in out to the right more or up more? like up for more clearance or out to clear the tire?
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Out to clear the tyre, so you make space under quarter panel bigger, if you do one side, then do other so it all looks the same :0).

The aim of the exercise is to make the guard move out, while still looking original, so as I say take care, the metal on the old TC was quite thick so was a solid thing to move, your metal may be thinner, so take care.

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Old 10-20-2003, 00:01   #7 (permalink)
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yea i understand what your saying. that iwll be the last resort though i need to try everything else first. the stock tire seemed to stick out about the same no different i mean the stock tire and the new ones are the same size all except for rim size and the width but the width doesnt account to the outside of the car but more to the inside of the car you know. and it only does it on the one side the passenger not the driver. doesnt make sense to me you know. thanks for the thelp
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