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I almost bought this cute red 96 ford escort 2dr hatchback ...had 70k miles on it. The engine was smooth and all. The thing that stopped me from buying was the brakes , a slight squeeking noise, which the mechanic said will go away after u drive it frequently and the exhaust pipe. There was this constant grey color smoke coming out of it. I tried to compare it with my dads 2001 windstar , just to see if it was due to the cold weather or real smoke. But guess it was smoke and there were drops of water spraying out now and then from exhaust pipe. Wouldnt stop even after 10 minutes.... The mechanic checked teh coolant , oil and things ....looked good. Is the grey smoke expected from 96 car , didnt have a old car to compare so thgt somebody might help.
Need a car badly for winter job . please help- Cr :)
 

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well water coming out of the exhaust pipe is generally just condensation from the temperature change. The hot gas coming out and the cold metal/air around it. After ten minutes I would expect it to reduce a lot if not all together...depends on the weather really.

Now it depends if what you saw coming out of the tailpipe is steam or smoke. Obviously steam would relate to the temp change thing above. however if it is smoke that is something different altogether. There could be many causes for this. Depends on your budget really. a 96 should run in top notch. You can have the mechanic check the ECU codes and that will tell you better if there is something going on. The other thing is a compression test. If you can take it to a independant mechanic and have a compression test done that would seal the deal. if it is close to stock specs with no major variation between all four pistons then you should be good. If the compression test checks out then it can only be a minor problem.

Escorts are good fun and cheap little cars. Good luck with your search.
 

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The steam you seen is normal. A Catalytic converter's bi-product is water. Since the exhaust gasses are hot and the weather is cold, you will see the steam. Even after ten minutes, it is normal.

Brakes, is your father mechanically inclined at all? Escort brakes are one of the easiest I have ever seen to work on. If you lived near me (Akron, Ohio) I would be more then willing to check the car out for you and assist you in any way possible.


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RoLLiNnCaLi said:
You mean there's more girls getting on here? :eek: Damn..LoL... good luck with the scort if u do buy it!

Laci

PS glad to see more girls on here... with all these single guys on here... LoL
:twisted: 8) single guys?? where?? :D

Good luck buyin the scort. I want another one...maybe a 1.9 LX 2nd gen... :idea:
 

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sweetgurl said:
I almost bought this cute red 96 ford escort 2dr hatchback:)
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sweetgurl said:
The thing that stopped me from buying was the brakes , a slight squeeking noise, which the mechanic said will go away after u drive it frequently
Even if it does have a brake problem it should be cheap and easy to fix (and it most likely does not, just rust on the rotors from lack of use).

sweetgurl said:
and the exhaust pipe. There was this constant grey color smoke coming out of it. I tried to compare it with my dads 2001 windstar , just to see if it was due to the cold weather or real smoke. But guess it was smoke and there were drops of water spraying out now and then from exhaust pipe. Wouldnt stop even after 10 minutes....
I think this might be indicitive of some sort of head gasket problem. I don't see how checking the coolant could help. It could have a slow leak. If you figure a new head gasket into the price of the car and bid appropriately.
 
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