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Quite difficult to let go when you've put in the work. I can say it's been great to keep going considering I drove it only about 100-150 miles a week. I had no reason to get rid of it. No one wanted to borrow it or ride with me but that's worked in my favor. Lol!! Put in about $425 for each of the 7 years I've owned it. I'll get it back on the road and safe and then pass it on to my GFs son. (he's poorer than a church mouse).
 

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Quite difficult to let go when you've put in the work. I can say it's been great to keep going considering I drove it only about 100-150 miles a week. I had no reason to get rid of it. No one wanted to borrow it or ride with me but that's worked in my favor. Lol!! Put in about $425 for each of the 7 years I've owned it. I'll get it back on the road and safe and then pass it on to my GFs son. (he's poorer than a church mouse).
That's really nice of you to help out your GF's son like that. Are you giving him the car or are you letting him "borrow" it?

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It'll be his. I'll help him with it but it'll be out of my hands and he can do what he wans with it. I have to let go. :)
 

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It could simply be that the parking brake cable is seized and needs to be replaced. I've had aftermarket replacements that are too short to allow the arms to sit in their full rest position but never fully applied.

You shouldn't need to remove all of the mounts to change the rear one, I've always been able to do it without loosening any of the mounts attached to the body but getting the upper bracket bolt in and out is tight.
 

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I pulled both sides off completely and checked their play. They both were free and easily moved within the assembly. I replaced the left one (the one I'm having difficulty with) years ago and had trouble with it then. I, being the know it all I was, just got it in and adjusted everything to make is a non issue. The Virginia inspection never caught it or had a problem with it, so I never thought twice. It's coming back to roost. I think it was an incorrect part to begin with. I have another one coming (Rockauto) tomorrow. We'll see!
On the mount, I bought a new mount four years ago and tried to replace it without success. Again, the annual inspections never caught the fact that it was shot. (till this year)
The two nuts came off: no issue. The bolt, on the other hand, would not come out. At least 3 RCH short on throw space for it to come out. I will try to get it out again but I'm not going to go nuts over it. If it doesn't clear the body, I'll support the engine and remove the other mounts. Then I'm thinking to just lower the engine and inch or two which should get it clear. I'm envious of you who have said you've done it. I just can't see how since it's as simple as taking the nut off the bolt and pulling the bolt out. Not sure what I'd be doing different or wrong. Wish it was just tight. (?maybe, I wasn't putting enough umph into it?) :)
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Any takers on what this is near the parking brake cable?:
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I didn't lower the engine, I jacked it up and removed the upper bolt through the wheel well. It would clear easily if I wasn't too lazy at the time to remove the battery tray to loosen the upper transmission mount. You leave the lower bracket bolt loose and once you remove the upper one the whole bracket with the mount swings down and you can get the bolt that goes through the center of the mount out. At least that's how I did it on my wagon, I imagine it would be basically the same on the ZX2.
 

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I didn't lower the engine, I jacked it up and removed the upper bolt through the wheel well. It would clear easily if I wasn't too lazy at the time to remove the battery tray to loosen the upper transmission mount. You leave the lower bracket bolt loose and once you remove the upper one the whole bracket with the mount swings down and you can get the bolt that goes through the center of the mount out, at least that's how I did it on my wagon. I imagine it would be basically the same on the ZX2.

As for the little thing on the brake backing plate, my only guess it that it's something to do with reducing vibration.
 

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My Escorts are all 2nd gen LX models, and replacing that mount which is at the firewall side of the transmission has been an enormous nuisance each time. Twice I replaced it when I had the engine/trans out, and the only trick was to get the bottom two studs to fit through the holes in the support member, while the driveline was hanging above me from the cantilever hoist. With the others, it was a matter of dropping that front-to-rear crossmember off, which itself is difficult due to the rusted captive nuts inside the lateral crossmember below the radiator. Then I undid the motor mount below the battery tray (after tray removal ), and was able to lower the engine/trans far enough for the "transmission mount" (what Ford calls it) far enough to slide the through- bolt out. I was supporting the engine and trans with a pair of scissor jacks that I had to slither between to reach the rubber isolator for removal. One scissor jack was under the front lip of the transmission pan to help with tilting the transmission mount downward. I work outdoors on gravel or grass, not having a lift.

I live in Alexandria VA in the summers, and get two or three of my Escorts inspected there each year. So far the station that I prefer to go to has not flagged any sagged motor mounts - nor flagged the amount of rust on the rear suspension arms.
 

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Hey Intuit, That's me for sure!
Denisond3 - I'd consider going to your garage for the inspection but they do emissions testing up there (none in Spotsylvania county.) I don't need the extra headache. :)
Just got the new parking brake cable in and lo and behold! It's not the same size as the one I got from Autozone in 2014! I spent at least three hours on it with no luck. It certainly hasn't been in correctly all that time. I'm pissed but at the same time glad that I didn't waste money and end up with the same cable. I'm setting it all aside until next week. Going to visit the folks in PA. Peace!
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Intuit - I don't have the original one. It rusted up and I replaced it in 2004 with one from Autozone. I spent hours getting it in and don't think it ever was right (it wasn't). I never used the parking brake anyway. My inspection failed last year because they finally caught the fact that pulling the handle didn't stop the car. So I took both cables off to see if they had seized up. Both were fine. This time, I couldn't get the autozone one in for nothing! I struggled the first time. (see above - LOL) SO, I bought a new one and guess what, the thing is not the same length which means that the autozone one was a piece of crap. I'm fully expecting this new one to go in without any issue.
 

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I tired everything under the sun to make the old cable fit. I put the new cable in this morning and all went well. It went in and the wheels weren't locked up. I now have to adjust the parking lever. (I'll do the backing up adjustment first)
THEN, onto the rear engine mount! Wish me luck my friends!
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INTUIT - Test work?
 

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I installed the trans mount this evening with no issues. There was the normal tight crossmember bolts to deal with and getting under the car and back up a few million times. I backed out the nuts holding the left mount to the engine and lowered the engine enough to wrangle out the trans mount thru-bolt. All went back in as easy. (aftermarket mount needed to be ground down some to be able to slide it into the bracket.) It was all mostly disassembly time to do it all. I'll clean everything up over the next few days and button it all up with the list of torque specs. Thanks to all for the suggestions, tips and discussion.
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INTUIT - Test work?
For some odd reason I was getting blocked in a thread and just wanted to make sure it wasn't forum wide. Think it has something to do with recent efforts to block some spammers. So far, oddly, it just seems it's that one thread.
 

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Tried fibrafixheat wrap on broke glass pack.
So far seems to be holding but will be installed this muffler eventually
Why? That muffler is trash too, you can see where the seam is failing.
 
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