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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-26-14, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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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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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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Re: Weird vibration issue in my 1998 Escort. Please help.

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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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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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?

Ever notice that there's so many high performance parts available for GM products?

Did you ever think that maybe they NEED them?
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