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2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Idling Noise and Problem

Discussion in 'Wackbag Home Improvement & Car Repair' started by ruckstande, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. ruckstande

    ruckstande Posts mostly from the shitter. Donator

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    Can anyone diagnose this noise? It's making a hissing noise when idle and disappears when pressing down on the gas and it feels like it is going to stall when stopped. I'm not looking for any miracles here just an idea of what this is and how much it may cost us to fix. Trying to save for a wedding and hoping our piece of shit cars last one more year.
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    Sounds like a vacuum leak...

    If that car has an IAC motor, maybe it's stuck open.

    Stand by for BB1 or Fezman to provide professional diagnosis.
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    Sounds like a Johnson rod.
  4. ruckstande

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    That's what my girl said but I beg to differ.
  5. ruckstande

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    I SAID VACUUM!!! I really don't know.
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    In all seriousness, check the transmission mount or a vaccuum hose or PCV valve hose.

    Is your check engine light on?
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    Yeah it's a vacuum leak. See if there is a vacuum hose diagram under the hood somewhere. Usually they are on the radiator support near the hood latch, or on a sticker on the bottom of the hood. Use that as a map to follow each individual hose. One has to be split somewhere of came off of whatever component it was hooked to.
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    No the light is not on.
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    I will take a gander at that tomorrow when it's light out. I hate our cars. Hers more than mine. I have a 96 Nissan Pickup with 176666 miles on it and doesn't give me much issue.
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    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    did you check the air in the tires?
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    Yes those are pretty good thank you. Needs an oil change though.
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    I agree with the vac. leak.
    Get a can of 2+2 or some other gum cutter and spray it around the intake
    and hoses. When it hits the vac. leak the idle will go up and smooth out.
    Fix accordingly.
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    Thank you!
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    it may be your electrolux or hoover
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    Push it off a cliff and collect the insurance
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    All they did was replace the PCV tube and we had the oil changed. All in all it was $122.95. Not bad.
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    There ya go. Sometimes things can seem bad but really are minor.
    A large vacuum leak is like that. It can cause bad idling, misfiring,
    a loss of power, a check engine light or any combination of those.
    Unless it's a bad intake manifold or gasket, the fix is usually pretty
    cheap compared to what most imagine it's gonna cost.
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    I am quite relieved.
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    just FYI

    I have a 2001 ZX2 and the engines on those particular models idle a little low on a regular basis. They also vibrate like crazy when stopped at a light. I shift into neutral to get rid of some of it. It's just the way those particular engines are.

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