1999 Ford Escort

Tiny
REYCORSO
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  • 1999 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 98,000 MILES
The engine is running, but if I take the oil cap off it stalls
I've been told that the compression has reversed. Is there such a thing? Any suggestions?
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 8:37 PM

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Tiny
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This usually means that there is a internal engine vacuum leak.
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
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Also check the pcv valve to see if it is clogged.
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 8:40 PM
Tiny
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Tim, thank you for your advice, but how do I check to see if there is an internal vacuum leak?
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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 AT 12:55 AM
Tiny
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Id check the pcv valve first
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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 AT 8:03 AM
Tiny
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Tim:
I checked the pcv by blowing from one side and then blowing from the opposite side, air went through easy
from one side but not from the other side. I believe it is
ok, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks. Rey
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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 AT 2:34 PM
Tiny
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Ok rey im trying to remember this engine set up. Are you having a problem with the car? Lets not make a problem out of something if theres not a problem. Removing the oil cap may affect the readings of the mass air flow sensor causing it to stall. Is the check engine light on? Is it burning oil? Any other symptoms? Get back to me
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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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Ok Tim, I'll give you the complete story. I took the car to emissions, didn't pass, the check engine light is on, so I took it to a repair shop, the guy there examined it and He said it had no oil at all, I had checked the oil about 4 days prior and it was ok, so I was really confused and then he showed me the oil cap thing, that the engine stall when taken off, and it did! He then told me the compression had reversed. Then I decided to write you and here we are. I hope this helps with the diagnosis thank you so much. Rey
PD funny thing is it runs real nice.
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Monday, March 24th, 2008 AT 11:19 AM
Tiny
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Ok. Lets start by getting the car scanned and find out what code you have. Autozone will do it for free. Then ill know better what the next step should be.
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 AT 5:58 PM
Tiny
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Hi Tim, I finally got around to taking the car to autozone, to scan for the check engine light. Here are the results:
Code P0135: Malfunction in the heater circuit for oxygen sensor 1 in bank 1.
Code P1451: Evap system canister vent solenoid circuit malfunction.
Code P1506: Idle Air Control overspeed error.
Hopefully this info will help us to find the problem. Thanks, Rey.
I almost forgot to mention that I have replaced both oxygen sensors. Does it have more than 2?
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Friday, March 28th, 2008 AT 12:50 PM
Tiny
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Disconnect idle air control valve and see if idle changes. Code 1506 is set when the computer tries to lower idle and the idle air control valve wont let it, this is either caused by a bad idle air control valve or a vacuum leak. Did they clear the codes? You need to check out the idle one first and get to the bottom of that.
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Friday, March 28th, 2008 AT 3:15 PM
Tiny
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Does this mean that when you disconnect the idle air control valve, the idle is supposed to slow down or pick up speed? Any way I did disconnect it and nothing happened, I looked to see if I could find a vacuum leak but I found none.
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Friday, March 28th, 2008 AT 5:25 PM

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