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Would like to meet a good backyard mechanic near SE Ohio

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by sturgilln, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. sturgilln

    sturgilln FEOA Member

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    Hi all!
    Whenever possible I like to fix my 99 escort myself, but I'm not a mechanic and I work 10 hours a day. I would like to know a good backyard mechanic who won't charge me an arm and a leg and would help me work on the old girl sometimes. Projects I need help with: - my clutch kit; Ford want 700 bucks to install it. I just don't have it. I know it's a hard job but I would be there to so the heavy lifting and take instructions. I'm trying to get it done for around 200. I'm willing, but I haven't done a lot of complicated things (I can so tune-ups, breaks, suspension) - and I don't want to mess it up.
    Next project would be fuel injectors; the old girl doesn't run well unless I run 89 octane in her. I'm hoping new fuel injectors will help. I've never done them before and the fuel system is something I do not want to guess at... just let me know and we can get together and tear my car apart. lol.
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    Higher octane I think is a little harder to ignite, but gets a more complete burn once it does.

    If you "need" higher octane, might want to make sure that both, your mechanical* and ignition** timing are in check.

    * - belt
    ** - (worn keyway on harmonic balancer/damper)

    Running too hot might also cause preignition.
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    Thank you,
    I thought of timing first - I had Ford install the auto zone timing kit (timing belt, tensioner, and water pump $103 bucks) and set the timing. It vastly improved the running of the car, but did nothing for the not running on regular problem. Pretty much when I start putting regular in it, it dies at stop lights and actually loses a lot of power at WOT. With plus it doesn't do either of those things. Everyone I talk to says injectors or vacuum leak. I can't find a vacuum leak at all so... that's how I arrived at injectors. I hadn't considered the harmonic balancer - how do I check that? Also, I have no CEL - So that's why I didn't think o2 sensor.
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    I know this is old but what’s your location? I’m in athens
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    I'm still here in Cincy.

    Do you still have that BPT?
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    I also think you should check the crank pulley for ***ANY*** play like Intuit said. That pulley can't wiggle the least bit. It controls your ignition timing.

    These crank bolts seem to wiggle loose once the timing belt has been done on them. Its worth taking the serpentine belt off and wiggling the pulley. Its hard to tell unless it literally makes a knocking noise.

    Injector issues are almost rare. Fuel pressure or an inaccurate sensor are more likely.

    And of course, you can always try unplugging the wires to the dpfe and driving around to see if it goes away. I always suggest egr when nothing else makes sense.
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    @Pizzman5000 - I was reading and thinking 'he didn't mention EGR!?' ... then I got to the last paragraph LoL. :) Good "seeing" you bud.
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    Hopefully in the past 4 years he's figured out the problem, got rid of the car or paid someone else to find the problem.
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    FordMan! You still got that 59? ;)

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