Re: 1992 Escort - electrical issues?
Lets see if I have this right:
1: No rear tail lamps
2: Right side Inst. Panel lamps go off when you signal Right.
3: Left side Inst. Panel lamps don't work at all
4: Lighter socket dead.
Is that correct? Do the Brake lights and front park lamps work? I'll assume yes
since you didn't mention them. Do the lights on the radio and heater controls come on?
It sounds like you checked the fuses. I think the 92 Escort had a fuse panel under the
hood also, take a look. Also, what do you "wiggle" when the lights go off on the inst.
Symptom 1: First check the bulbs (just replace them, they are old anyway and
inexpensive). While you are doing that look into the sockets, look for any corrosion
inside. Also look for loose wires in that area. If new bulbs don't fix it and there
are no obvious problems, you'll need to dig deeper.
Symptom 2and 3: This sounds like it could be a loose connector on the back of the
instrument cluster (the panel that contains the speedometer and gauges). The cluster
needs to come out to check this.
Symptom 4: Either a blown fuse, or defective lighter socket. If the previous owner
was a smoker the socket could be filled with debris and dirt causing a poor connection.
Hope this helps, Tom