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Hey Im new here and I have a 1999 Ford Escort SE 117,000KM on it. I was just wondering about this weird sounds its making. I just got an oil change 3 days ago and now 2 days ago I started hearing this "clicking" sound when idleing in all gears put Neutral. I asked around and apparetnly its not a fan belt. What could this possibly be? I also recently hit a curb and broke my tie rod, wheel bearing and rim, but all was fixed and ok. Any ideas of what this could be? The hitting the curb occured after the oil change. Thanks, I also noticed the engine sounds louder when accelerating, does anyone have an idea of what this could be? Please it is really bothering me! Thanks!!
 

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Thanks for your response, I am not sure about the change I recently bought it. I know that the car was well maintained and when I bought it I took it to a garage and they said all was ok. Would these belts just suddently start making this random clicking sound just like that? Does the fact that the sound does not occur in Neutral have any information with it? Thanks again
 

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Would that be expesnive to change? You see its my first car and I already spent quite a bit fixing my running into the curb problem. I am taking it to a garage tommorow morning to see whats the problem, Ill post a response telling you what the mechanic says and maybe you could offer an opinion? Thanks I could also post pictures of it
 

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Let us know what happens with this, please. I have the same issue with the engine sounding louder upon acceleration (a sound so annoying for me that the dealership moved the exhaust further from the firewall....made it a little better, but the noise is still there). I'm not sure if mine is simply a vibration issue, a vacuum leak, or tranny issues. Do you feel any vibration in the steering wheel or gas pedal when you are accelerating??

I also heard the engine "clicking" in my car. The serpentine belt was new and I never figured out what it was. It seems to have went away on its own.
 

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You say you hear the clicking at idle in all gears but neutral. Does the clicking happen when you are standing still?

If so, have you ever tried getting someone to sit in the car with their foot on the brake, while you lifted the hood, stuck your head by the engine and attempted to see exactly where the click was coming from?

That's the first thing Id do.
 

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Hey thanks for all your replies. I took it to a mechanic and he just said the engine is getting old, but the ticking is problably coming from the "stabilizer" ( I forgot the actual name of the component) that prevents the engine from vibrating so much. He said not to worry about it. The sound is coming from this "stabilizer place". I also had a problem that started last night where as I slowed down the breaks would make a sound similer to that of a squeeking bed, it slowed down as the car slowed down. I took it and got the breaks cleaned all the rust and it stoped. The other mechanic I took it to this morning said it would be like that for ever (guess he was wrong).; I just bene having so much random problems with this car this week it is kind of upsetting :(
 

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Just get in here and do lots of reading on this forum, soon you'll know how to fix a lot of things on it yourself without having to take it to a mechanic to have a light bulb changed. Another good investment would be a Ford factory service manual. It tells you everything there is to know about your car. If you're not use to working on cars, just start out by giving yourself plenty of time to do the jobs and you'll soon get comfortable with doing your own work, but while learning never start something unless you know you have time to finish it correctly. I've been working on my own cars now for over 30 years and I've owned one of my '88 Escorts for almost 16 years. I think I could disassemble and re-assemble half of that car in my sleep. By doing my own work I know I'm not getting robbed by some mechanic and also know the job is being done right. My oldest '88 has 494K miles and still going about 50 miles a day. Escorts are an easy car to work on too, so you got a good one for learning on.
 
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