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What did you do to your wagon today?

Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by NightWulf, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I freed up the headlight adjusters on my '92 and aimed the lights at a local parking area against a wall.

    Last week I polished the headlights and cleaned up the grounds and applied dielectric grease to them.

    I'm keen to see how the lights work tonight or tomorrow night.
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    It was last month, when I spliced in new wires going from the interior of the back of the car, and into the interior of the gate on my 94LX wagon. There were two of the original wires that had broken, and all had hardened/cracked insulation. I replaced all eight of them, so am hoping the new bundle will resist getting broken from the flexing when I open and close the gate.
    I had done this twice before, first on my 92LX wagon, then on my 'other' 94LX wagon that lives in TX.
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    Last month, my wife was running errands locally and the timing belt snapped on the 92LX wagon. That belt had about 55k on it. A week before that we made a (for us) fast run from south Georgia to Ocean City MD in that car. So we were running in the 70's for hundreds of miles. I dont know if that shortened the life of the timing belt or not.
    One of my in-laws is an auto mechanic in N.C. He told me they got an update from their online tech service, that among other updates had listed shorter replacement times for timing belts; on Escorts, Hondas, some Mazdas, Toyotas, etc. The ones for the Escorts changed 100k miles, to 60k replacements; similar changes for the other cars listed.
    The timing belts on our 91LX hatchback and 94LX wagon each had well over 50k miles on their timing belt. So I changed them as well.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    Did you have a good time in Ocean City? I was there back in September for Jeep Week.
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    All we did was to deliver our grandsons to the "other grandmother", who had them for a weeks. Then we headed back toward Alexandria.
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BJGVJRG/
    Create your own plug/play wire harness.
    So next time it happens it's a quick swap.

    The belts don't typically snap, they strip. That makes me wonder about the quality of the belt. What seemed to shorten the life of my belt, was me... placing too much tension on the belt before locking the tensioner pulley into place. (overcompensating for belt-stretch) It would strip enough teeth to slip time by a couple or few teeth... and the change in idle/performance would tip me off to check it.

    It would seem that RPMs, are more stressful on belts. It did seem that when the belts did snap, (from old age, overdue mileage,) it typically occurred on the highway.
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    The only time I've ever had a timing belt break on me was on the highway. I came down the offramp and the car shut off.

    I ordered steering rack bushings for my wagon, they arrived Friday but I haven't bothered to do them yet, it's too cold to be laying on the ground.
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    I have only had two belts go bad, and both snapped rather than shedding teeth. Both happened on my 92LX wagon; my first Escort. The first time (2008) may well have been my fault, for pushing the tensioner from behind when I torqued its bolt down, instead of relying on the spring. That belt snapped after about 20,000 miles, but was being driven at the time by my son-in-law who had just gotten his driver license back after a suspension (for multiple speeding tickets in his own car.) So I dont know if he was doing anything unusual at the time. At least he paid to have it towed to our driveway & had offered to have it repaired; but I didnt want anyone else working on my 92LX.
    The second time the belt snapped was last summer (2019). I had tightened that one up just as the Service Manual said to do it. It lasted for about 60,000 miles, and died while my wife was running errands in the suburbs.
    I replaced the timing belts in each of the three Escorts in my yard in VA last summer; essentially for peace of mind, and will soon be changing them in the 94LX we keep in TX - since that belt has about 88,000 miles on it.

    For each of the other Escorts I worked on, I replaced the timing belts when I got them and had things apart for rebuilding the automatic transmissions, or replacing the clutches on the 5-speeds, etc.
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    Well, I replaced the thermostat that was bad ( in two pieces) and saw the radiator was leaking, replaced the radiator last weekend and just changed my oil today. Changed oil in my 2.8 diesel Chevy express yesterday.... it's nearly impossible to find DExos 2 approved oil it needs.
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    Window Regulator and Motor replace for driver/passenger windows. Gonna tint the windows since I'll have 'em out of the doors. Gimme a chance to tint them all the way down.
    Trying to decide on which tint. 3M Color Stable 35% or 3M Crystalline 40. Color stable has decent heat deflection whereas Crystalline has very good heat deflection. Handy when summer comes around.

    John
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    I imagine in a nearly flat black car in Southern CA, it won't make too much difference.....you're going to be cooked anyway! I plan on insulating my headliner next year to further quiet the interior and improve comfort when I swap out the roof rack rails to plan ones. That would probably help you a lot with solar gain too. I use 1/2 thick ductliner insulation. My main noise now is engine noise....those zetecs seen pretty buzzy. I also noticed another cost cutting measure from the 2nd to the 3rd gen is there is no hood insulation, which probably is causing more noise. I hope to upgrade the firewall and hood sound insulation next year too when I swap out to a zx2 heater core ( and put in my tach gages).
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    I'll probably go with the Color Stable as it still gives decent heat rejection and with as many windows as there are on the wagon I'm sure it'll make a difference. I also plan on doing the same as you when I pull my headliner down. Insulate the roof to keep the summer heat from cooking the interior of the car.

    John
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    Wanna buy mine? lol
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    There's another one I'm kinda interested in but I might be officially out of the escort game at this point.
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    Yeah, I’m leaning in that direction too...
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    I wish I could get a newer wagon than an 07 focus. I don't think a 2012-up focus hatch has enough room.
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    Volvo V90 wagon.

    John
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    too big and too expensive.

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