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Ford Escort Common Problems and Solutions

Damp smell from air conditioning

Problem:

If you have noticed a damp musty smell coming from the air conditioning, then this is usually caused by a build up of bacteria in the evaporator.

Models affected:

Solution:

To solve this problem you will need to purchase an anti bacterial deodorising agent. Spraying this onto the evaporator will help to solve this issue and kill the bacteria. Switching the A/C off a good few minutes before the end of the journey also helps to stop this problem, as it allows the evaporator to dry off.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Aircon Evaporator

Part required

Aircon Evaporator

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Engine idle problem

Problem:

This problem is common on the 1.8 Endura diesel engines and causes a high idling engine. This is caused by a broken idle speed return spring.

Models affected:

Solution:

This problem can be fixed by installing a revised spring. Check out the video below.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Idle Speed Control Stepper Motor

Part required

Idle Speed Control Stepper Motor

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Fuel injection pump problem

Problem:

The Escort 1.8 Endura before April 97 was known to have problems with starting and running. The timing on the fuel injection was out due to a faulty pump cam actuator.

Models affected:

Solution:

This problem is fixed by fitting a new pump cam actuator.

Difficulty level

4

FEAD belt problems

Problem:

The FEAD (Front End Accessory Drive) belt on a 1996 Escort can be prone to a really high pitched noise. This is due to lack of tension on the belt.

Models affected:

Solution:

This can be solved by fitting a new belt and tightening the tensioner.

Difficulty level

5

Radiator hose problems

Problem:

These problems were common on diesel engines from 1996 to 1998 which led to the engine overheating and coolant leakage at the top radiator hose. The radiator fan shroud was known to damage the hose.

Models affected:

Solution:

To rectify this you have to trim the shroud down and fit a new top hose.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Radiator Hose

Part required

Radiator Hose

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Blower motor problems

Problem:

This problem is common on Escorts between 1992 and 1998 where the motor doesn't work giving off a smell of melting plastic. This is caused by corrosion on the blower motor resistor contacts or could even be by a missing cover.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is resolved by fitting a new blower motor resistor or fitting a motor cover if there isn't one already fitted.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Heat Blower Motor

Part required

Heat Blower Motor

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Noises from underneath the vehicle

Problem:

The Ford Escorts has been commonly known to hear noises from below the vehicle. This is due to a worn flexible joint gasket.

Models affected:

Solution:

This can be fixed by fitting a new gasket.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Cylinder Head Gasket Set

Part required

Cylinder Head Gasket Set

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Clutch disc problem

Problem:

The Escort from 1995 was known to have problems with the clutch in either cold or wet conditions. This is due to an over-sensitive clutch disc in these types of weather conditions.

Models affected:

Solution:

It is remedied by fitting the revised clutch friction disc.

Difficulty level

5

Reading these common Ford Escort problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Ford Escort – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Ford Escort does have one of these issues.