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Rear Doors and Antenna

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by fortunateson, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. fortunateson

    fortunateson FEOA Member

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    Hi all,

    After 384,000 km we’ve had to retire our ‘94 so now we have a’98. Two questions...
    The fron doors you can open without unlocking them from th inside, just pull the handle and they open. The rears seem to have to have the lock pin in the up position then you can use the handle to open the doors. Is this normal or should the rear doors work like the fronts?

    Secondly, to remove the antenna do you just unplug from the radio, remove the two screws on th roof and pull th antenna and wire out or is it more complicated. Poor AM reception and I’m thinking th connector is bugger at the radio. I would tie a string to the cable where it plugs into the radio so I can then attach the string to the replacement and then pull it back through.

    Thanks!
  2. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I dont know about the lock pins on the rear doors, but I would see if the 'child safety lock' feature is set so the doors can be opened from the outside, but not from the inside.

    As for removing the antenna: Maybe you will be the one to do a write up for that. My Escorts (I have five) are all 2nd gen. and may be different, but I once looked at removing the antenna, and gave up. It looked like it was going to involve removing the inner plastic panel beside the windshield, and the dashboard. I recall that the cable for the antenna did not make a nice straight shot from behind the instrument panel over to that windshield pillar.

    Also I once had to repair the fitting that plugs into the radio - since it didnt come out of the radio in one piece. That required some careful soldering skills, and had to be done right at the slot where the radio would fit in.
  3. fortunateson

    fortunateson FEOA Member

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    Regarding the rear doors... if the lock pin is pulled up you can unlatch from the inside no problem. The childproof locks are not activated. My question is should they be able to open like the front doors where you don't have to pull the pin up you simple open the doors with the inside latch.

    Regarding the antenna wire I'm not done yet as I have my '94 antenna almost out. The last little bit is hung up behind the instrument cluster but I will get it out. On the '98 the AM reception is OK except near the lower ranges areound 650-690.
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  5. fortunateson

    fortunateson FEOA Member

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    Thank you for such a definitive answer! Now onto the antenna removal...
  6. Escort230

    Escort230 I named my baby OJ.

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    Regarding antenna's. I had thought my stereo to be dead dead dead!
    But nooooooo! Turn out if put one of those cassette thingy's that allows you to plug into an mp3 player, it works just fine, actually sounds pretty good even!
    So what might my problem be? I get no radio stations at all, but it appears perhaps the stereo is not to blame.
    Could it be the antenna or is there some other component, like an antenna amp that might be at fault? Of course we're talking 1999 series 3.
    Sure would be nice to have a functioning radio.
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    fortunateson FEOA Member

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    In my case I think the lead from the antenna to the unit itself is buggered. OK for FM but intermittent AM reception. Finally got the one out of the '94 and will try to transplant it to the '98. Good luck with yours...

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