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Hey all, I finally got my free 96 LX yesterday. It's got some issues I forgot it had.(Dad's old car, he got a company car) The speedo needle jumps ALOT. Not so much at lower speeds but up above 55 it will jump between 55 and 70! Can kinda here a "spinning" noise when it jumps. I'm thinking maybe the speedo cable? The next thing is vibration in the rear. It looks like the belts are sepperating in the left rear tire. I don't think the wheel is bent. Is the rear alignment adjustable on Escorts?? Sorry if these are dumb questions, I'm new to Escorts!
 

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It may be the speedometer cable or the gauge itself. I've seen that jumping needles are usually caused by the gauge itself. However, taking the speedometer cable out of the housing and greasing it up is never a bad thing. I'd start with that, drive it a few miles and see if it helps, and if it doesn't go to town lubing the speedometer gauge itself. If you still can't get it to work, get another gauge from a junker.

As for alignment, off the top of my head, the LX's have adjustable camber (through both the shock caps and lateral links) and that's it. They have some weirdass toe system that's supposed to automatically change with lateral loading, but for all intents and purposes, caster and toe are not adjustable.

Usually a "hoppy" ride has to do more with balance and less with alignment. If you're showing belts on the tires evenly around the circumference, then alignment is probably off (possibly bent frame). If the belt is showing in only certain sections (cupping) then you probably are just out of balance.
 
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