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2000 ZX2 Mechanics Special

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by Tanker_01, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Tanker_01

    Tanker_01 FEOA Member

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    So I just bought a 2000 ZX2 for $700 last night. Body wise it needs a new rear strut that I have already ordered and it also needs a brake line ran to the rear left wheel, currently it has a crimped off line...

    Engine wise, it has the same issue as what seems like a lot of cars with the Zetech has, the rough idle. When I start the car it idles fine for a minute and then the idle drops and it starts chugging. The engine does not die and it does not affect how the car drives, it just sounds terrible. I have heard the fix for this can be as easy as reconnecting a vacuum line or as expensive as replacing the MAF sensor or the IACV or even the PCV. What are some things to look for when diagnosing this problem? Are there any specific vacuum lines in particular that I should be looking at?

    There are no codes showing and it runs great when driving, just idles terribly when sitting at a stoplight.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Have you checked the elbows on the pcv line? The one going the intake manifold tends to split and cause a vacuum leak.
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    I will take a look at those first. I haven't actually gotten to take a look at anything yet, just picked the car up last night. Are those just generic hose elbows or are they a special ford kind. The PCV Vacuum line goes from the engine bay back right to the front left correct?
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    The one I’m referring to comes off the intake manifold towards the center of the car but behind engine, and then comes to pcv valve which is below the thermostat housing. Dorman makes replacement elbows. I don’t have a part number off hand but I’ll find it and add it to this post
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    Awesome thank you.

    I havent been able to find a video of replacing the rear struts on a ZX2 only on a regular Escort. Is the procedure the same pretty much? Do i have to take the back seat out to get to the top bolts or are they under that back cover beneath the rear window?
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    I think you just have to fold the rear seat down and remove the top brake light and then the cover that is under it. The nuts for the struts are under the cover. I haven’t replaced them on a X2 but do recall seeing them when changing speakers
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    You may need to take out the bolsters at the sides of the back seats. They unbolt at the bottom, (after pulling the seat bottom forward out of the way) then sliding up will come unhooked at the top. I dont recall about hatchbacks but on a sedan, you will need to have the bolsters out to undo the nuts holding the strut up into the strut tower.
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    the rear package tray does have to come off to replace struts. Only two nuts to remove so it is easy

    zx2 does not have those on the seat

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