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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-05, 11:01 AM
ITAN
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1998 Ford Escort

My car is making a horrible squeeling noise. It normally happens when it's
warmed up &/or idling (or driving under 60 KMS). I've taken it to 2
mechanics & they've checked belts & transmission & couldn't tell me what
the problem was. I've now taken it to the Ford dealership & they've told
me it's my belts. I also have a problem with my VCT (variable cam timing)
soleniod bolt. The dealership is going to charge me approx. $1700 to do
this work. Is this accurate & what can I do if the squeeling noise isn't
fixed after this repair?



 
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-05, 12:01 PM
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Re: 1998 Ford Escort


"ITAN" <tanrentz@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> My car is making a horrible squeeling noise. It normally happens when it's
> warmed up &/or idling (or driving under 60 KMS). I've taken it to 2
> mechanics & they've checked belts & transmission & couldn't tell me what
> the problem was. I've now taken it to the Ford dealership & they've told
> me it's my belts. I also have a problem with my VCT (variable cam timing)
> soleniod bolt. The dealership is going to charge me approx. $1700 to do
> this work. Is this accurate & what can I do if the squeeling noise isn't
> fixed after this repair?


I think $1700 sounds awfully expensive for a VCT bolt. I would take it to a
different shop and get another estimate.

I would think that if you spend $1700, you can return it and say that they
introduced a squeel. And for $1700, I think they should fix it.

jeff


 
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-05, 01:02 PM
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Re: 1998 Ford Escort

Squeal like a pig, or

Post more information, could be a few things, but hard to tell from
your description.

Scan for codes and post them if there are any found. Not familiar with
VCT myself, so I can't comment on the dealer's quote, but probably
inflated nonetheless.

Meanwhile, check out this article on VCT.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...81/ai_88248647

 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-05, 03:01 PM
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Re: 1998 Ford Escort

Squeal like a pig sounds about right. Very embarrasing through drive
thru's. LOL! But, the noise stops when I drive. If I'm stopped at a light,
I always put the car in neutral & step on the gas & the squeal goes stops.
The codes found were P1380 & P1381.

 
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-05, 06:01 PM
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Yup, according to the article I posted those codes are related to the
VCT malfunctioning, give it a read they are mentioned in there.

Here's another link that might be helpful, scroll all the way down.
You might be looking at a timing belt replacement. If so you might
also want to consider replacing all the pulleys, water pump, oil
solenoid and VCT while you're in there to avoid having to do it again
anytime soon.

http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/dir.../.ee922b2/1171

 
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-05, 07:03 AM
ITAN
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Re: 1998 Ford Escort

Excellent articles & information.
Thank you so much for your help.

 
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-05, 02:02 PM
ITAN
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Calling all mechanics

I drive a 1998 Escort ZX2 & need the following repaired/replaced:
- I have a problem with my VCT (variable cam timing). I need the soleniod
gear & bolt replaced (code P1380 & P1381).
- timing belt replaced
The Ford dealership quoted me aprox. $1700. I've called other mechanics
for 2nd & 3rd opinions & no one will touch this repair. They are all
telling me that it is too big of a job & they do not want to be liable.
It has also been suggested that I consider replacing all pulleys, water
pump & oil solenoid while they're in there.
Does anyone know how much this should cost & if my only resort is getting
it fixed at a dealership?


 
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-05, 04:01 PM
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On Tue, 12 Apr 2005 16:35:20 -0400, "ITAN" <tanrentz@hotmail.com>
wrote:

>I drive a 1998 Escort ZX2 & need the following repaired/replaced:
>- I have a problem with my VCT (variable cam timing). I need the soleniod
>gear & bolt replaced (code P1380 & P1381).
>- timing belt replaced
>The Ford dealership quoted me aprox. $1700. I've called other mechanics
>for 2nd & 3rd opinions & no one will touch this repair. They are all
>telling me that it is too big of a job & they do not want to be liable.
>It has also been suggested that I consider replacing all pulleys, water
>pump & oil solenoid while they're in there.
>Does anyone know how much this should cost & if my only resort is getting
>it fixed at a dealership?
>

sounds like a deal to
i have done lots

u bought the pos
and all other tecks know ford is CRAP
so they dont want to touch it

hurc ast
 
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-13-05, 01:01 PM
ITAN
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Re: Calling all mechanics

What does "hurc ast" mean?

 
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-13-05, 02:02 PM
Lawrence Glickman
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On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 15:28:46 -0400, "ITAN" <tanrentz@hotmail.com>
wrote:

>What does "hurc ast" mean?


It's piglatin for "my ass hurts, will somebody help me remove this
socket wrench?"
 
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