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Old 01-02-2006, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
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99 Ford Escort woes

I've been having a couple problems with this piece of.....yeah:

First, it keeps sucking gas. Since I bought it less than 6 months ago the
fuel consumption has nearly doubled. No idea what would cause this.

Secondly, a pronounced knock has emerged. It did this once before but a
simple oil change silenced it. It's back, but this time an oil change
didn't make it leave. In fact, the oil looked clean and full even before
the change. It doesn't seem to mess with anything yet; it's just being
annoying.

I know very little about cars so lameman's terms would be great, I'm
trying to learn a bit so I can stop running to an overpriced dealer every
time something goes wrong.

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Old 01-03-2006, 06:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Ford Escort woes

"kurikuri" <kurikuri@netzero.net> wrote:

> I've been having a couple problems with this piece of.....yeah:
>
> First, it keeps sucking gas. Since I bought it less than 6 months ago

the
> fuel consumption has nearly doubled. No idea what would cause this.
>
> Secondly, a pronounced knock has emerged. It did this once before but a
> simple oil change silenced it. It's back, but this time an oil change
> didn't make it leave. In fact, the oil looked clean and full even

before
> the change. It doesn't seem to mess with anything yet; it's just being
> annoying.
>
> I know very little about cars so lameman's terms would be great, I'm
> trying to learn a bit so I can stop running to an overpriced dealer

every
> time something goes wrong.
>


Knock or tap?

A knock sounds like lightly rapping a hammer against the exhaust
manifold... a tap sounds like a screwdriver blade against same.

And under WHAT conditions does it knock?

First startup.. aceleration, deceleration? alla time?
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Ford Escort woes


kurikuri wrote:
> I've been having a couple problems with this piece of.....yeah:
>
> First, it keeps sucking gas. Since I bought it less than 6 months ago the
> fuel consumption has nearly doubled. No idea what would cause this.
>
> Secondly, a pronounced knock has emerged. It did this once before but a
> simple oil change silenced it. It's back, but this time an oil change
> didn't make it leave. In fact, the oil looked clean and full even before
> the change. It doesn't seem to mess with anything yet; it's just being
> annoying.
>
> I know very little about cars so lameman's terms would be great, I'm
> trying to learn a bit so I can stop running to an overpriced dealer every
> time something goes wrong.


If the noise went away the first time with an oil change it might be a
stuck lifter. They make additives that might help. An engine that is
using twice as much fuel just might be dumping some of that extra fuel
in the oil and thinning it out, thus causing noisy lifters or damaged
ones plus more. You need to find the source of that fuel consumption
first. You don't provide enough information to go on. You don't even
state the mileage. The first thing you need to learn is that details
are the key to making a diagnosis.

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Old 01-03-2006, 16:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Ford Escort woes

Sorry...the mileage is only 29k. The knocking is almost nonstop, starting
maybe 15 minutes or so after startup. Sometimes its more of a softer tap,
sometimes its a loud knock. As stated before, the only thing else wrong
with it is the fuel consumption. Anything else you need to know?

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Old 01-03-2006, 16:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Ford Escort woes

"kurikuri" <kurikuri@netzero.net> wrote:

> Sorry...the mileage is only 29k. The knocking is almost nonstop,

starting
> maybe 15 minutes or so after startup. Sometimes its more of a softer

tap,
> sometimes its a loud knock. As stated before, the only thing else wrong
> with it is the fuel consumption. Anything else you need to know?
>
>


If it's a knock, not tap, you may have bad bearings, then... and I would
hook up a real oil pressure gauge to it.

Smell oil for gas contamination.

I'm surprised there's no other symptoms like rough idle, missing, or
hesitation/jerking if there's gas contamination.



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Old 01-21-2006, 04:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Ford Escort woes

For the excess gas consumption, check out the oxygen sensors...

On Tue, 03 Jan 2006 01:45:29 -0500, "kurikuri" <kurikuri@netzero.net>
wrote:

>I've been having a couple problems with this piece of.....yeah:
>
>First, it keeps sucking gas. Since I bought it less than 6 months ago the
>fuel consumption has nearly doubled. No idea what would cause this.
>
>Secondly, a pronounced knock has emerged. It did this once before but a
>simple oil change silenced it. It's back, but this time an oil change
>didn't make it leave. In fact, the oil looked clean and full even before
>the change. It doesn't seem to mess with anything yet; it's just being
>annoying.
>
>I know very little about cars so lameman's terms would be great, I'm
>trying to learn a bit so I can stop running to an overpriced dealer every
>time something goes wrong.


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Old 01-21-2006, 07:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Ford Escort woes


"Hank" <hakone@ptd.net> wrote in message
news:q354t113ba04qjeom1ducdiuidn507jjtl@4ax.com...
> For the excess gas consumption, check out the oxygen sensors...
>
> On Tue, 03 Jan 2006 01:45:29 -0500, "kurikuri" <kurikuri@netzero.net>
> wrote:
>
>>I've been having a couple problems with this piece of.....yeah:
>>
>>First, it keeps sucking gas. Since I bought it less than 6 months ago the
>>fuel consumption has nearly doubled. No idea what would cause this.
>>
>>Secondly, a pronounced knock has emerged. It did this once before but a
>>simple oil change silenced it. It's back, but this time an oil change
>>didn't make it leave. In fact, the oil looked clean and full even before
>>the change. It doesn't seem to mess with anything yet; it's just being
>>annoying.
>>
>>I know very little about cars so lameman's terms would be great, I'm
>>trying to learn a bit so I can stop running to an overpriced dealer every
>>time something goes wrong.

>


One of a few possibilities.
The room fuse is blown 10 amp fuse
The meter fuse is blown 10 amp fuse
The park sense switch is bad
The shift lock actuator
Or the possibility of a connector that has come undone.




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