1994 Ford Escort Stalling

Tiny
JOHN123B
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  • 1994 FORD ESCORT
Engine Performance problem
1994 Ford Escort 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

Rebuilt engine for one week, new iridium plugs, new sp wires, new idler control valve, new MAF sensor.
Problem: When engine is warm and car is stopped and lights are on and I shift from park or neutral to reverse or drive, it stalls. Oil lights comes on. Otherwise runs like new.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009 AT 12:51 AM

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Tiny
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Does it start right back up or not? What is the rpm for idle set at? Is the engine light on? Get back to me and we will go from there.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009 AT 10:48 AM
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Hi,

The car will start back up. The engine light sometimes goes on. The oil light goes on. The idle speed is at about 650-700 rpm but I think it should be 750 rpm. I'm having my mechanic check the codes with a scanner and I should know more later. Some one at his shop told me to get a new idle air control valve and then a mass air flow sensor. I've wasted two days and over $100.00 on that advice. It might be a torque converter? I took the car to the tranny shop who put in a rebuilt tranny last year and they couldn't find anything. Is a torque converter a transmission part?

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John
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009 AT 1:40 PM
Tiny
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Yes it could be a torque convertor, I would even believe that if the problem was there prior to the engine swap. Was the engine a new engine or a used salvage yard engine or what. See the TPS could cause this or the MAF sensor could too. Now after you find out if you have codes get them to me if there isn't any codes do you have a digital muti meter and a test light? If so we will test a couple of sensors to rule them out ok. Thanks.
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Friday, January 9th, 2009 AT 10:46 AM
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I called the auto parts shop and they connected me to the shop that rebuilds engines. There, they checked the oil pressure etc. Finally, they changed the lifters and increased the idle. No more oil light yet. The idle is at 1K RPM in neutral and about 750 in gear with the break on. It seems a little higher than usual but otherwise it drives good. I'm not sure if I should adjust the idle if I knew how. I can drive at about 25-30 mph with my foot off.

Thanks for all advice,

John
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Friday, January 9th, 2009 AT 4:47 PM
Tiny
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I would have them adjust the idle down a bit as it is high. You should be about 650 or so in gear. They already got your money so have them adjust it just a touch. Thanks and have a Great Day.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 9:00 AM
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I think I've found the screw to adjust the idle. I'd rather do it myself as they don't seem interested in helping anymore.
A thought I have: What is a rebuilt engine anyway? How would I know if I got a rebuilt engine? Would they have ground the valves? Valve seats? Honed the cylinder walls? Replace pistion rings? Machined the bearings? I'm not a consumer advocate but sometimes I wonder.

Regards,

John B.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 11:17 PM
Tiny
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OK if it is a reman engine from a supplier it will have a little tag on one of the freeze plugs. This tag is not to be removed it is a tell tail tag so if the engine gets to hot it pops telling them of it and voids any warranty. Otherwise it is very hard to tell. Did it come with a warranty and what kind.
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 10:20 AM

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