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Hello Again,

So I have finished engine replacement, etc on my 2002 escort (se SOHC 2.0 auto trans) (see here: http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=60850 and here: http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=61023 for previous threads).

I have completed my OBDII trip, checked all the custom PID's etc, everything seems to be A-OK. I have driven the car approximately 400 miles now on the new engine.

The only thing that has yet to be done is i have yet to flush and recharge my AC system. The system was drained prior to the engine swap, and I am waiting on my vacuum, etc to come in to finish servicing it. As a precaution, I did remove my A/C fuse to keep it from cycling with only air in the system.

I only have one remaining issue that is bugging me - Between Idle (about 700) and 1000 RPM, I am getting very noticeable vibration when the car is not in motion.

That is, when in park or in gear, if sitting stopped, the car vibrated pretty noticeably. The steering wheel shakes, if the door is open, you can feel it shake badly, and with the hood open, putting hand on the engine you can feel quite a bit of vibration. At idle, the shaking is even noticeable by eye, rather than just touch.

If I shift to neutral, the vibration calms significantly for a second or two, and then returns, slightly less intense than when in park or drive.

If i give it gas so it reaches ~ 1000 rpm, the vibration ceases.

As a first step, I replaced the rear transmission mount, as it seemed quite wobbly, and was after all the hardest mount to get to.

However this has not reduced the vibration at all. I checked all the rubber grommets on the trans. support member, as well as checked the front trans mount. all seem to be in good condition. The vibration does seem to be more intense on the passenger side, as far as the engine itself is concerned (where the access drive belt, etc are).

At this point I am kind of stumped, other than the top motor mounts being defective. What should I be looking for as far as the top mounts are concerned to be able to tell if they are defective?

What else could be potentially causing the severe vibration?

And should I be worried about driving the car? Is the increased vibration going to harm the engine/trans?

Thanks,

EDIT: I forgot to mention, there is another issue. My Cruise control is non-operational. I have not had time to fiddle with diagnosing yet. Could the two issues be related? Whats my first step?
 

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Hello Again,

So I have finished engine replacement, etc on my 2002 escort (se SOHC 2.0 auto trans) (see here: http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=60850 and here: http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=61023 for previous threads).

I only have one remaining issue that is bugging me - Between Idle (about 700) and 1000 RPM, I am getting very noticeable vibration when the car is not in motion.

That is, when in park or in gear, if sitting stopped, the car vibrated pretty noticeably. The steering wheel shakes, if the door is open, you can feel it shake badly, and with the hood open, putting hand on the engine you can feel quite a bit of vibration. At idle, the shaking is even noticeable by eye, rather than just touch.

If I shift to neutral, the vibration calms significantly for a second or two, and then returns, slightly less intense than when in park or drive.

If i give it gas so it reaches ~ 1000 rpm, the vibration ceases.

As a first step, I replaced the rear transmission mount, as it seemed quite wobbly, and was after all the hardest mount to get to.

However this has not reduced the vibration at all. I checked all the rubber grommets on the trans. support member, as well as checked the front trans mount. all seem to be in good condition. The vibration does seem to be more intense on the passenger side, as far as the engine itself is concerned (where the access drive belt, etc are).

At this point I am kind of stumped, other than the top motor mounts being defective. What should I be looking for as far as the top mounts are concerned to be able to tell if they are defective?

What else could be potentially causing the severe vibration?

And should I be worried about driving the car? Is the increased vibration going to harm the engine/trans?

Thanks,

EDIT: I forgot to mention, there is another issue. My Cruise control is non-operational. I have not had time to fiddle with diagnosing yet. Could the two issues be related? Whats my first step?
So DreamWraith, Hi! I'm very interested to learn what you have found out about your engine "vibration." I spent many, many, many hours trying to learn as much as I could about this damn vibration problem. My 2002 SE Escort also has it. It appears to be a problem that has gone on for years, with the Ford Escorts!!! (at least '1997-2002), but I think even many more years than that! There is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) that Ford put out regarding the problem. I think it involves about 29 steps to POSSIBLY fix the problem, but I haven't got the number of it in front of me. It can be found on your computer!! It involves what I would call "neutralizing" your engine. As I remember, I think that it basically amounts to SLIGHTLY repositioning your engine. I had a local FORD dealer here around Binghamton, NY, tell me a couple of years ago that they'd do it for around $550.00 (estimate), but much as my car needs it, I passed on that amount. It's hard to believe that the steering wheel could shake as much as it does (during idle).
I'd like to hear what you've got to say about your "vibration."
Thanks!
 

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So DreamWraith, Hi! I'm very interested to learn what you have found out about your engine "vibration." I spent many, many, many hours trying to learn as much as I could about this damn vibration problem. My 2002 SE Escort also has it. It appears to be a problem that has gone on for years, with the Ford Escorts!!! (at least '1997-2002), but I think even many more years than that! There is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) that Ford put out regarding the problem. I think it involves about 29 steps to POSSIBLY fix the problem, but I haven't got the number of it in front of me. It can be found on your computer!! It involves what I would call "neutralizing" your engine. As I remember, I think that it basically amounts to SLIGHTLY repositioning your engine. I had a local FORD dealer here around Binghamton, NY, tell me a couple of years ago that they'd do it for around $550.00 (estimate), but much as my car needs it, I passed on that amount. It's hard to believe that the steering wheel could shake as much as it does (during idle).
I'd like to hear what you've got to say about your "vibration."
Thanks!
Necro Reply... been out of the game for years, getting back in - Still suffering the vibration problem. I did read that TSB - maybe some day I will get around to it.
 
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