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Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by PapaChach, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. PapaChach

    PapaChach FEOA Member

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    Yesss, I love it! Miss my blue wagon so much!


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    Very clean, looks like you got that from the auction?
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    Very observant Pizzaman. Car-fax says same owner for until last year. Whoever bought it put all new quickstruts, exhaust, battery, brakes, Hankook tires, etc. then (I am guessing) slid into a curb or something with the right rear tire. It bent the infamous lower bolt that connects the two suspension links to the bottom of the hub.
    I was surprised it didn't bend the links at all. However, Oxy / acetylene torch burned out the bushing on the rear-most link. Lucky for me I had a set of aftermarket adjustable links. I just had to exchange the metal sleeve for the longer one in the original. (everyone following me?)
    When I go for an alignment I will have them check if the rim is bent and bring a couple spare rims just in case.
    I still have the complete rear disk set-up from a GT but this car is so clean and original I am leaving it alone for now.
    Started exchanging the instrument cluster for one with a tach but gave up when it got dark. 3 bulbs were burnt out and I hate that shift light arrow.
    Hard to believe they totaled the car but it is an old Escort and the job is a PIA.
    This is for my youngest son who I want to learn how to drive a manual.
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    Swapping the 93 Tracer instrument cluster to the 94' : Not going so great. From reading several posts I might need a 94' Cluster. Any ideas? The 94' is a F4CF-10C956-A.
    Yellow. The transplant from the Tracer is FOCF-10C956-C. Green.
    I have been looking on eBay and I see Pink and Yellow.

    I have been in the garage for hours. Tried about everything I can think of. HELP!
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    As far as changing from a cluster not having the tachometer to one that does have it, for 2nd generation Escorts they are not-plug and play compatible as far as I could tell. I had thought of doing it with my 92LX, but found that I would have to totally rewire all three connectors coming to the back of the cluster. I have the five EVTMs for my Escorts from 91 through 95, which show the wiring diagrams for both the LX and the GT versions. In each case where I checked, rewiring the connectors on the three wiring harnesses would have been necessary, regardless of what year they were from.

    A few members have painstakingly done the wire by wire process, and gotten things working. What I did instead was to connect up a tachometer temporarily and let it lie on the dashboard. That satisfied my curiosity about rpm versus engine speed in each gear.

    I understand you can swap clusters on the 3rd gen Escorts, at least for the most part: but my Escorts are all 2nd generation.
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    Thanks denisond3, I have done this before on my 2nd gens. 94' is the newest one I have had to this point. I believe it has something to do with the circuit board that slides in the top back of the cluster. Maybe?
    It wasn't that bad the other times I did this but the cluster was from the same year car. This time I am putting in a 93 Tracer cluster in a 94 Escort and it is just not happy...
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    You could use the chip from the 94 (if I recall correctly the chip has to match the year) and change the wires for the three plugs according to the schematic and it should work. But the idiot lights at the bottom wouldn't illuminate correctly due to the addition of an airbag (and ABS?) light in the 94 and the 93 grey bezel wouldn't have those. (They would still light up but the icons would be incorrect)

    You'd also have to run a wire from the EDIS module under the hood for your tach. I did the swap on my 91 however I used a 91 tach cluster to keep the idiot lights matching.

    **On a side note, I'm kind of digging the blue-on-blue color scheme of the wagon.
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    I think the chip has to match the the circuit board as well. Anyway I was lucky that the local JY had a 94' instrument cluster. Finally the project is over. I had a terrible time with the check lights when you turn on the ignition. A couple of the bulb just had to me taken out and put back in. Connection problem. Here is the final result anyway. the white gauges didn't match the font and markings exactly. I was tempted to peel off the black covers and then put on the white but followed the directions this time. I like it but it is not perfect.

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    here is pictures of the bent lower suspension bolt. and the new suspension link I installed. Look at the new struts and exhaust the previous owner was nice enough to install.
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    Here is a picture of the broken rear defroster switch. A tiny piece of plastic broke off not allowing the switch to catch when pushed. Therefore only allowing rear defrost if you keep your finger on the switch. That was the only thing stopping me from completing this project today.
    While polishing the headlights I thought to put in the Tracer grill. However, I notice it wouldn't fit because of the airbag sensors. Must me that airbag cars have different grills than non-airbag cars.
    Now who out there has an airbag Tracer grill for me!?!?!?!?!?
    and some clear corners while you're at it...
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    Hey PapaChach,

    Cool new addition to your family there!

    The rear defroster switch had something like a 90% failure rate on Escorts. It was apparently a defective design, with that little plastic catch being too weak to last long in service. In addition, that switch isn't being made any more, so it's really hard to find one unless at a junkyard... and then who knows how long that one will last.

    I wound up replacing mine a while ago, with a standard off the shelf switch rated to handle the current. I did the switch replacement while I had the instrument cluster out to replace old bulbs with LEDs. Go see the story here:

    https://www.feoa.net/threads/what-did-you-do-to-your-wagon-today.71738/page-29

    Scroll down to Message #578.

    After replacing your switch, you may find your rear defroster still doesn't work. This is because of Another common defect in our Escorts-- the supply wire breaks inside the rubber grommet where it flexes at the tailgate hinge. Denisond has fixed several of these-- involves pulling out some of the broken wire and splicing it, then your defroster is good to go.
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    Yes, I have fixed that on two of the wagons in my family have two more to do. I also replaced the rusted little screws holding the license light lenses on. Getting the interior panel off of the gate, and one of the interior panels of the trunk are was involved. Not rocket science though, just part of a weekend to do it.
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    This is my first problem with the rear defroster on any of mine. License lenses I did a while ago.
    When I bought a tailgate for a latch I took it all apart and figured how to fix the tailgate luggage light with a little sandpaper and dielectric grease.
    BTW: I don't how many people were confused or laughing at me but I did some more searching on here and realized the Tracer grill headlights and bumper are different. Nothing to do with airbag car or not.
    I do have a legitimate question that I haven't researched yet.
    I got two markers (tracer clear) for the car and one has a three pronged socket. Perfect fit. Went to put in the second and hmmmmm. A four pronged socket, hole. Mine won't fit. Went to every parts store in town and they show the sockets that I have.
    Anyone seen this before? I'll research after dinner.
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    I know that with the Escorts, the front turn signal housings changed as far as the bulb and sockets were concerned, though the housing itself looked the same from the outside. There was an early type on my 91LX, and a later type as on my 94LX. I cant recall which was which though. One bulb was an 1157, the other style had a 3157 I think. The connectors between the bulb and the wiring harness were also different.
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    You are correct sir!

    They made this change in the '93 year when they went from the barrel style bulb to the blade style. My aunt actually had a '93 wagon that had both styles! Blade in the front signals and barrel in the rear. Guess they were in transition?

    You can carefully remove the wires from either socket and convert one to the other if you can't find another lens. I did this to my '91 when I found some excellent condition Tracer lenses from a newer model.
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