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What did you do to your 2nd gen today??

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by chestypuller, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    The alternator failed in my Escort back when a friend owned it twenty years ago. The rear bearing had failed to the point of allowing the rotor to scrape the steel parts of the stator, so I replaced just the bearing, as the brushes were still fine.
    It's worked great ever since, although I underdrive it by about half, so it has an easier life.

    I am constantly disappointed in new ways with new and exchange rebuilt parts, so try to do as much repair myself.

    There is a very good auto electrical rebuilder in my city where I can buy individual parts, or have my own starters and alternators rebuilt, if I choose.

    There is definitely a difference in the local rebuilt items and parts store, exchange rebuild units. The difference is that the local rebuilder does a good job.
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    My Escort was my only car at the time, so I had to take what I could get locally. Obviously getting an original at a junkyard and fixing it if necessary might be a better thing to try, but it's slim pickings at the junkyard and it's likely to be a crap rebuilt one anyway.
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    I got another replacement remanufactured alternator from NAPA, specifically Rayloc 213-3071D. They honored the warranty and were amazed that I still had the receipt from 2008. Actually the warranty excluded wear, so I am probably lucky that I even got this. I had three to chose from at the Laurel NAPA this time. The first squeaky one,. Another one exactly like it, except with a slightly different pulley, and no squeaks (both of these with aftermarket cases and regulators). A third one that didn't squeak, and had a Motorcraft case and regulator, and even a slightly smaller pulley. I chose the last one. It's in the car and so far in the driveway working great. I downsized my 53.5" serpentine belt to a spare new 53" Goodyear Gatorback that never fit before. I would have preferred a 53.25" serpentine belt, but with the 53.5" belt and the slightly smaller alternator pulley, it was really close to the power steering pump, so I swapped out the Dayco 53.5 (which had 40K miles on it) for the smaller and new Goodyear Gatorback. It's kind of close to the crankshaft pulley now, but not dangerously so and I was able to get the belt on without too much trouble, so as it wears I should be OK.

    Getting good voltage it idle too.
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    Installed an auto dimming rear view mirror with compass from a Nissan maxima. It also has the homelink feature to open my garage door, so now I don't have to keep up with an opener.
    Just to add a note, the Nissan mirrors have the mounting tab on the windshield that is nearly identical to the Ford tab.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    It's the freakishly rare garaged Ford Escort!
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I think Fiats, Jaguars, & Renaults are more commonly garaged, since they are more likely to be non-working.
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    Replaced front brake pads, rotors, and brake hardware, including the rubber boots. Freed up the caliper sliding part.
    After replacing the alternator about a week ago, the car doesn't squeak any more.
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  8. LilRedWagon92

    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    Finally brought my gt home from my moms. Finally going to finish up all the interior upgrades


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  9. LilRedWagon92

    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    Got off work early today so I had time to pull the interior apart and put the red carpet in the EGT. Also am really enjoying this auto up and down window switch from Europe


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  10. Joey_Twowagons

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    Very nice, but the US style automatic seatbelts spoil the look a bit for me.
    Have you thought of using the manual style Canadian belts?
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    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    Yes, I do have a set in my basement, just brought the car home, that’s my first task this summer is to install them, wish they were red tho


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    Developed some sort of leak causing large amounts of smoke coming out of the engine bay that is very noticeable when stopped at traffic lights. I suspect that it's either a coolant leak hitting something hot, or maybe an exhaust leak. Got 2-3 miles from home before turning back and switching to my other car.
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    I replaced a vacuum hose. One that goes from the vacuum solenoid to the charcoal canister. Not the firs time I had done this on the car. Cleaned a bunch of stuff. Took out the battery and air box to inspect the motor mount under the battery try. As you can see the motor mount was fine:
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    Jim's 94 LX Escort Binky

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    Jim's 94 LX Escort Binky

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    Replaced mine a couple of years ago with new.
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    Impressive interior detailing. I like your idea of removing the seats. It doesn't take too long and really helps with access.
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    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    Started to swap my seatbelts out from automatic to manual. The only thing I’ll have to work with is the short headliner
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I didn't think about the headliner being a problem with the seatbelt conversion.
    Bummer.
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    If I ever get to doing that, why wouldnt I just leave the top interior plastic part in place to cover up the door frame?
    With two of my Escorts the driver's side belts dont work to retract anymore. So we just buckle up the waist belt And shoulder belts.

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