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hi everyone,

I have an '02 Escort, and somethin happened yesterday and I'm trying to find out whats goin on with it.

so I was driving last night and then the car started idling rough, and when I got to a red light, it stalled. Its an automatic so you know.

I got it back running and took it to the nearest gas station and this is what I saw:

- the oil was fine, clean and full.
- the radiator was dried(which would make sense cause the temperature was rising.
- checked the air filter and there was no water, oil, etc.
- other than that, there was white smoke comin from exhaust AFTER putting water in it.
- once water was put in it, it got to running after a few tries.


so I got it home and checked everything again, and so now the cars hanging out at home and I haven't driven it since because I wanna find out what it could be first.

The check engine light just came on when I turned it on, but I didn't pull the code yet, cause I don't know how to do it.

if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. If you have any other questions that might help ya in diagnosing it, feel free to ask.

thanks to anyone who can help.
 

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Boy oh boy if you put water back in it and started to smoke white, the engine blew the head gasket.

Check the oil again and look if it is milk chocolate; if it is get ready for an engine repair.

Experience talking.
 

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Intake manifold gasket. There is a water passage that it seals off and occasionally it will leak.
 

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Intake Manifold Gasket?

so I'm assuming that if the oil doesn't look like Chocolate milk, that it'd be the intake manifold gasket?
 

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It's an idea, not a guaranty. It can take some time for water to show up in the oil, its not immediately going to show up there but if the head gasket is bad it will. A compression test would be a good place to start.
 

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New here, but my car stalled before when the PCV hose was cracked. Was really rough idle and stalled at a stop. Its to the right side of the cam cover if you don't know where it is. Check that over good to see if you may need to replace it. It got hot and cracked / melted on mine, but it had a ton of miles on it. Good luck.
 

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I was reading earlier about the other end of the PCV on someone elses 3rd gen (97+) cracked and leaked, causing the same problem. It would be on top of the Intake manifold, just behind the throttle body. I also read that this piece can be by-passed.

Now you did say there was white smoke, this is probably the intake manifold gasket, like madmatt2024 said. I would try replacing that anyways, and if both don't work, then yeah, the head gasket blew between a water jacket and the piston, (like my 2nd gen does about every 6 months :mad: ). Seems like the newer these cars are, the less Ford put into the quality of them.
 

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Re: New here and trying to figure out whats wrong...

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The check engine light just came on when I turned it on, but I didn't pull the code yet, cause I don't know how to do it.
You need a code reader or scan tool to read the code(s). Many places (like Pep Boys) will read the codes for free. They do it hoping that you will buy parts or get work done by them.
 

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yeah, Just had a diagnostic done and they showed me where the head gasket was leaking (cylinders 3&4). sucks. oh well. Time to check out the repair forums.
 

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**UPDATE**

so I looked into reaplacing the head gasket, and though I've never done it, I'm up to the challenge.

so there's the head gasket & the head gasket set. is it better for me to just replace the head gasket, or should I get the set & try to replace everything?? mainly I wanna get whats neccessary so that way I can drive it again, and then take care of everything else as its needed.

Any sugguestions?
 

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Your probably better off getting the head gasket set. It has other gaskets you may need to replace along the way.
 

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okay, I got it out of precaution. So do I need to replace everything like immediately or should I be waiting to see if there's a problem or somethin?

and also is there a how-to with pictures somewhere on the forums? cause I don't know where it is.
 

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If you haven't already go buy the Haynes manual for your car. I wouldn't consider diving into a job like that without one.
 

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Auto Zone, Advance Auto, O'reilly Auto, just to name a few can get a Haynes manual for you if they don't already have one on the shelf. Just picked one up last week.
 
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