Hello from AZ!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by some, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. some

    some New Member

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    I have owned my 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 for around 8 months, already put almost 10k on it, with a few trips -

    I want this car to last, and be quick + handle well at some point

    issues so far:

    Needing the serpentine belt replaced, and the new one slipped off because of wetness (has not happened since), 6k miles without it slipping off.

    Not sure if anyone else has had this happen; the positive battery terminal will not make a connection unless its EXTREMELY tight on the battery terminal. Lots of corrosion on the cable, had to install a new terminal onto the cable recently as the car died in the middle of the road.

    The previous owner had run wood screws through out the car to hold down various interior panels (not a bad idea on paper)
    Some of the screws running down the passenger door moulding / plastic thing - are live

    The previous owner also filled parts of the firewall, front quarter panels, and other misc interior spaces with hardening foam. One day, I decided to get and autowash done, and water proceeded to spray into the footwell of the car on the passenger side only

    There is a mounting bolt that drives into the tranny bell housing, and it will come lose and knock itself into the exhaust making a very annoying noise

    just pointing out these flaws/issues, other than those things the car has been very solid. I am about to complete work on it, replace the radiator to begin with, then working on replacing the suspension

    What recommendations in terms of suspension does FEOA make? I do want it to handle better, and feel tighter all around, maybe stiffer springs for sure?

    I need to replace the shocks, coils/springs, bushings in most areas, for sure
  2. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    south TX or northern VA
    Welcome to the forums! For the battery terminal; I think its more important for the outside of the battery post and the inside of the battery terminal to be clean and crud free. Lead oxidizes slowly, and lead oxide is a very poor conductor of electricity. Same for the negative battery connection of course.
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  3. cklaubur

    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    Now in Mesa, AZ
    Hello fellow AZer!

    Probably the best suspension upgrade I did on my old '97 sedan was replace the rear sway bar with one from a '91-'96 model. It really wakes up the handling.
  4. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Welcome to the forum!
    Yep- if you want it to "handle"- look for a 2nd gen (91-96) GT or Wagon rear sway bar (be sure to grab the bushing keepers too). Order new bushings front & back (be sure to order the back ones for the bar you grab). I like the KYB's for struts (their stock springs are nice too)... Sounds like your car has been a bit cobbled. :( Hopefully it is better than it sounds (as good as you think)- else it may not be worth the $$$ your about to spend... I've found that the front lowering springs meant for an MX3 really didn't lower my car much, but they did stiffen the front suspension. I think the KYB's would really suffice- just grab some 17's w/ lower profile tires if you want the ride to feel firmer. :)

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