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I would be glad to wait in line for black-friday bargains, but the junkyards and auto parts places around here dont seem to have them. So I stayed home, and after spending the early part of the day cleaning piston ring grooves and the threads of the exhaust manifold studs of a Chev Cavalier, I ate and ate.
 

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Im older than many of you, and driving at night is not the fun it used to be for a combination of reasons. One is older eyes (though cataracts fixed once already), another is that I have already had a deer come up across the hood of my car, also have had to clean away a slow jackrabbit; I would rather not repeat either impact. Another is the matter of more traffic on the highways, and 18 wheelers with high placed headlamps, & cars with brighter lights in my rear view mirrors.
My solution is to avoid night time driving on long trips. The headlamps on my 94LX were losing lens clarity, so I bought new ones for an upcoming trip that would necessitate some night driving. I couldnt really tell a difference, but they looked nice when looking at the car from outside of it.
 

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kanak; The speedometers on most of the Escorts in my family read higher than actual speed, as measured by the 'speed-reader-signs' and our GPS which reads to the 'tenth'. With my 94LX 5-speed an indicated 60 seems to actually be a 55. Its not so pronounced with our other Escorts, but I kind of like it. I wouldnt want the error to be a reading on the low side.

I seem to remember plastic spark plug caps on the new 74 Chev Vega my boss bought. But compared with the other shortcoming that car had, the plug caps were a non-issue.
 

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Quite a few times I have tried to check my GPS units (an old Garmin Street Pilot and a Magellan 1430), against the mile marking roads signs in different states. They indicate the same distance as do the signs, to within the nearest 'tenth'; and the same average speed, also to the nearest tenth - plus or minus a digit. At least when I can maintain a fairly steady speed over the distance. But I never tried it above about 72mph, and it takes the two of us: Me driving & my wife checking the readings.

I have confidence in my GPS units, but when we drive down the peninsula toward Port Bolivar to cross over to Galveston Island, - Both Of Them- indicate that were are 12 feet below sea level!

There was a story I read on the internet a couple of years ago. If I recall the details: A gent got a speeding ticket for going 42 mph in a 25 mph school zone. He knew he wasnt going that fast, but of course this isnt something you argue about with a patrolman. He had an app on his smartphone called something like 'tracker', that would let him print out a plot of his speed versus time; and it had been turned on. He also sat in traffic court a couple of days to learn the procedural details. (Which included being polite & professional). When his day came he asked why the written ticket he got didnt have the model number of the radar gun, or the date of its last calibration. He also asked the patrolman when he had last taken the radar timing check training; it was supposed to be repeated each 6 months. Those were all required by the state laws. And the patrolman's answers to the questions were all unsatisfactory to the judge. Then he showed the judge the printout from 'tracker, and offered to bring up the web site on his laptop, or the courts laptop, to show that had not merely faked a page. The plot showed the 'stop', at the right time and date, and showed that in the previous 15 minutes of driving, his top speed had been 26. The judge cancelled the ticket, told the patrolman not to appear before him so poorly prepared; and thanked the gent for his civility and knowledge, and said he expected he would have to learn about the technology, figuring it was going to be coming up repeatedly.
 

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In defense of the "famously underbuilt slushbox" F4EAT transmissions:.....
If I drove where going over 45 was a rarity, I would keep the shifter in "D" - drive, instead of in "OD", overdrive. Thats how I drive my Escorts with the automatic trans. In VA we live in the dense suburbs of Fairfax County, where traffic lights are seldom a mile apart, and stop signs and street turns much closer together than that. I find it makes the car more responsive and saves me using the brakes as much, since the coast-down to a traffic light in 3rd is better than in 4th. Its also how the Owners Manuals for 91 through 95 advises using the Drive versus OverDrive. I dont know about the later years, not having seen them. It saves wear on the 3-4 clutch pack in the transmission, which Im told by rebuilders is the one that wears out first. The car seems happy in 3rd gear to 60-65 and faster. Beyond that; I cant comment on any weakness of the F4EAT, not having driven any of my rebuilt ones far enough to wear out again. And I bought each of them purposely with failed automatic transmissions - for the double reason of keeping costs down, and 'obliging me' to rebuild them: That's the only way I would have confidence in taking them on drives across the country. If I got a great bargain on a used Escort with an auto trans; I would rebuild the trans anyway, before I started on a long out of town trip with it.
I would likely do the same 'fix' by replacing the clutch if the next Escort I got had a 5-speed.

We were driving up a long grade in AZ last summer in our 91LX, and I pushed further down on the gas than I realized - and going about 75 mph it downshifted into 3rd; upshifting at about 80 mph when I lifted my foot. It accelerated nicely in 3rd.

As far as buying a transmission rebuilt by anyone else - I have seen the insides of two F4EAT units that had been rebuilt before, but with serious mistakes involved. I managed to rebuild both of them though, with rebuilt torque converters of course. As I think is typical with Master Rebuild Kits, they each came with instructions about circumventing some historical weaknesses of the original internals.
 

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Im still using three batteries I got for less than the cheapest Walmart ones. One was from Costco, bought two years ago for $62. Two others were bought in Mexico about 3 years ago, where they wont sell you a new one without you turning in an old one, (or at least they wont sell it to a ******), and they cost $25 U.S.D. each. No guarantee as far as I know, no mention of brand name nor advertising on them either.
Admittedly these only get used 6 months a year, sitting unused and disconnected the other six months; and except for this "colder than usual" winter, they seldom need to start the car in temps below +50f.
Each is marked with the month/year I bought it, so I can keep track of longevity.
 

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As much as I can I avoid driving at night outside of urban areas - to avoid hitting any more deer. Now do we have to worry about bears too?
 

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On the 2nd gen Escorts, the wagon license light lenses are different from those on the hatchbacks - different width to the lens and the mounting screws. I dont know about the 3rd gen ones. I have had to use my Dremel mini cutter wheel to make a slot in the rusted screw heads to remove them.
 

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Gamer92: Try starting off in Low instead of drive, and see if that makes a difference. In talking to the prior owners of the Escorts I bought with worn out automatic transmissions, a couple of them mentioned that they had been starting out if Low instead of in Drive - for many months, due noticing slippage.
 

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I have some well worn CV joints on my Escort, which I can move slightly - by pushing the axle shaft inward toward the transmission as much as a millimeter. And I can rotate the axle itself a degree or two, without the wheel turning. I consider it normal wear. In fact, until the thing starts to make clicking noises on sharp turns or until the rubber boots are ripped open - I consider them to be just fine.

Note: In VA last summer when I took one of my Escorts in for the annual safety inspect, he found an outer CV joint boot that was ripped. I had to replace it to have the car pass the inspection. The guy explained that for the last several years the inspection law had said ripped boots were not passable, but just this year the state started enforcing the language of the inspections more closely; with undercover guys bringing cars in for inspections that had item that were bad, and if the inspector didnt catch the 'failed' items - he would lose his inspection certificate for a year. I would have seen the boot when I did my next oil change, and would have replaced it - but this was the first time a safety inspector had actually looked. I took my 87 minivan in for the inspection, and the guy looked under the hood for a while. Even though the van is exempt from emissions testing due to its age (over 25), it still has to have all of the emissions equipment in place to pass the safety inspect. Another thing that impressed me, is that the inspector, whose name is Muhammid, remembered me from last year; since I bring in 7 cars in September and October.
In TX beginning 2 years ago, vehicles built with catalytic converters have to have them in place and looking intact, in order to pass the safety inspection. (The county we live in is mostly ranching, and doesnt have emissions testing requirements - yet.
 

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I had my 2nd gen up to 80 today on I-2. It was only momentary, as I was cruising the speed limit of 70 otherwise. There were 4 of us in the car, and the trunk was full of stuff.
 

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ditto on madmatt2024 post. The bearing can only be pressed into the spindle from the backside of the spindle, then the hub gets pressed into the bearing from the frontside of the spindle. At least that is the way on 2nd gen Escorts.
 

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I have probably bought $10,000 of goods from rockauto over the past 10 years, for Escorts & a dozen other vehicles - and so far their packaging/packing has always been entirely satisfactory to me.
But the company "rockauto" deals with dozens of wholesalers all over the US - each of which seems to do their own packing & shipping - just using the rockauto tape and labels. The few times I have needed to call their tech line about something, I have always been satisfied with the results.
 

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Where we live in TX they dont seem to care about cracks in windshields. My 94LX is down here due to the crack in the windshield that would have cost me about $250 to fix in Virginia, where they do require replacement if any crack is more than 6" long or within the sweep of the wipers. The windshield on my 87 G20 sportvan has a long crack as well; hence it got TX tags on it too.
 

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Is it posibble the seal at the torque converter has gotten pushed out? I had to take out the trans and install a seat retiner on one of my Escorts. It had developed a sudden large leak from the bell housing.
 

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I use many zip ties on my cars, and two of them have some rust in the same place as the car in your picture. One of the many valuable aspects to these forums is getting little reminders to check things on my car - such as if my rear bumpers are loose at that same spot.
 

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I also have the 'want to unlike' pop up after I have 'liked' a post. I hit escape to back out of the page. It only happens to me when Windows 8 is the operating system. On the old laptop with the missing keycaps & windows 7 - it doesnt happen at all.
 
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