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I bought it, and found this community! OK, so I bought it Sunday, but close enough, I just found this forum today.

Stuff to be done, but mechanically seems sound, very very little rust, just over 200k miles. Mostly I think I'm going to be learning the wiring harness (cruise, lighter socket don't work, radio's iffy) and replacing the shift bushings in the days to come.
 

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I bought it, and found this community! OK, so I bought it Sunday, but close enough, I just found this forum today.

Stuff to be done, but mechanically seems sound, very very little rust, just over 200k miles. Mostly I think I'm going to be learning the wiring harness (cruise, lighter socket don't work, radio's iffy) and replacing the shift bushings in the days to come.
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My '99 SE has been running very poorly for a few weeks. Gas mileage fell from 29 to 24 mpg since Christmastime, when I ran the gas tank dry. Missing, poor acceleration, loss of power on uphills. Replaced fuel filter a week ago, no help.

Purchased from original buyer a year and a half ago, at 80k miles,123K miles now. Replaced plugs, wires, and coil pack today. Plugs and wires were Motorcraft, prob original. Chose Autolite double platinum plugs per recommendation on this forum, mid range wire set, mid range coil pack. 132$ !!

Spark plug no. 1 broke mid electrode when I pulled the wire. All spark plug gaps were Much wider than the .052 to .056 specs. All plugs were hard to remove. Glad I bought a gap tool, as all of the new ones were wide. Also glad I had compressed air to blow out the spark plug wells as ALot of dust came out. Anti-sieze on the plug threads, silicone stuff on the wire sockets. Plugs went in smooth, once they got tight, I could hardly get the 10 degrees one site recommended.

After I routed the wires through the clips from plugs to coil pack I decided I had done it backwards, so rearranged the wires in the clips, from bottom to top, 1,2,3,4.

Runs great! Acceleration and response are what I expect. Got it up to 60mph on way home with no hesitation. Will take it on highway and uphills soon, and report on mpg when I know.

A hundred and a half in parts, 2 1/2 hours in a borrowed garage, and I got my car running good again.

AFN... (All For Now... )

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On Saturday I bled the front brakes and readjusted the front alignment toe. Ran out of brake fluid so I'll need to pick up more so I can bleed the rear brakes next weekend. Did an oil change last weekend as well. 226K miles and still running strong.
 

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Apparently converted mine to a diesel. Sounded like it anyway. Then shop I took it to managed to run rod through engine while diagnosing. So now, since it is light enough, I just push it around while making engine noises. Good exercise.

Joking (and crying) aside, really bummed and am having trouble finding a replacement engine. Shop wants over $4k to replace with a used. Not sure if I could do it myself. Have only had car a short time but have really liked it.
 

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Apparently converted mine to a diesel. Sounded like it anyway. Then shop I took it to managed to run rod through engine while diagnosing. So now, since it is light enough, I just push it around while making engine noises. Good exercise.

Joking (and crying) aside, really bummed and am having trouble finding a replacement engine. Shop wants over $4k to replace with a used. Not sure if I could do it myself. Have only had car a short time but have really liked it.
Why push? Horse much better!
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It's debatable. Horses are expensive, average cost is around $3K, plus you have to feed, house it, and pay a vet when it gets sick.
 

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Replaced the upstream o2 sensor and rotated the tires; picked up a P0420 and P0133 four days apart back in July, cleared codes, ran Seafoam (intake ingestion) and the P0133 came back last week. I had already ordered and received the o2 sensor back in August and was just waiting to see if the code would come back. Sure as shit, it did. Took about 20 minutes to do it; the old o2 sensor had next to no tension on it and it broke free very easily from the header. The shield wasn't difficult to remove, either.

227K miles and counting.
 

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Replaced the upstream o2 sensor and rotated the tires; picked up a P0420 and P0133 four days apart back in July, cleared codes, ran Seafoam (intake ingestion) and the P0133 came back last week. I had already ordered and received the o2 sensor back in August and was just waiting to see if the code would come back. Sure as shit, it did. Took about 20 minutes to do it; the old o2 sensor had next to no tension on it and it broke free very easily from the header. The shield wasn't difficult to remove, either.

227K miles and counting.
I keep getting a CEL but before I can read it, it clears itself. Ha.
So 227K miles and counting...has the head been done, dropped valve seat etc?
I'm at ~110K and hoping it keeps going especially with the price of gas now.
Love love love my benz but can't afford to drive it any distances.
 

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I keep getting a CEL but before I can read it, it clears itself. Ha.
So 227K miles and counting...has the head been done, dropped valve seat etc?
I'm at ~110K and hoping it keeps going especially with the price of gas now.
Love love love my benz but can't afford to drive it any distances.
No dropped valve, original head and gasket, the rotating assembly has never been messed with. I've had the car since 101K miles and it's been nothing but a blessing as it's awesome on fuel economy, easy to work on and maintenance parts are cheap on Rock Auto. You can still pull codes on your Escort; any CEL's it's had as of recent are still stored in memory (before 40 key-on/off's if the light doesn't come back).
 

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Fully bled the clutch slave cylinder today. I had fully bled the front and rear brakes back in June and remembered about the clutch so I made time to do it today. The dust cap on the bleed screw was completely cooked into place and had to be taken off in pieces; I used a lighter to soften it then took it off with pliers. The fluid was almost black (like the brake fluid back in June) so I'm pretty sure it hasn't been bled in a very long time if ever. Went driving for about 30 minutes afterward and it feels pretty good now.
 

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Been having windshield washer fluid issues for a while; I was convinced at one point that the washer pump was going out as it would spray erratically at times. Today I decided to dig into it and check the nozzles as when I had tested it the other day one nozzle was spraying better than the other but both appeared to be shooting at lower pressure than normal. Took my air compressor @90PSI and pushed air through both nozzles front and back (spray end and hose attachment end) after removing them from the hood.

Now they are both spraying great.. and now I don't have to watch my 'fancy' 0 degree de-icer washer fluid dribble off the hood and onto the ground XD

Also bought some replacement bleeder screw caps to replace the one I destroyed on the clutch slave cylinder last week. Next time I have the wheels off, I'll replace the ones that are rotting or gone on my brake calipers and wheel cylinders.
 
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