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ive had my 1995 escort lx since the beginng of the year and it ran good till 2 weeks ago.

I began to feel that my car was loosing a lot of power so. I would step on the gas to try to go fast but my rpm would reach 5x on 2nd gear on reaching 40 mph which it didnt do at first. The rpm now rev a lot faster without picking up alot of speed. it also jerks sometimes going from first gear to second gear like it needed to step on the gas some more.

i gave it an oil change at 3500 m. and once i checked the spark plugs they were all black and also saw that one of the plug for the spark plug were torn at the end. i put new spark plugs and it but didnt change the plug yet. The new plugs helped a bit but not enough. Im thinking maybe one of the plugs isnt working right and am running on 3cyl. after 3 gear and up the car runs ok.

is there a way to check the plugs if there all right.

Also what gap should i use for the spark plugs. The once they gave me were .80 which were a little big so since it ran fine before thats what i left the new ones at.

I love my escort (even though no one else i know doesnt) Whats wrong with my scort.
 

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well i got Bosch 4prong platnum that dont need to be gapped. So i would go with those and then i would probably buy some new spark plug wires. i hope your car gets better
 

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I would check your timing becaues it sounds like since the plugs and the wires were in bad shape the timing belt is probably needing to be replaced here soon and it might have developed enough slack for it to skip a tooth or two and your timing might be off, and that could be causing your car to be sluggish.
 

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wow .8 is freaking huge! call autozone and they can tell you the proper gap. Also did you change the plug wires? if not change them also.
 

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My tranny is manual. Im still at work so i havent got a chance to change the gap and buy new plugs but when i put the gap at .45 it totally killed my gas mileage and could smell the gas that was being burned through my a/c.
 

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If your RPM rev real high without your speed changing as fast as it should, then your clutch is slipping.

The spark plugs you had don´t help of course, but they can´t have any affect on what speed you go when you´re at a certain RPM. The ratio between RPM/speed is fixed in the transmission/differential, and barring a catastrophic failure of something in there, the only other thing that will do what you´re describing is a slipping clutch.
 

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18-04-2003 at 20:35, ThingyNess wrote:
If your RPM rev real high without your speed changing as fast as it should, then your clutch is slipping.
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I agree....The exact same thing happened to my Saab before I had my clutch replaced.
 

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Sounds like the clutch to me as well. Any time an engine spike like the it is because there is something slipping in the drive train. I´m not sure if the 2gen LXs have a cable or hydraulic clutch. If it is cable then take your clutch pedal and pull it forward as far as you can, then push it to the floor. This will make sure the cable is adjusted properly. If this still doesn´t solve the problem, then a new clutch may be in order.
 

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The 2nd gen LX has hydraulic clutch actuation. The slave cylinder is up front under the hood.. easy to watch it move when a friend steps on the clutch pedal for you.
 

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well i finally fixed my car somewhat. It still doesnt feel quite the same though but it is much better.
2 things were killing my car. First i needed new plugs because it was in pretty bad shape and got new ones. second i got some motorcraft sparkplugs and put the gap at .54 and took it for a test drive and the car drove much, much better. The car now has power but im still reving up a little more than it should but not as much as before. The spark plugs helped a lot. Also its wasting a little more gas than it did with a bigger gap.

I was getting worried t :-? hat my little scort that i love wasnt going to work anymore and had to get a new car.

[ This message was edited by: Mitsu3000GT on 20-04-2003 20:07 ]
 

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if you´re getting rpm spikes (going up real fast) without the acceleration to match, you´ve got a problem in the power transfer, and that´s 9 times out of 10 in clutch slippage.
 
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