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Inherited this car from my grandparents and I'm hoping to get some decent use out of it. It only has 30, 000 original kilometers on it and has been parked indoors since day 1.

Need a little help with some recent car trouble and thought I'd give this forum a try. Pretty handy at almost anything I do but automotive stuff is one of my lesser areas of knowledge. Hoping you folks can give me some advice. Thanks.
 

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Welcome to the forum. It sounds like you have a really rare Escort. Not only low mileage, but kept indoors. !!! Do you still get to keep it indoors, or does it live outside now? I presume you live in Canada, and that they salt the roads in the winter. Uundercarriage rust is a know problem on Escorts, so keep an eye on the bottom of the car, and get under there in the springtime with a good garden hose nozzle and flush out the salt/muck from every little opening and crevice.
My 92 Escort has lived in Northern Virginia all its life, but still had some rust underneath. I rubbed heavy oil (80w) on the rusty suspensioni parts and car bottom, and I squirt motor oil up into the holes in the 'box' sections behind the rear axle. I had to replace the brake lines to the rear of the car, as they had serious rust, up beside the fuel tank. You have to look straight up to see this area; by backing the car onto ramps and sliding under it.
Also oil the door hinges, and put a drop of oil on the ignition key, and put it in each lock for 5 minutes, then repeat a couple of times. This helps prevent not only corrosion in the lock, but can prevent freeze up after a freezing rain.
Keep an eye on the condition of the gaskets around the top of the windshield and the rear window. These will shrink after time, letting rainwater get in, to create rust behind the gasket where you cant see it.
Does you car have the 'auto seat belt track', where the shoulder part of the seat belt runs forward when you open the door, and runs back over your shoulder when you start the car with the door closed? They also can cause problems, by getting stuck. I recall reading that the Canadian cars didnt come with those.
As your car is about 19 years old, I would thing about doing a timing belt replacement due to age, even though it has low mileage. Normal replacement is at 100,000 miles, but a 19 year old rubber belt is still something to think about. And your IF car was made before March or April of 91, it would have the timing belt with flat teeth, instead of rounded teeth. The date of build is on a sticker on the drivers side door jamb.
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GinAndTonic said:
Inherited this car from my grandparents and I'm hoping to get some decent use out of it. It only has 30, 000 original kilometers on it and has been parked indoors since day 1.

Need a little help with some recent car trouble and thought I'd give this forum a try. Pretty handy at almost anything I do but automotive stuff is one of my lesser areas of knowledge. Hoping you folks can give me some advice. Thanks.
That is some low Kilometers. Good luck with the car
 
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