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Old 03-26-2014, 03:09   #1 (permalink)
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Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

I just bought a 1998 ford escort and am getting it ready to have it inspected.

For some reason at idle it has a vibration, and it vibrates more one second then smoothes out a little then vibrates more for a second then smoothes out a little.

It vibrates worse when I have driven it longer.

It's got a brand new timing belt, air filter, spark plug wires, spark Plugs, PCV valve.

Anyone have any idea on what it could be ?.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:19   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

Checked cyl compressions ?
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No, I haven't checked that.
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Old 03-26-2014, 14:43   #4 (permalink)
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Worth checking .Could also double check timing belt set up correctly .
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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

Cracked or broken motor/transmission mounts can give you a lot of vibration at idle. It seems to be fairly common on the escorts.
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Old 03-27-2014, 16:04   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

^ x2 . That is a very common cause that I thought of initially and could be the fault .But then I was put off by " For some reason at idle it has a vibration, and it vibrates more one second then smoothes out a little then vibrates more for a second then smoothes out a little. " which made me think of an engine imbalance for whatever reason causing it .But you may well be right , certainly worth checking if it's not an engine miss that's causing it .
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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

Ok. I just pulled over to the side of the road while idling with the vibration, then I decided to put it in neutral and the vibration pretty much went away. What would that mean?.
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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

Probably not a lot as the revs increase in neutral .Check no vac/air pipes leaking .
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I've checked for vacuum leaks. There's none.
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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

Does it fell as though the transmission is trying to engage?
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