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Hey all, I'm new here, but I've loved Escorts for a while. I previously owned a 91 EGT. I just purchased a 94 LX with 191K on it, an engine with 120k on it. I've done this so far to it:

Cleaned and flushed all fluids (Oil, brake, steering, cooling, tranny).
Cleaned top end w/ Sea Foam cleaner
-new plugs (Bosch Platinum 2's)
-new wires
-new O2 sensor
-new fuel filter
-modified air box muffler system (meaning I chopped it all out).

I'm familiar more with the 1.8 than the 1.9, and I'm looking for an engine that runs smooth and gets good mileage, speed and torque are plusses.

What are some other things to consider when mod'ing this engine for everyday driving efficiency and such?

Thanks for all your help!

-Shadow :twisted:
 

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same things that would apply to the 1.8 really. or any engine.

the factory 4-2-1 header from the old first gen escort GT is a fantastic modded bolt on. great gains in torque are felt in the lower to mid range, with improved high rpm flow.

you say everyday driving efficiency.. i take it you mean fuel economy? in perfect tune, no reason why that 1.9 with a 5spd cant give you 35mpg.

so i covered gas mileage and torque, as far as speed, assuming you know the difference between being quick, and being fast: speed is going to be almost exclusively dependant on horsepower.. of which a 1.9 in LX trim has not much... so going faster is going to require some money mods.

i.e cam, headwork, underdrive pulley...which btw is a great mod for $99. go to www.blackdiamondracing.com and get the alum. UDP for the SPI. i have it, works great. adds just shy of 8hp to the crank and really smooths out the rev range.
 

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Check List

1) Check to see TimingBelt... if you need a change, then do the WaterPump, too.
2) Check PCV.
3) EEC (Front End [Engine] Computer) tends to get coroded pins... Replace it.
4) You might want to go to the 95 PCM (Console [Main] Computer)... and while you are looking at it: make sure it is not a California or NY/NJ version (set for wasted Emission Controls). See past Posts.
 

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Check the rear springs to be sure they haven't cracked or broken.

Check the front brake calipers to be sure they slide smoothly on the pins. If not, the calipers may not back away from the rotor properly and you could get some drag. Worn pins can also make the pedal soft.

Don't forget to check your O2 sensor if your mileage is poor.

Interesting that you're more familar with the 1.8 than the 1.9 (since you previously owned a CVH motor) Are you a miata owner?
 

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Thanks all

Thanks for the help guys.

I'm going to rotate the tires this week, so I'll take a look at the brakes. I know I'm getting noise when I back up from the rear brakes and the front squeak occasionally. The vehicle also pulls a bit to the left so I might have a sticky caliper on the drivers side.

Thanks for the tip on the headers and the EEC.

Peace!

Shadow.
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With the crown built into roads, your car should maybe pull a bit to the right, if at all. You may be out of alignment (bad toe). I'd get it checked - poor alignment can really wear down tires quickly ($$$) and can significantly affect fuel economy.
 
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