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My '91 EGT has now had a heater problem. I should mention that it's EXTREMELY cold right here. I had my heater blowing on high (level 4) and I turned off my car for a while while I went shopping. When I came back the heater was still set on 4, but no air was coming out of the vents. I also could not hear the blower motor running. I checked my fuses and the only one I found that related was for "heater" at 20A, and it was fine. I whacked what I THINK is the blower motor (there are two things under the glove box that I dont know what they are...) a couple of times and checked the cables & plugs while the ignition was on so I could listen & nothing. I turned my car off & gave up... then I came back out to it, and it was working again without me doing anything. It seems to be blowing at about 2/3 power, but it works. I should also mention that when it wasn't working I could still feel heat come through the vents as I was driving because it was on the fresh air setting. What the heck could this be?

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I posted a while back about my rear driver sider wheel making some noise. It turns out that the caliper is broken and stuck or fused in a semi closed position. The disc is pretty much ruined now, and Im replacing bothe calipers, discs and pads... but I cant do it for a few more days... my mechanic friend assures me that I can't do any more damage by driving it like this for now as long as I go easy on it.... the noise is annoying, but is he right about the damage?
 

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you cant ruin a cracked caliper any more than it already is... its already junk, it is, however , EXTREMELY dangerous....
 

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I'd suspect the blower motor is dying (or dead) Had to replace mine when the car (95lx) was 8 yrs old - it didnt die right away, just was buzzing in and out, sometimes working at like 0.1 rpm, sometimes half speed..
Its that round thing under the glove copartment.
 

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You may be able to clean up the brushes/ contacts on your blower motor. I'm not sure if the Escort's is doable, but I've had good luck on other makes. I'm an electronics tech and repair all types of motors this way. If the brushes are removable, you can lightly sand them with fine sand paper or emery cloth, and the rotor contacts too. If it's sealed, try flushing it with contact cleaner ( read the label as some products can damage plastics). If you can, hook it up to an external power source (12VDC) and run it in both directions for a minite alternately. If the motor isn't too worn, it can extend the life for a while.
 

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I had poblems with my blower motor ones. Turned out to be that the drain holes in the fenders where water that runs off your windshield goes through were clogged with leaves. In this weather it can get clogged with ice too. Melting snow dripped inot the air intake for the heating system and drowned the motor. I dried it aout and reinstalled it and it's worked fine for over two years now. While you have the motor out drill a hole in the plastic cover so that water can run out if it ever gets in again.
 
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