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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Your last post makes me think it is either the distributor or water in the fuel. Your distributer sounds like you have been playing with it for awhile so use your own discretion.

    As for the water it sounds like you should try some dry gas. You should have less than $5, in that. My guess is that it is water in the fuel. Like Maine said it could just be condensation, my guess was based on the proximity of your car to other college students ==== potential random drunk idiots.

    Is your fuel cap sealing properly? Does it feel loose when you tighten it or does it fit snuggly like it should? Generic fuel caps are fairly inexpensive as well.
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSelig View Post
    The air filter is bad, I know for a fact. Couldn't see through it at all. I just left it out (someone was telling me it works better w/o one than a bad one). From what I've been told the air filter isn't that much of a problem due to the fact that I never drive on anything but the highway.
    You really need to replace the air filter, but if nothing else, put the old one back on immediately. You have enough problems without sucking a bunch of trash into your carburator. Take a good look at the outside of your old air filter. Do you really want all that inside your carburator? Because that's where all that dirt is going to go without a filter.

    The problem with the distributor is that I think my bolt came off. It barely stays on... I had someone put silicon on the edges so it would stick, so honestly I'm not sure I can take it off without not being able to put it back on or not. My uncle did check out the distributor and he said it didn't look too good, but I'm not sure if it was corroded or what. I'll try to see if I can't work on it a little with sand paper though.
    You won't be able to do what I was suggesting without taking the cap off. If there is a question of not being able to put it back on, then don't take it off. At least your car is able to run now. If you take the cap off and can't get it back on, your stuck with a vehicle that won't run at all.

    Does this still sound like a distributor cap problem? It seems like it makes sense to me, and since you mentioned it, along with the fact that my uncle said that it might not be working right, it could be reasonable to think that could be the problem.

    Thanks again
    Yes, definantly sounds like a distributor cap problem. So much so, that I suggest you replace both the cap and the rotor button. The new cap will come with the two screws you need to hold it on. I did a quick price check for you and around here (Southern Va.) a Motocraft distributor cap sells for $18.99 and the Motocraft rotor button sells for $9.88 for a 1989 1.9L Escort LX. That is a bit pricey and you can likely find the parts cheaper.

    Will this fix your problem? Honestly, I don't know. But from all you've said, that's definantly where I would start. Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions just ask.

    Put an air filter on that car before you drive it any where.
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Another thing, if your missing a screw that holds on your distributor cap, my guess would be that the cap is broken where the screws attach. If that's the case, the cap could be cracked. That could also cause the problems your describing.
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Update.... before I went home yesterday, I was like screw it I'll get some gas treatment. Once I got in there I saw fuel injector cleaner, so I bought that. Seems like it worked. I think the car bogged down twice on a 3 hr ride home, and I barely pumped the gas for it to start working again.

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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    It is doubtful that fuel injector cleaner would work that fast.

    Sounds like coincidence. That stuff doesn't start working instantly, you need to burn through a tank of gas, at least.

    You've got a problem that comes and goes I think.

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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Did you get dry gas or fuel injector cleaner? There is a big difference between what the two are.
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSelig View Post
    Update.... before I went home yesterday, I was like screw it I'll get some gas treatment. Once I got in there I saw fuel injector cleaner, so I bought that. Seems like it worked. I think the car bogged down twice on a 3 hr ride home, and I barely pumped the gas for it to start working again.
    But it still bogged down. Good luck.
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    I agree that it is the distributor, almost certainly. Spend the $50 if you can get it. Good luck!
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    How's the car running?
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Okay.... update time...

    my roommate finally went and got his hooked up to a machine, long story but in the end he had a dirty fuel map sensor.

    Does my 89 Ford Escort have one? I'm pretty sure. Now I just need to find it and clean that little thing...

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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Check the vacum lines to make sure that they are connected, also check to see if they are leaking, sucking air, etc, if they are replace or put some electrical tape around them. Vacuum lines, little or smaller black hoses that run to various parts. Also check to see if that car has an EGR valve. Chryslers do and they act as you described when the EGR valve is bad.

    We had a car that did that also when the oxygen or fuel sensor went bad or was going bad to, as you described.
    Last edited by Spring~Fields; 03-25-2007 at 10:24 PM.

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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Can't remember if I posted this in here or not, but the vacuum line is off. I didn't think that would make it bog down though ???

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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSelig View Post
    Can't remember if I posted this in here or not, but the vacuum line is off. I didn't think that would make it bog down though ???
    Just depends, its detachment can cause one of the emission/fuel system valves or sensors not to work properly which can create the symptoms, if it was suppose to be attached to one of those. That would be a cheap out (vaccuum line) if that is the resovle to your car problems. If it was attached to the EGR valve or oxygen sensor, without the line attached that could be causing one of those not to work correctly and you will have the bogging down and such as you described in your original post.

    http://www.aa1car.com/library/vacleak.htm
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    Re: Any mechanics out there?

    Just a tip for everyone. Some car parts stores will scan your car for you free, if the service lights come on. I went to an AutoZone once and they scanned my car, the employee told me to put the gas cap on tight, that's all it was.


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