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What did you do to your 3rd gen today??

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by ndlm8888, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Duplicate, remove please
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    Those are BRIGHT!
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    Yeah - I'm sure this has been answered before, but do those LEDs dim down significantly at night? (that's the only caveat I have of not upgrading to LED)
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    This is dim

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    92Sauce FEOA Member

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    Those are DIM!
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    I'm thinking about putting traditional bulbs back in mine. It'll match my stock radio again and won't be as obnoxious at night.

    They really are TOO bright, IMHO, and mine don't even have that many diodes.
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    Wash and wax and new photos
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    Over the last week I've been hearing this annoying rattle sound at certain ha pedal positions. Mostly around 30% throttle. It makes like a rattling sound in the cabin. I pulled my drive belt off alternator and it still remained. So I revved the engine with the throttle body and saw the timing belt jumping around. Either the belt stretched or the tensioner went south. Replaced all the components during rebuild and only ha d 22k on them.



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    ndlm8888 scortin daily

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    exact reason I switched to the 1.9l water pump and timing belt. If there is a warranty on tensioner take it back and get a new one I went through 4 or 5 till I switched. Belts dont tend to stretch that soon
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    It was from rock auto with a lifetime warranty. Going to warranty it. Already got another one on Amazon so won't have any downtime. Runs fine and easily revs to 5-6k
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    Is it the DNJ brand kit?
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    I'm a little wishy washy on fixing the wagon again. Talked to a trucking company with a terminal 1.5 miles from my house and they said they'd hire me as soon as I got my CDLs, and I'd make almost 2x what I make now. With the home terminal that close and crazy amounts more money, I can ditch the wagon without feeling too bad and won't need the MPGs so much. I mean, I could walk or bicycle to work. And I could easily afford the fuel to drive the SUV more.
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Or you could use all that extra $$$ to build the wagon up & make all of us jealous ;)
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    A penny saved is a penny earned.
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    Pfft not worth it.






    I'll probably get a BMW wagon or something equally pretentious.
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    But first I gotta get debts paid off and save for a house. It'll be easier making a lot more moola.
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    Looks like I HAVE to pull the tranny and fix it unless I want to park the car permanently and immediately. I went on a 66 mile trip to ditch some old TVs this morning and lost over 2qts of fluid. It's leaking like a sieve.

    I'm thinking bad torque converter now.
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    If you think a BMW will be cheaper and easier to repair than an Escort then there is little help for you.
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    So it's not leaking from the pan gasket or a cv axle seal then? That's a bummer
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    It's been leaking ever since I got it but it's really bad now. The pan is somewhat freshly gasketed and doped from a filter change and it's dry around there. The reason I think it's the torque converter is it used to be what seemed like a slow drip from between the case and the motor (dripping off of that bracket we like to jack under) but now it seems sprayed everywhere.

    Either way I can't actually find a source with a visual inspection so I need to pull it out to see properly what's going on.

    Maybe there's a second, big leak somewhere dumb like the dipstick tube or whatever but I can't actually see and there was always the old smaller leak even if that's the case so it needs pulled, checked, repaired, and reinstalled. I'll probably use that time to clean up the motor real good and install a reman head while access to the timing belt is easy if I bother with this car at all.

    I only have two more weeks left of this job anyway so it will HAVE to wait, and that gives me time to decide.

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