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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.

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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    ...to a loving home?
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    I hope so... after absolutely 0% interest on here and locally, I saw a commercial for Carvana saying they’d buy any car as long as it ran. So...

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    Looks like you took good care of'er. For PA, I'd expect to see some rust around the arches for the rear wheels. They had some good paint on many of those though. Sometimes you have to know where to look to really ascertain the condition of the 'scorts.
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    Yes, I took exceptional care of this little car. My kids were tearing up as she got towed away. (I was too a little bit lol). There was rust starting everywhere, and here in PA you will fail your annual inspection with rust on the body. I’ve been fighting rust for the past 4 years or so to get it to pass. Second best car of my life by far. Wish Ford would make something new comparable.
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    I liked mine too but as with yours, I got tired of fighting the rust. When I saw pin holes starting on the rear strut towers I knew it was time. Fortunately for me, 24hr after listing it on Craigslist it was sold.
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    Thankfully that isn't an issue out this way...

    John
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    Rust forced me out of mine as well. Oddly, the undercoat looked fine. But underneath all that, the entire rear end was rust. (could tell by knuckle knocking around back there) Could only jack up the rear end by cross-member... anywhere else would literally crush. But it looked fine.

    Oh rub it in... John. :shifty:

    ;)
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    ☺️

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    How much did Caravana give you for it?
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    Kelly Blue Book trade-in value
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    With a car of this age probably $500
    The caravana is a rip off in my book . I traded in a 4k mike 2018 mustang gt to a dealer and got 28k
    Caravana offered me 24k I believe they prey off of people not being able to sell their cars quickly. They got people that scout craigslist and contact you for your car. That’s how they contacted me .
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    Which was how much?
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    Put spare set of tires on. Looks different with Steelies but they’re not doing anything sitting in cellar
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    Doesn't it matter where in PA with respect to rust? I mean cars pretty much don't rust in Baltimore, so I have to wonder about that.
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    Hey Guys, so I have a few issues with my 99 escort se and am having a hard time figuring out what to do first and also, what to do:
    1. Thermostat Housing- So I have noticed when the weather is cold, it would take a really long time for the car to heat up and the temperature gauge's highest point was only a third of the way. Now its warmer out, sometimes it reaches a little under half, so I am not sure if the T-stat is stuck open, Im not all that worried about it being stuck open of course, but I am very worried about seeing the thermostat housing having a very slight leak between the engine block and T-stat housing leaving some sign of anti-freeze leaking on top of the transmission. I found because I noticed the corrosion on the housing. I'm not really loosing coolant and sometimes it doesn't even leak but I know one day its going to leak really bad being I drive it every day and its my only car. This is leading to my next problem
    2. Changing the Coolant- SO if I have a leaky t-stat housing, how am I going to change the fluid, Should I install the new t-stat housing when I change the coolant and replace the gasket a second time for the housing when I put the new T-stat and housing in? Or Should I change the fluid first and and then change the t-stat and housing? I'm sure the coolant hasnt been changed since I have only had this car for half a year and the old owner told me that it was never done.
    3.The Radiator- Ever since I had the car I noticed an anti-freeze smell with no visible leaks when i would be outside the car, the cap hat had a little bit of signs of leakage but I never seen wet anti-freeze or bubbling on it. I know for a fact it is the original radiator, so either way I'm going to need to replace it even though it is not leaking. which leads me to my previous question should I replace the radiator before the t-stat or vice versa? Also I know the trans cooler lines for this car can become a problem when replacing the radiator, I have no leaks on them as of now, so would it be a problem to just screw the original trans cooler lines into the new radiator with new O-ring gaskets on the banjo fitting?
    -Any good input is appreciated
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    If your t stat housing is starting to leak you're going to need to either replace the entire unit or replace the O ring that's supposed to seal between the block and the housing. It's been awhile since I've had an SPI engine apart so I'm not 100% on how the tstat seals but you get the idea.

    Your radiator should have a petcock on the bottom that allows you to drain the fluid out of your radiator. Drain it. Disconnect the upper rad hose from the tstat. Unplug the sending unit connection. Remove the tstat housing. Do it in reverse order and refill the radiator fluid you had drained out unless you decide you want to refresh with new fluid.

    If your temp stays low your radiator is probably fine. When there is any kind of leak in your cooling system your temps will typically go up.
    If you're going to replace the radiator the o rings usually come with.

    John
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  18. Dave99se

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    Thanks A lot Man.
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    No worries! It's always weird the first time you take apart an area you've never done before.

    I'm sure once you've done it you'll be an expert and figure out how to do it faster and easier the next time you might have to deal with it.

    John
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