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About Ford Escort

Ford Escort, as a small family/compact car, was produced by the great American multinational automaker Ford Motor Company from 1980 to 1999 for the North American market. In order to respond to the competition condition that Japanese cars dominating the economy car segment, Ford decided to let more competitive Ford Escort to meet the challenge rather than the predecessor Pinto. Although Ford Escort had been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for many consecutive years, after being manufactured through three generations, it still was replaced by the Ford Focus in 1999 for the 2000 model year in North America.
The second-generation Ford Escort (1991-1996) was built based on the Mazda B platform and came with LX, LX-E trim levels as a sedan, Pony (was replaced by Standard), upscale LX, GT trim levels were also available. During this generation, Ford Escort was powered by a 1.9 L inline 4-cylinder engine cranking out 88 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque and a 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder engine making 127 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, and engines were paired with the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The fourth-generation Ford Escort (1997-1999) dropped hatchbacks but added a new sporty coupe called Escort ZX2. It was offered in base and LX for 1997 and from 1998 to 1999, LX and SE were available trim levels. Ford Escort then got power from the 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine hitched to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Ford Escort Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

With build quality and reliability respectable, Ford Escort offers much more in term of personality and driving fun. It is perfectly suitable for family use, and if you do use your Ford Escort in this way, then you had better get yourself clear of these common problems in advance:
First, engine failure. It is known to many drivers that the longevity of the engine decides the longevity of the vehicle. So, the condition of the engine in your Ford Escort should be attached to enough importance. Some experienced Ford Escort drivers said that as the accumulation of mileage, the engine would gradually make the noise louder and louder, at the same time, it would shake or move more excessively as well as misfiring or running roughly. The ignition timing became retarded and engine performance reduced. If your Ford Escort also show these signs, you had better get the engine mount, motor and transmission mount, timing belt and timing chain inspected thoroughly right now and find out the culprit.
Second, transmission and steering failures. Based on Ford Escort drivers' experience, transmission failure in the vehicle is mainly caused by the shift fork, so this is what you should focus. As for steering failure, it often shows as difficulty steering and leaking steering fluids, which in return caused the low fluid levels. Once these symptoms appear on your Ford Escort, please inspect if the Escort power steering hose is collapsed or damaged, if leaf unattended, you may end up flushing the whole steering system for optimal performance, which will cost you a lot.
You need to be aware of the rule that a vehicle without routine maintenance would even live shorter than it is supposed to if this is what you do not want your Ford Escort suffers, put routine maintenance in the priority. Knowing what to maintain is the first critical step. Windshield wiper, for instance, is made of rubber, but works under open environment including all kinds of adverse conditions; seat belt is often made of nylon but undertakes the responsibility of protecting occupants' safety in a collision or sudden movement; both of them should be maintained on a regular basis.
Even when faced with choosing new parts, always go for OEM Ford Escort auto parts is helpful in extending your Ford Escort's life expectancy. Price is only a minimal factor as has the lowest-priced Ford Escort auto parts in a wide range covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Quality, reliability, durability and even affordability are the basic equipment for these OEM Escort parts. Nothing further deserves your worry when shopping here as hassle-free return policy and quickest delivery service are also available.