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1999 Escort SE shakes and shuts off

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  1. jrw928

    jrw928 FEOA Member

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    My 99 Escort SE sedan just shook real bad and shut off while in reverse yesterday. After starting it again it shook but then I put it in drive and started moving and it was fine. I know that the valve seats (I think thats what they are called) are going because the car has a clicking noise coming from the engine. So my question is, Is this shutting off from the valve seats or could it be something as simple as a tune up? I change the oil every 3000 miles but I have not yet done a tune up on the car. I have owned it since november of 2014. Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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    An intake valve seat drop is a major defect that can cause a destroyed engine.
    I recommend getting a compression test done on the engine.
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    jrw928 FEOA Member

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    I took the car to a mechanic before I had the shut off issue. I was told that it is the seats thats how i know. I was told that I will be able to get a few thousand more miles before needing to do any major work. Ive just been putting Mystery Oil into the oil every few hundred miles and it has run good and the clicking is low. So what is this shut off issue?
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    If it is indeed a failing valve seat(s), that will result in low compression which could result in stalling. Also if it is for sure a failing seat that is clicking, it could go at any moment which will result in severe engine damage. It would be cheaper to have a new head put on the motor now rather than later. But only a compression test can tell you if the ticking is actually a valve seat going and not just a noisy lifter.
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    Ok so would an engine diagnostic consist of the compression test? I know I can get an engine diagnostic test done at Midas for $45.
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    You would have to call and ask them. That may only consist of hooking up a diagnostic machine to the computer. I wouldn't know for sure as we don't have any Midas' around where I live.
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    Midas = muffler shop, Firestone = tires & battery shop and same for all the other national chain outfits.
    Please, do yourself a favor and take the car to a well respected local auto repair shop for the engine compression test.
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