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(New to working on cars in general, though my only experience is on diesels.) I'm trying to access the block drain plug, already drained the radiator. I've learned you have to remove the exhaust manifold heat shield, but I'm unclear on what the big tube is which goes through the middle of it (hayne's manual doesn't show this, it's just a plate with 3 screws.) I'm weary of undoing anything I don't know, just in case I'd end up having to buy a new seal when putting it back together.

Second question is how to access the lower radiator hose... I'm trying to replace it, as it's dripping. I figured I'd flush the system while I was doing this since I just bought it... My job today is at a standstill until it's figured out.

thanks in advance,
Geoff
 

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Well.. Story time. The car was bought from a long family friend.. He bought it brand new, and only used it as a commuter car back and forth from work, in town. 14 years and only 22,000 miles later, and buys another new car leaving the Escort to sit under a tree for months. He sold it to me for $1,500 because it was only sitting collecting pitch from being underneath a tree.

So for 22,000 miles I would HOPE the water pump wouldn't go out. There was a small amount of coolant collecting on the splash shields from either side of the radiator, it runs down the whole side underneath the upper hose. So my reaction was to buy both hoses, replace, flush the system, and hope it ends up not being the radiator.. If I'm wrong to think so let me know, I'm stlll pretty new at this.
 

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These radiators tend to leak where the plastic end caps are crimped on, usually in cold weather. One side on mine leaks but it isn't enough to worry about. I have never had to replace the lower hose before but I would start by removing the splash shields.
 

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Oh i already have, I'm trying to do this right now. I'm in the middle of replacing the upper hose (the clamp on the engine side is inaccessible to my vice grips.) Still scratching my head on how to access the engine block drain plug.

I'm pretty uncomfortable leaving anything leaking, to me it means something is about to go. I drive long distances, the last thing I want to happen is my cooling system to crash while going 70 mph, miles away from home..

What is the tube going through the exhaust heat shield, anyway? Is it something removeable without needing a new gasket? The upper hose I've partially removed and the coolant reservoir have rust or brown particulates I don't want in the cooling system!
 

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It's probably the EGR. It unscrews from the manifold.
 

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Ah, okay. I tried a bit ago, but I need some bigger SAE wrenches (all I've ever bought were metric, from working on my Mercedes.) I know those and gassers are waaay different, but I removed the EGR on my Benz, is that adviseable on a gasser?

thanks for the help,

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The Escort should be Metric. Even the American cars have switched over. In most cases the EGR won't hurt anything but you might not pass inspection without it. You can remove the EGR but it will throw a check engine light which puts these older computers into limp mode. I have heard you have to loop the sensor hose into a vacuum source or something like that to fool it or swap in an older non-EGR computer. What year is the car anyway?
 

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1995, I'll add all the info into the profile part at the bottom of the posts when I get more time. That seems like a bit of work to undo the EGR, in my Benz it was just a matter of re-routing vacuum lines away from it. Sounds like something I won't really toy with until I gain more knowledge on this car...

Thanks a lot!
 
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