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Looks like a tear down is in order....

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  1. chdrummerdude

    chdrummerdude FEOA Member

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    About a month ago the wife and I were taking the escort out of town about an hour and a half away. All highway driving. Car ran and drove without a hic-up all the way up to the very moment I exited off the highway. Light was red came to a complete stop and waited for the light to change. car still sounds fine at this point. Light turns green and bam instant loss of power. Luckily the car still ran well enough to drop it off at a friends house in the town we were visiting. Finally got around to messing with it and I have lost all compression in cyl 2 & 3. When running the compression test I can hear the Air from the cyl I'm testing go into the adjacent cyl. i.e 2 leaks into 3 when 2 is being tested and likewise the other way around. So looks like the head is coming off to see what kind of damage I'm into.
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    Neuron FEOA Member

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    That sucks, post up some pictures when you get it torn down.
  3. chdrummerdude

    chdrummerdude FEOA Member

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    Since the car has been about an hour and a half away I finally decided to put it into the hands of a friend who has a shop in the town where the car was sitting. He finally got the head off last week and from what I can tell the head gasket blew between cyl 2 & 3. If I had let the car sit when I noticed the power loss I'd prolly only be into this with a head gasket and a trip to the machine shop. Since I tried to push the car I blew a channel through the head between cyl 2 & 3 as well. So here's where the fun starts. I can get a running zx2 that needs a trans for $500 and swap the zetec into the pony or just order me a reman head for 200 and call it a day.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    The remanufactured head is going to be a much simpler/faster task. I would ask me machinist if the head could be milled down to eliminate the channel in the head.
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    Since the SPI swap in that car, I had 2 head gaskets fail at that exact same place. The head was checked by a machine shop (they said it was good) but I had them true it up anyway. It came back freshly milled on the bottom so I trusted that they had done the work. It was fine after that, but I guess this proves there was definitely something wrong with that head from the beginning.

    I also had 1 head gasket fail at that spot on my '96 1.9, and since I ran it too long like that it cracked the head between 2-3.

    Guess it's a common thing.

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