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Engine Failure?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by DuaneH, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. DuaneH

    DuaneH New Member

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    Hey guys, I’m pretty new to owning a car and maintaining it, and I’ve had a problem.

    I bought a 99 Ford Escort recently, and as I was driving it, liquid shorted out from under the hood and the car started overheating. With further investigation, I found that a piece under the hood that looked like an upside down T and connected three hoses together came loose and was leaking fluid. I tried driving further to get to an auto store and the car died. I replaced the T part and got the engine up and running, but it overheated once again and now when I try to start it up, it sounds like it’s trying to turn over, but very weakly.

    Does anyone know what I could do in this situation. I’m a college student who also has a full time job on the other side of the city, so I was relying on this car. I’m hoping I can get it back up and running soon.
  2. austin86

    austin86 FEOA Member

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    Sounds like you burned up the motor.
    Did you put refill coolant that leaked out of the car? And did you drive the car without coolant?
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  3. DuaneH

    DuaneH New Member

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    There was still some coolant left when I went to fill it, but yes, I did top it off. I don’t think I drove it without coolant, I just think it wasn’t getting to the engine.
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  4. austin86

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    Not good at all, never drive a car if the engine is not getting coolant. You may get lucky and just need to top off the coolant. Charge the battery and maybe change the water pump.
    worst case the motor will need a rebuild or replaced.
    But without having the car in front of me I can't be of any real help.
    If I were you id have some one local you know that works on cars look at it.
  5. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    What kind of engine is it; single over head cam (i.e. an LX escort) or a double over head cam, (i.e. a ZX2) And how many miles on the car?

    A couple of checks you might try: First of all, measure the voltage across the battery terminals. Fully charged would be about 12.6 volts. Then, take the radiator cap off, and with the coolant topped up, try to start the engine. If coolant squirts out of the radiator, it means a bad headgasket. See if there is any milkiness to the motor oil. If water got into the oil, it would have some appearance of being a chocolate milkshake. That also means a bad headgasket.

    When you say it turns over weakly, do you mean its turning slowly, or that it just fires up and runs, but may cough a couple of times - and not start.

    What is your zipcode, so we can see if there are other feoa members nearby who might be of use - or at least have sympathy. Dont publish your address in an open posting.

    Doing a compression test would be a good indicator of things gone wrong.

    I have a Stant Cooling system pressure tester. Its handy for finding things like slow leaks from freeze plugs and senile hoses; or even a leaking heater core.

    I live in zip 22312 in summers, but will soon be leaving and driving through several states to visit relatives, winding up in zip code 78570.

    When you have lost a lot of coolant, topping off the radiator is sort of a two step process. One step fills up - except for the empty engine head and heater hoses. The second step comes after starting up the engine for less than a minute, and adding another quart or two of coolant.
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    04Svt FEOA Member

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    If your in so Cal I can fix it . Sounds like the head gasket may be blown . A compression test would be the 1st thing to do.
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  7. DuaneH

    DuaneH New Member

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    Man, I just moved out of So Cal. Right now I’m in Albuquerque (87102) I’ll make sure to go do a compression test asap
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    DuaneH New Member

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    By turning weakly, I mean it’s turning slowly and won’t start. I live in Albuquerque (87102) right now
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    Darn ,to bad you weren’t close to me .
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    Report back what you find.
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