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tons of problems

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by not_a_mechanic, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. not_a_mechanic

    not_a_mechanic Guest

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    :mad: :(

    1st off, i'm not_a_mechanic, i'm one of those people who just drives their car. So here we go with my list of problems hopefully someone can help me out. i drive a 2002 escort se with 97k, i bought the car in 04 with 42k

    lights inside on the radio/ac are dim/ too dark

    when turning the wheel, i hear/feel a thump (i've been told i need a rack and pinion, i've had this problem goin on 2 yrs)

    when i step on the brake i hear a squeaky kind of noise

    & last but not least, today when i was tryin to go to work; when i stepped on the brake my tail lights didn't come on and i was unable to put the car into any gear

    PLEH EM ESEALP
    HELP ME PLEASE!!
  2. Wingnut

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    Honesty is the best policy!
    1. There should be a dimmer wheel on the dash in front of your steering wheel to the left of the steering column, spinning it left or right will dim/brighten your instrument cluster. Once it reaches the brightest it can get a little extra force and you'll feel it click to a final position where your interior lights should turn on. Be sure to have all your doors closed when you try this.
    1.a. I just thought that the 02's might still have a knob you have to pull out to turn the headlights on. If that's the case spin that knob counterclockwise to brighten the cluster/radio, clockwise to dim them.
    2. The thump you hear could be your steering (bad rack-n-pinion) but it might also be a bad ball joint. I don't know how to check for r-n-p but checking the ball joint is easy. Jack up one tire and with the tire still on place your hands at 3 and 9 on the tire and try to turn the tire like your were making a left then right hand turn. The tire should not move. Do the same at 12 and 6 checking for any play. Do the same thing for the other tire, if either of them shake it's probably your ball joint.
    3. Your brake pads have a small metal plate that will rub on the rotor when the pads have been worn down to where they need to be replaced. Squeaky brakes mean you need new brake pads. Before getting new pads pull the front tires and rub your finger across the rotor, it should be flat and smooth, if not you may need to have your rotors turned/replaced.
    4. Pretty sure there is a sensor/release switch that engages when the brake is depressed that unlocks the gear shift.....Think I'll let someone else answer this one, never had to work on something like that.
    Good luck, hope this helps!

    Wingnut.
  3. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I'm thinking a burnt out light bulb, bad outer tie rod ends for the thump, brake pads that need to be replaced, and burn out brake light bulbs or a bad brake light switch.

    I could fix these in a day and still have time left over.
  4. codywithracescort

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    first of all agree with the pads and all the other stuff with the first replay the second it wouldnt be just a burt tail light because the shifter would move then its the relese switch located on the brake pedle that is bad just like the first response

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