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64K Mile Escort with Very Little Compression

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Escort_1, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Escort_1

    Escort_1 New Member

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    Hi,

    My wife's 1994 Escort wagon developed a coolant leak around the bottom radiator hose. The mechanic put a new radiator clamp on it and called it fixed, except it wasn't as a small puddle would form underneath the car after shutting it off. Anyway, my wife decided to drive across the state and on the way back, the car died and she could smell something burning. She said before it died it started to blow cold air, the temperature needle remained in the normal zone. Her dad insists that there was coolant in the radiator, but I could not see any when I looked today.

    So today I check the timing belt and marks, it was a little off, so I adjusted it. I then took a compression reading, #1 was 25 lbs, #2 was 2 lbs, 3 was 20 lbs, and number 4 was 30 lbs. Next, I pulled the head off, head gasket looked OK, on number two I could see melted metal around the valves but did not see any of the valve seats missing, on #3 there seemed to be coolant in the cylinder. When I looked at the exhaust valve stems, number one looked normal, but number 2, 3, and 4 had some type of buildup on them.

    Any idea what happened? If the engine is junk, any idea what a 94 Escort Wagon with no rust and 64K is worth? Color is that somewhat ugly light blue.
  2. millball

    millball FEOA Donator

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    Can you give us an image of the melted metal of which you speak??

    If all cylinder walls are OK you should be able to do a reasonably complete inframe overhaul for less than $700. A rebuilt head can be got for about $250.

    Here in Arizona where rustfree escorts are fairly plentiful, dead wagons are worth around 3 or 4 hundred $$.
    Maybe a little more if the cars condition is exceptional.
  3. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree. The engine from the head gasket down could be fine, and a rebuilt head, with new gasket and head bolts would fix it. I would drain the oil in the meantime to let any water that got into the oil to drain out.
    But the heater blowing cold air though - I would think is a sign that the amount of coolant left in the system was too low for the water pump to circulate; i.e. advanced overheating. And it normally also involves the temp gauge going to High at some point.

    Compression readings that low are not a good sign either. How many times did you let the engine crank over when doing the comp test? I like to let it turn over at least 4 or 5 turns, since I still see the needle on the gauge climbing up.

    And when you reset the timing, did you do it with the crankshaft pulley off so you could line up the marks on the crankshaft sprocket and on the camshaft sprocket?

    I would like to have another 2nd gen. Escort, and I prefer wagons. Where in the US are you located?
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    white-lightning FEOA Member

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    A friend of mine worked on a Honda Del Sol that had low miles like your Escort. It had little to no compression. The valves were so dirty they would not make a complete seal. After a cleaning at a machine shop, valve lapping and new seals and gasket the engine was running tip top. This car was only driven every once in awhile for short trips.

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