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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
116,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace oil sender switch (1 reports)
1998 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 292015

Escort V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles


I am very blessed!!! My brother is a mechanic and he found the leak and fixed it.

The leak was horrible. Always had to check the oil before using the car. Always had to carry oil in the car, adding .... 3 or 4 quarts per week

PLUS engine Stop Leak two times! He said it was coming from the Oil Sender Switch at the back of the engine. (hard to tell because oil was everywhere - leaking so much, you know)

I hope this helps!!! Yay! No more leaks for my car! No more having to add oil! It's wonderful!

- , Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 182007

Escort SE Ford Induction 2000

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

I really don't like my car, fords in general, they just aren't put together well. I have had many problems with me car, one that really bugs me is how it leaks or burns oil. I have to put about a quart of oil in my car every 2 weeks to a month, yeah! its bad!

- , Sandy City, UT, USA

problem #2

Feb 052007

(reported on)

Escort ZX2 1.9L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Heavy leakage from somewhere at the front of the engine. Appears to be in the area where the pan joins the block, possibly a crankshaft seal. Leakage started about a year ago at roughly 90,000 miles and has steadily gotten worse. Now having to add roughly a quart of oil every 8-10 days and the car is currently only driven about 500 miles a month. I have seen reports of other Escort owners having this problem and most of them seem to start at about 90,000 miles also.

- , Visalia, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 102003

(reported on)

Escort ES

  • 90,000 miles

No car problems before until now. no oil on the stick and oil on the ground....

- , Newport News, VA, USA

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