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Need advice bringing this 95 back to life

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Will French, May 22, 2017.

  1. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    All of the fuel injected cars in our family fleet are hard to start on a single crank. So we developed the habit of cranking for one or two seconds, stopping for a second and cranking again. Almost always they start fine on the second crank.

    Regarding the old gas, if the car runs all right after it gets going, I'd just use up the old fuel as much as possible in ordinary driving, then add a gallon or two of new, let it get very low again and then fill it up.
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    I only had a quarter tank or so to begin with, took 12 gallons when I got to the gas station, and I dumped a can of seafoam in it and gave the other half through the vacuum line. It's been throwing an intermittent lean code, I'm sure the o2 sensor is covered in deposits from burning coolant. Its only thrown the CEL once since then, and just for about 30 seconds. Gas mileage was pretty dismal at 21, but I expect that should go up next fill up
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    21 mpg in city driving or highway?
    You might not be getting an accurate mileage reading on only one fill up.

    My Escort has shown a lean code 172 pretty much every time I've scanned it since I've owned it (about ten years), but still gets good mileage. The CEL occasionally lights up, but goes out again usually after one or two starts and stops, if I don't clear it with the scan tool.

    Overall, does your car drive well?
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    Seafoam through the vacuum lines generally kills some sparkplugs. Throw some new ones in there and see if it runs better.
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    How does Seafoam kill spark plugs?
    Once an engine is running, any wetness or deposits will burn off pretty quickly.
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    I've used seafoam on just about every vehicle I've owned except the diesels. Out of the 30 or so I've never had a problem. It did smooth out the idle on this car. Still a little rough since the nipple on the PCV broke off though. My gas gauge is really inaccurate too, when I fill up its past full, but in 80 miles I'm down to 1/4 tank. And when I fill up it only takes like 3 and a half gallons. Thinking I may have bent the float rod when I replaced the pump. Also, after 200 miles of driving, the car will not stay warm while driving, like a stuck open thermostat. I saw in the sticky about the bypass, but is the bypass not just a clear opening between the head and the other side of the thermostat? Is something supposed to be in there? And has anyone sealed off the bypass and just drilled a pin hole in the thermostat like most traditional thermostats are set up

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