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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,781 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. silicone and tape right angle rubber connecting tube (1 reports)
2001 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012011

Escort 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles


well, my car idles like it's gonna die in the beginning and when i drive it long distances it stops. auto zone said it was because of something to do with the egr valve...i don't know, the car broke down anyways. its a piece of crap. worst car ever. only had it for 2 weeks...

- , Clarksville, AR, USA

problem #1

May 052008

Escort SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,562 miles

Check engine light would come on at start up or while driving. The code was the typical useless 'lean engine burn' which could be dozens of things. Consultation with my mechanic led me to check many things. What appears to be the problem was a vacuum leak in the small (3cm by 3cm) rubber right angle connector on top of the valve cover. It was cracking. I coated it with silicone and black plastic tape. The problem had been recurring weekly. No more problem for last six months. This chunk of rubber was a special order item $22. Any old piece of rubber hose of the correct diameter would also solve the problem.

- , Tempe, AZ, USA

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